Two elected to Chamber board


The Aiken Chamber Board of Directors has elected Aiken City Manager Richard Pearce and Economic Development Partnership (EDP) Executive Director Will Williams to serve as ex-officio members. 


They replace Roger LeDuc, retired Aiken City manager, and Fred Humes, EDP director emeritus and director of the Applied Research Center, who previously served as ex-officio members on the board.


"We are pleased to have Richard and Will on the Chamber Board," said Chair Frank Thomas, Security Federal Bank. "They bring years of talent and leadership experience and will provide valuable input. We look forward to working with them as we support and grow our business community."


Richard L. Pearce has been Aiken's city manager since January 29 of this year. Prior to his current position, Pearce served in several positions with the city, including assistant city manager, solicitor and staff attorney where he established the first youth court to operate in the city and was instrumental in organizing its livability court sessions.


Pearce is a member of the Rotary Club of Aiken and remains active in Rotary International as a Sustaining Paul Harris Fellow and Benefactor.


Other memberships include the American Bar Association, the International Municipal Lawyers Association, the South Carolina Municipal Attorneys' Association, the American Trial Lawyers Association, and the National District Attorneys Association.


Pearce graduated from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor's degree in Chemistry and from the USC School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree.


Will Williams, a South Carolina certified economic developer, has been engaged in economic development for the past 14 years. He currently serves as the director of EDP and previously as the associate director.  


Prior to joining EDP, Williams was an area director for ReadySC, a division of the South Carolina Technical College System and a project manager for the South Carolina Department of Commerce. He has also worked in manufacturing management and was the business development director for an industrial construction firm.


He is a member of the Rotary Club of Aiken, Lower Savannah Workforce Investment Board, South Carolina Economic Developers Association and the Hitchcock Healthcare Board.


Williams is a graduate of The Citadel where he earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration.

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