Committees

Partner Relations Committee

The Columbia Chamber Partner Relations Committee was established to identify and recommend solutions that add value to the Partnership, thereby increasing Partner return on investment. A focus on continual assessment and improvement of Partner development and retention efforts will promote Partnership growth, and support this Committee’s recommendations in its reports to the Executive Committee.

John Griggs, Synovus 
Catherine Brazell, Bank of AmericaMerrill Lynch
Peyton Bryant, NAI Avant
Jeff Reeves, South State Bank
Marcus Tomlinson, Elliott Davis Decosimo
Chris Zimmer, BB&T

For more information about the Partner Relations Committee or meetings, please call (803) 733.1133 or email Chelsey Allen.

Public Policy Committee

The Public Policy Committee is responsible for articulating Chamber positions on business-related issues and guiding the Chamber’s advocacy activities, on both the state and local level. Issues impacting regional growth, economic development and the creation of jobs are reviewed by this committee which makes a recommendation to the Executive Committee on the position of the Chamber.

Jean Cecil Frick, NP Strategy
Ryan Barnes, First Community Bank
Dan Beatty, SC Educational Lottery
Kristen Beckham, Dominion Energy
John Cadena, SCANA
Scott Campbell, Providence Health
Ted Creech, AT&T
John Durst, South Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association
Patti Embry-Tautenhan, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
Kevin Gordon, Aflac
Jennifer Harding, Leading Real Estate Companies
Sue Hoffman, Colonial Life
Neil Jones, Colliers International
Grayson Lambert, McNair Law Firm
David Looper, Wells Fargo
Ben Mustian, Willoughby & Hoefer
Torrey Rush, Osmium Development Group
Benton Williamson, Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, PA
Chris Zimmer, BB&T

For more information about the Public Policy Committee or meetings, please call (803) 733.1148 or email Henri Baskins.

Small Business Council

The Small Business Council’s primary mission is to promote growth and enhance community awareness of women, minority and small businesses, primarily through increased partnership participation in the Chamber. Creative effective economic development strategies for existing businesses and the small business community is its focus.

Ron Harvey, Global Core Strategies & Consulting
Denean Ambersly, Denean the Coffee Queen
Mike Bell, Babcock Center
Bryant Davis, Richland County
Will Holmes, PNC
Adam Jones, Jones, McAden and Associates
Melissa L. Lindler, City of Columbia
John E. Martin, Edward Jones
Hayley Miller, SYSCO Columbia, LLC
Annetta O’Neal, O’Neal’s Bookkeeping Enterprise, Inc. 
Kim Raber, Kimberly A Raber, P.A.
Neelie Rodgers, Aleph Wines Corporation
Paula Bach Sabbagha, Merrill Lynch
James Shadd, Shadd Law Firm, LLC
Martin Short, Small Business Administration
Michelle Thompson, Pecan Pie Marketing and Design Firm
Savannah Wilburn, U.S. Small Business Administration

For more information about the Small Business Council or its meetings, please call (803) 733.1123 or email Audra Hawisher.

Military Affairs Group

This Columbia Chamber Military Affairs Group promotes, enhances and strengthens the relationships between the Midlands and our military community. The Columbia Chamber holds Welcome Receptions for Soldier Support Institute, Chaplain School and National Center for Credibility Assessment students and their families to introduce them the Midlands and help them adjust to the community. The group also works to promote the Midlands as an ideal community for military retirees, partners with the Friends of Forces program and produces a biannual Welcome Guide.

Dan Beatty, SC Educational Lottery

To learn more about the Military Affairs Group or its activities, please call (803) 733.1148 or email Susan McPherson.

Governance Committee

The Columbia Chamber Governance Committee was established to ensure that the Chamber operates efficiently and effectively, implementing best practices through adoption of a proven methodology provided by the U.S. Chamber for elite accreditation. This framework provides support for this Committee’s recommendations in its reports to the Executive Committee.

For more information about the Governance Committee or meetings, please call (803) 733.1149 or email Henri Baskins.