Board elects six to 2014 Chamber board
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 2014.
Dr. Deidre Martin, University of South Carolina Aiken, nominating committee chair and incoming board chair, said, “I am so pleased to have this enthusiastic and diverse group of new board members joining our team. We have some challenging goals for the coming year, and I feel these folks will do a great job representing a broad cross section of the business community as we move ahead!”
Jimmy Angelos is president of URS Professional Solutions LLC. Professional Solutions is a unique organization comprised of subject matter experts in many areas but primarily in nuclear safety and the safe operation of complex high hazard facilities. Prior to his current assignment, Angelos served as senior vice president of the Consulting Solutions business at Professional Solutions, and prior to that he was vice president at Washington Savannah River Company (WSRC) for the Nuclear Nonproliferation Program. He has more than 38 years of experience in nuclear operations and project management. He holds a Bachelor and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of South Carolina. This is Angelos’ second term on the Aiken Chamber Board of Directors.
Carl Henson is the vice president of Marketing and Business Development for MAU (Management Analysis & Utilization, Inc.). He is the youngest officer in the company, having risen through the ranks from an entry-level position to VP over the past 16 years. Today, he oversees all of MAU’s sales and marketing efforts, and under his guidance, the company has become one of the largest employers in South Carolina. Henson is a member of the South Carolina Economic Development Association, the South Carolina Manufacturer’s Association, and the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce. He is a graduate of USC-Aiken and currently serves as president of the University’s Alumni Council, and, in his own words, he is a “proud product of Aiken.” This is Henson’s second term on the Aiken Chamber Board.
John McMichael is the business development officer and producer agent broker in Risk Management for Hutson Etherredge Companies. He has 40 years in the insurance industry, holding various positions in marketing, sales, risk management, and claims. He is a licensed agent and broker in South Carolina and Georgia. McMichael has been a Chamber ambassador for the past five years. He has been co-chair of Aiken’s Makin’ for the past two years and will serve in the same position in 2014. He serves on the City of Aiken Planning Commission, the board of Hitchcock Healthcare, and is a member of the Aiken Rotary Club. He is a graduate of Aiken High School and the University of South Carolina. This is McMichael’s second term on the Aiken Chamber Board.
Wayne Morgan is the general manager of Master Chevrolet Cadillac in Aiken. He has been with Master for 23 years, starting at their Buick GMC dealership in Augusta, Georgia before moving to the Chevrolet Cadillac dealership in Aiken when it was purchased three years ago. He has held positions of sales representative, sales manager, and now general manager with Master. In his current role, he is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the dealership, which includes new and used vehicle sales, service, and parts departments, as well as the Rhino Lining franchise for Aiken. Morgan is a 1995 graduate of North Augusta High School and attended USC-Aiken. He is also a 2012 graduate of the year-long National Automobile Dealers Association Dealer Academy program located in McLean, VA.
Catie Rabun is a project manager for real estate development group LeylandAlliance LLC of Tuxedo, NY, serving as the manager for their mixed-use neighborhood, Hammond’s Ferry, in North Augusta. She is also the founder and managing partner for Caradasa LLC, a start-up real estate development and investment company in downtown Aiken where she is focusing efforts to revitalize several downtown buildings. An Aiken native, Rabun is a board member of the Greater Aiken Integrated Trails Foundation, committee member of the Aiken Downtown Development Association, and a member of Aiken Rotary Club and the National Town Builders Association. She is active in the Aiken Young Professionals and served on the Chamber’s Blue Ribbon Panel on “the next big ideas for Aiken.” She obtained a master’s in Real Estate Development and Urbanism from the University of Miami and a bachelor’s in Marketing from Clemson University.
Theresa Swafford is a regional director for Manpower and supervises offices in Aiken and Greenwood, as well as Augusta, Thomson, and Waynesboro Georgia territories. She has been a top producing regional director and branch manager for Manpower for nearly 15 years. A native of Aiken, Swafford says her goal is to create jobs, connect businesses with talent, and work within communities in order to advance education, economic development, and workforce development. She has served as chair of the SC State Employer Council and the Aiken Employer Council. She received the SC Employer Veterans Advantage Award in 2010 and the Manpower Power Award on two separate occasions. This past year Swafford served as a Chamber ambassador as well as on the Aiken Chamber’s Blue Ribbon Panel. She is a graduate of Aiken High School and Leadership Aiken County.