Julie Whitesell is proud to be raising her two children Baxter and Shyla with her husband, Jimi, in her hometown. Whitesell has been a REALTOR® for 17 years and is currently the Broker in Charge of the Downtown Meybohm Real Estate office.
A graduate of USCA with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Whitesell enjoys the vibrant art community in Aiken. She has been involved with Heart Show, an original musical comedy written and directed by her father Jim Moore, for over 20 years. It has raised over 2 million for the American Heart Association. She also co-directs Act It Out Theatre Camp at the ACT with Brooke Lundy and Casey Young. She is a lifelong member of St. John’s United Methodist Church where she volunteers with the youth and children’s ministries. Whitesell serves on the Executive Committee for SC REALTORS® Association, Broker Involvement Council for National Association of REALTORS®(2019), Augusta Board of REALTORS®(2019), Kevin & Brittany Kisner Foundation Board, and the Aiken Downtown Development Association board.
Chair-Elect & Membership Services
E. Ryan Reynolds moved to Aiken with his family in the late 1980s. He graduated from South Aiken High School in 1997 and from Clemson University with a B.S. in construction science and management in 2011. Reynolds serves on the Construction Industry Advisory Board for the Construction Science Department at Clemson University. Reynolds began his career building new schools with his family’s Aiken based general contracting business, H.G. Reynolds Company. After traveling across the state of South Carolina as a project superintendent with the family business, he moved back to Aiken in 2013 to take an ownership role in the business. Reynolds and his wife, Kelly, are members at St. John’s United Methodist Church. They have three daughters, Elizabeth Grace, Anna Bryce, and Evelyn. He coaches youth sports at Citizens Park and volunteers with various other local charities.
Vice-Chair Business & Community Development
Van Smith is a born and raised Aikenite and graduate of Aiken High School. Smith started working in the clothing business at the age of 12 with his dad, Lionel Smith, at LeGrande's of Aiken. In 1976, Lionel Smith, ltd was born and he began working part time for his father’s new men’s clothing store. Smith graduated in 1985 from the University of South Carolina with a degree in retail management and became a full-time employee at the store. He purchased the store in 1992. Smith is a passionate advocate of Downtown Aiken. He has served on multiple Aiken Downtown Development Association boards and committees for over 20 years. He serves on the Aiken Main Street board, the Aiken Corporation board, and is a Paul Harris fellow and a member of the Aiken Rotary Club. Smith and his wife, the former Tracey Olcott, have teenage triplet daughters and are members of St. John's United Methodist Church where he serves on the Finance Committee and the Youth Advisory Committee.
Vice-Chair Public Affairs
Dr. Sandra Jordan is the fourth Chancellor of the University of South Carolina Aiken and is the chief executive officer and principal representative for the University. Over the past 30 years, Dr. Jordan has served in many leadership positions at universities, including Department Chair, Dean, Vice Provost and Provost before becoming Chancellor. Dr. Jordan received her Ph.D. and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Georgia. Dr. Jordan attended the Management Development Program at Harvard University’s Institute for Higher Education; the 21st century Leadership Institute sponsored by ALIA and AASCU, and was a summer fellow at Vanderbilt University’s Institute for Higher Education Management. An active member of the community, Dr. Jordan serves on numerous local, state, and national boards and is active in developing future higher education leaders by mentoring cabinet level professionals through the American Academic Leadership Institute in Washington, D.C. Dr. Jordan and her husband Michael reside in Aiken. They have one son, Matthew.
Jason Rabun received his B.A. from the University of South Carolina in 2006. He joined First Citizens Bank and Trust Company, Inc. in October 2014 and serves as its vice president, business banker. Before First Citizens, he worked as a financial services officer at Security Federal Bank for six years. As a native of Aiken, Rabun has remained actively involved in his home community. He has been a member of the Aiken Chamber Young Professionals since 2008 and served as its chair in 2011. He was recognized in 2009 as Aiken’s Rising Star by the organization. Rabun is the treasurer for the Child Advocacy Center of Aiken County, past chair and board member of the Aiken Technical College Foundation board of trustees, past chair of the Aiken Downtown Development Association and serves on the City of Aiken’s Planning Commission. In addition, Rabun is a volunteer firefighter for the City of Aiken where he was recognized as Volunteer Firefighter of the Year in 2013. Rabun has a passion and is committed to assisting small businesses and customers with their financial matters and enjoys giving back to the community he calls home. He enjoys spending time at Palmetto Golf Club, playing court/real tennis and traveling with his wife, Carla.
Pastor Paul Bush is a graduate of Aiken High School. He earned a master’s degree in Christian Psychology and a bachelor’s degree in Divinity from Jacksonville Theological Seminary. In addition, he holds a Certificate of Degree in "The School of The Prophets" from Lahairoi Bible College in Augusta, Georgia, an associate degree in Theology from Christian Life School of Theology in Columbus, Georgia, and an associate degree in Human Services; with Certificates of Degrees in Criminal Justice and Alcohol and Drug Abuse from Aiken Technical College. In April 2015 Rev. Bush was honored as “Man of the Year” for South Carolina at the 35th Annual Partnership, Collaboration, Courage and Leadership Achievement Award Gala. Rev. Bush currently serves as the president of the Concerned Ministers Fellowship of Aiken and on the Center for African-American History, Art and Culture board of directors. He is a NAACP Silver Life member and a member of the African-American Ministers Leadership Council. Rev. Bush has served as an Ambassador for the Aiken Chamber of Commerce since 2015. Rev. Bush is married to the former Ms. Michelle Page. They have four children and nine grandchildren.
David Jameson, a native South Carolinian, is the President/CEO of the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce. He has more than 40 successful years of Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development leadership and management in South Carolina and North Carolina. He has led the Aiken Chamber through two 5-Star Accreditations with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – Only 105 of the nation’s approximately 7,000 chambers nationwide currently hold this distinction. In November 2014, the Aiken Chamber was named the Outstanding Large Chamber of the Year for South Carolina and North Carolina. He currently serves on several boards, including Aiken Downtown Development Association, the Aiken Corporation, and is both a past chair (2011) and incoming chair for 2018 for the Savannah River Site Community Reuse Organization, a nonprofit organization representing five counties in Georgia and South Carolina that surround the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site. He is the past-chair of the Greater Aiken Integrated Trails Foundation (GAIT), the Woodwinds Estates Homeowners Association and the Rotary Club of Aiken. In 2017, Jameson was honored with the Distinguished Citizenship Award by the Boy Scouts of America and also was recognized by Concerned Ministers Fellowship with the Stuff that Legends are Made Of Award. He has been recognized as a Notable Alumni of Armstrong State University and is a recipient of the Order of the Palmetto, the highest civilian honor awarded by the Governor of South Carolina.