Board elects 6 new members

The Board of Directors of the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce recently approved six new board members.  They will begin their three-year terms in
January 2012. Attorney Arthur W. (Buzz) Rich, nominating committee chair and incoming board chair, said, “We have assembled a diverse, talented group that represents both smalland large business.  I’m excited about having them serve on the board and look forward to hearing their ideas for the Chamber and the business community. Their leadership skills will complement those of the current board members.”





Sally Brodie is a third generation Aikenite and the owner of ERA Real Estate One.  She has been selling and managing real estate in Aiken for more than 38 years.  She serves on the board of directors of the Aiken Area Council on Aging and the Aiken County Legislative Transportation Committee. In addition, she has been president of the Aiken Board of Realtors for three different terms. This will be Brodie’s second term on the Chamber’s board of directors.  She has served on the organization’s Transportation Council and the Highway Overlay Task Force.




Dr. Gemma Frock is the vice president of Education and Training at Aiken Technical College.  She has been with ATC for 18 years. She is a past board chair of the North Augusta Chamber of Commerce and served as a member of the Diversity Committee for North Augusta 2000. She is past treasurer and program chair of the South Carolina Association of Higher Continuing Education and is the chair-elect of the Chief Academics Officers for the South Carolina Technical College System. She volunteers with
Team in Training and the Humane Society. This will be Dr. Frock’s second term on the Chamber’s board of directors.  She chaired the organization’s Workforce
Development Committee for two years and its accreditation process this year.



Joerg Klisch is the director of Operations and plant manager of the local Tognum America production facility at Sage  Mill Industrial  Park. He was responsible for planning and
executing the relocation of Tognum America’s North America operations from Detroit, Michigan to Aiken County last year. Klisch has an extensive background of intercultural work experience from Germany as well as from the U.S. companies. He has worked with the German Navy, Daimler in Germany, MTU Friedrichshafen, and MTU Detroit Diesel in theU.S. He is currently finishing the transfer of Operations from Detroit and is working to expand the company’s footprint in Aiken beyond what was done
in Michigan. 


Chrissa Matthews owns DayBreak Adult Care Services, an in-home service that helps senior adults continue to live in their own homes.  She also has a speech practice in the community. Her passion for helping others extends beyond her business efforts through community service and involvement.  She serves on the boards of the Mental Health Association and Aiken Area Council on Aging and is a member of the Rotary Club of Aiken. She has been involved with numerous fundraising and service efforts in Aiken to
benefit a variety of state and local non-profit organizations, including the Palmetto Sertoma Club and the Aiken Junior Woman’s Club.  She has served in leadership roles for both organizations.



Carlos Milanes is the CEO and managing director of Aiken Regional Medical Centers (ARMC).  He has worked in hospital administration in various states, including Texas, Alabama, and Florida, for the past 28 years. He joined the ARMC administrative staff in 2003 as the chief operating officer. Milanes serves on the executive committee of the USCA Partnership Board and sits on the board of the Child  Advocacy Center.  He is a “Fellow” of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is active in the South Carolina Hospital Association.  His other activities include the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk, and the Savannah River Cancer Foundation’s Relay for Life.  He
has also served on the board of the Shepeard  Community Blood Center. This will be Milanes’ second term on the Chamber board.

Ron Shepherd is the area manager of the Aiken Trade Management Center (TMC) of UPS Customs Brokerage.  He assumed the responsibility of the local facility in January 2010, moving to Aiken from the southernNew Jersey area. The Aiken TMC is one of Aiken County’s larger employers with over 440 people on staff and is one of the largest UPS Customs Brokerage facilities in theU.S. Shepherd has been employed with UPS for more than 26 years, serving in various positions of responsibility, including Operations, Technology, Sales, and Compliance.  He has more than 20 years of experience in international transportation and managed one of UPS’ largest export and import hubs located in Philadelphia, PA. 







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