Dynamic team set to lead the Aiken Chamber of Commerce in 2011
The Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce has announced its leadership team for the upcoming year. These dedicated volunteers offer a broad perspective on business and community related matters and, through their service to the Chamber, support the Chamber's mission of creating opportunities for members to build successful businesses and of enhancing quality of life in the community.
The following 2011 officers will work closely with the board of directors, the professional staff, and numerous volunteers to implement the Chamber's 2011 program of work.
Frank Thomas - 2011 Chair of the Board
A native of Aiken, Frank Thomas is the executive vice president for Business Development at Security Federal Bank. He currently serves on the board of directors of Security Federal Corporation. Thomas has been in the Aiken banking business for more than 30 years and had his own real estate firm for five years. He actively participates in the community and currently serves on the board of directors of the Aiken Corporation, the Child Advocacy Center, and the GVW Community Corporation. He has also served as president of the Aiken Board of Realtors, as chair of the United Way, and as a board member of the USC Aiken Partnership.
Arthur (Buzz) Rich - Chair-elect and Membership Services
Buzz Rich considers himself to be a native of Aiken (almost), having moved to the community at the age of four. He has been practicing law in Aiken for the past 37 years, beginning when he joined his father's law firm in 1973. In 1981 he formed his own private practice with an emphasis in real estate and in estate planning and administration. Rich has been an active member of the Aiken community for many years. He is president of the Aiken Estate Planning Council and board member of the Aiken Corporation, Aiken Technical College Foundation, Salvation Army Advisory Board, and Public Education Partners, where he also serves as treasurer. In addition, he is a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Aiken and the Kiwanis Club.
Brenda Stein - Secretary/Treasurer
Brenda Stein is the senior vice president of Operations for Veracity Payment Solutions, Inc. She has more than 18 years experience in the payment processing industry. Prior to Veracity, Stein served as vice president and general manager for multiple west coast alliance bank relationships at Nova/Elavon. Stein serves on the USC Aiken Partnership Executive Board of Directors as the Member at Large. She currently serves as a board member for the Aiken Downtown Rotary Club responsible for International Service Projects as well as works as a member of the Sergeant-at-Arms committee.
Steve Wilson - Vice Chair of Business and Community Development
A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Steve Wilson is vice president of branches for SRP Federal Credit Union. His responsibilities include working with branch staff to provide exceptional service to almost 100,000 members throughout the credit union's 21 branches and seven-county market area. Wilson came to the credit union in 2006 from First Resource Federal Credit Union in St. Joseph, Michigan, where he served as vice president of member service and sales. He has more than 37 years experience in the financial services industry; he earned his bachelor of arts in Economics from Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania, and his MBA in Finance from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Carl Smith - Vice Chair of Public Affairs
Carl Smith is president of Smith Financial and Tax Advisory Group, a financial service business located in Aiken. A self taught entrepreneur, Smith has been a resident of South Carolina since 1993. He has been in business for himself all his working life and prior to his current business was a sub contractor at the Savannah River Site. Over the past 13 years, Smith has developed a specialty in helping those who want to protect their assets, cut income taxes, provide more income over a lifetime, and reduce or eliminate estate taxes while managing risk in their portfolio. Carl and his wife Pearline are active in the community and are involved in several civic and charitable organizations, including United Way, Toys for Tots, the Food Bank and many other charitable organizations.
Liz Stewart - Immediate Past Chair
A native of Florida, Dr. Liz Stewart founded Stewart and Associates, Inc. in 1985 to provide consulting and training services to help organizations function more effectively. She served 15 years with Xerox Corporation and retired as the regional vice president of Organizational Development and Strategic Planning Services. Dr. Stewart serves on the executive committee of the United Way of Aiken County and on the boards of the Savannah River Cancer Foundation and the Aiken Downtown Development. She is a board member of Public Education Partners and of the American Association of University Women. She also serves on the SCANA Advisory Board and the International Economists Society Board. In addition, she serves on the City of Aiken Planning Commission and is vice chair of Celebrate Aiken, the City's 175th birthday.
J. David Jameson - President/CEO
A native South Carolinian, David Jameson is the President/CEO of the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce. He has more than 36 successful years of Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development leadership and management in South Carolina and North Carolina. He currently serves on several boards, including the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, Aiken Downtown Development Association, Aiken Corporation, and the Rotary Club of Aiken where he will serve as president beginning July 2011. In addition, he serves on the USCA Convocation Center Advisory Committee, USCA Partnership Governmental Affairs Committee, and the Friends of Hopelands. Jameson is the chair of the Board of the Savannah River Site Community Reuse Organization, a non-profit organization representing five counties in Georgia and South Carolina that surround the Department of Energy's Savannah River Site.