Chamber ambassadors ready for 2015


A dynamic and enthusiastic group of ambassadors recently completed training for the Aiken Chamber’s 2015 program.  The 62-member team, who represent a cross section of the Chamber membership, qualified for the prestigious program.   


“This year’s ambassadors are a very energetic and lively group who demonstrate a true passion for the Chamber's mission and the important role they will play in it,” said Chamber Chair Bart Blackwell, B & S Machine Tool, Inc. Blackwell joined the ambassadors during their training program January 16.


"I am always impressed by our ambassador program,” said Chamber President J. David Jameson. “These volunteers display a keen level of interest and commitment to helping us meet our goal of connecting and engaging our members. They are an asset to a chamber, and I look forward to working with this fine group during the year,” Jameson said.


Ambassadors have a prominent position of responsibility in the business community. They act as the Chamber’s primary liaisons for new and existing members and are highly visible at Chamber events.

They assist members by introducing them to the benefits and services of membership and by serving as a means for members to engage in the organization.


This year’s corporate sponsor is Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC. Fran Jones, plant manager of Bridgestone’s Aiken Passenger Plant, said, “As a member of the business community, Bridgestone has chosen to sponsor the Ambassador Program for the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce again this year because of the impact these individuals have on welcoming and educating the new and existing chamber members.  Ambassadors provide great service to the businesses in Aiken,” said Jones, chair-elect and membership services for the Aiken Chamber.


The 2015 chair of the Ambassador Program is Jason Rabun, First Citizens Bank, and the vice chair is Gary Sullivan, TPI – Tyler Press, LLC.


2015 Ambassador Team


Katie Ard

McWaters, Inc.


Joy Barr

The March of Dimes


Jeff Baumgardner

Comfort Keepers


Sarah Beaulieu

Office of Congressman Joe Wilson


Marianne Berry

Cell Switch, LLC


Tracey Betzler

Morgan Stanley Wealth Management


Beverly Bradberry

Verandas On The Green


Anna Bridges



Kathy Campbell

Cedar Creek Living


Nancy Cerra



Hannah Clark

State Farm Insurance, Clark Agency


Mary Commons

Aiken Technical College


Meredith Cook

Gravatt Camp & Conference Center


Sherry Corbet

Wayne's Automotive and Towing Center


Haley Culp

Aiken Standard


Andrea Dick

Hospice Care of Tri-County


Chris Dickson

The George Group, LLC


Samantha Dyess

Security Federal Bank


Pegi Flahault

Mobile Office Management, LLC (M.O.M.)


Frank Fulmer

Vanco Payment Solutions, Inc.


Tonya Fulmer

Woodside Plantation Country Club


Justin Glessner

USCA Convocation Center - A Global Spectrum Managed Facility


Peggy Gregory

Five Star Commercial Cleaning, LLC


Samantha Hall

Martin Wilson, LLC


Jennifer Hart

Goodwill Industries


Gene Hart

The Dumpster Depot, LLC


Jim Hartsook

Talent Connections / Career Spa


Amber Holcomb

Trinity Home Health & Hospice Services


Susan Huff



Rakesh Jasani

Hampton Inn – Aiken


Julie Keating

Trinity Home Care


Vivian Kennedy

Storage R Us


Kelley Kohr

WSI eMarketer


Keaton Kovacs

Augusta GreenJackets


Ellen Luton

United Way of Aiken County, Inc.


Lavonya Maddox

Sam's Club


Woody Malone



Kim Matthews

SC Metal Products


John McMichael

Hutson-Etherredge Companies


Lauren Molony

Aiken Standard


Matt Musolf

University Health Care System


Caela Paioff

O.A.K. Services


Karen Poteat

Aiken Active Seniors


Jason Rabun - Chair

First Citizens Bank


James Samorian

Woodside Plantation Country Club


Kim Scott



Shannon Shaffer

Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc


Andrew Siders

Allstate Insurance, Siders & Yarborough Agency


Emily Sturkie

Public Education Partners


Gary Sullivan – Vice Chair

Tpi - Tyler Press, Inc


Eryn Taylor

MAU Workforce Solutions


Tamalyn Teems

Aiken Regional Medical Centers


Marilyn Theesfeld

B-Healthy, Wealthy, and Happy


Tiea Thomas

SRP Federal Credit Union


Valerie Thomas

Tyler Sanitation


Maidi Thompson

Aiken Homes & Lifestyles Magazine


LaShaunda Tucker

Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC


Rebecca Vigné

South Company


Lauren Walck

Hitchcock Healthcare


Cathy Walker

Pepper Hill Nursing Center, Inc.


Kevin White

Health and Safety Solutions, Inc.


Noah Zook

Southpoint Construction


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