October 12, 2022
Columbia Chamber Announces 2022-2023 Board of Directors
Chamber Spotlight, Press Release
The Columbia Chamber is pleased to announce the 2022-2023 Board of Directors with the addition of fifteen new members.
John Griggs, Market Executive of Synovus, has been elected to serve as chairman of the board for the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce. He succeeds Jean Cecil Frick, Vice President of NP Strategy. Karen Jenkins, CEO & President of KRJ Consulting, will serve as chair-elect. Jenkins will be the first African American female board chair in Columbia Chamber history.
New members joining the Chamber’s Board this year include: Dr. Michael Amiridis, University of South Carolina; Brian Boyer, Boyer Construction; Caleb Buchanan, Prisma Health; Bill Duda, Ogletree Deakins; Terrance Ford, AT&T; Adam Jones, Jones, McAden & Associates, LLC; Laura McKinney, First Community Bank; David Looper, Furniture Services, Inc.; Lara Lott Moore, Lexington Medical Center; Frank Mundy, Stewart; Anita Murphy, Grow Financial Federal Credit Union; Brad Shank, Columbia Fireflies; Lindsey Spires Griffin, Bank of America; Sanders Tate, McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture; and Brian Taylor, Miller Valentine Construction.
“The Columbia Chamber Board of Directors is made up of business professionals who are passionate about our community’s future. I look forward to leading this dynamic group as Chair during the upcoming year as we work together to uplift and grow the region where we live, play and do business,” said John Griggs.
“Business leaders who agree to serve on the Chamber Board of Directors have a shared vision for our region and a commitment to helping it grow,” stated Carl Blackstone, President and CEO of the Columbia Chamber. “The diversity within our board ensures that all businesses, large or small, have their voices heard.”
The 2022-2023 Columbia Chamber Board of Directors:
*indicates Executive Committee Member
Dr. Michael Amiridis | University of South Carolina
James Bennett* | First Citizens Bank
John Boyd | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.
Brian Boyer* | Boyer Construction
Peyton Bryant* | Trinity Partners
Caleb Buchanan | Prisma Health
John Cadena* | Dominion Energy
Holt Chetwood* | First Citizens Bank
Susan Cohen | South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association
Bill Duda | Ogletree Deakins
Brett Edwards | Enterprise Holdings
Bill Ellen | Experience Columbia SC
John Ewing | Kroger Foods
Mike Farmer* | TD Bank
Terrance Ford*| AT&T
Jean Cecil Frick* | NP Strategy
John Griggs* | Synovus
Michael Gula | Columbia Metropolitan Airport
Terry Gunn | MUSC
Ron Harvey* | Global Core Strategies & Consulting
Nicole Hendricks | Encompass Health
Will Holmes | First Carolina Bank
Lynn Hutto | LIH Consulting
Karen Jenkins* | KRJ Consulting, LLC
Adam Jones | Jones, McAden & Associates, LLC
Matt Kennell | City Center Partnership, Inc.
Bill Kirkland | UofSC – Office of Economic Engagement
Montague Laffitte | South State Bank
Laura McKinney | First Community Bank
David Lockwood* | Colliers International
David Looper | Furniture Services, Inc.
Macon Lovelace* | Trinity Partners
Scott McClelland* | Elliott Davis, LLC
JT McLawhorn | Columbia Urban League, Inc.
Heather Mitchell | The Boudreaux Group, Inc.
Lara Lott Moore | Lexington Medical Center
Frank Mundy | Stewart
Anita Murphy | Grow Financial Federal Credit Union
Dr. Ronald Rhames | Midlands Technical College
Robert Rhodes* | BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
Larry Salley | Greater Columbia Community Relations Council
Nicole Scott | Bank of America, US Trust
Brad Shank | Columbia Fireflies
Lindsey Spires Griffin | Bank of America
Sanders Tate | McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture
Brian Taylor | Miller Valentine Construction
Ann Thomason | ERA Wilder Realty, Inc.
Mark Westmoreland | Wells Fargo
Brad Wright | Burr Forman McNair
Chris Zimmer* | Truist
About the Columbia Chamber
The Columbia Chamber is a private, nonprofit, Partner-driven organization comprised of 1,200 business enterprises, civic organizations, educational institutions, and individuals in Calhoun, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry, and Richland counties. The Columbia Chamber serves as the voice of its Partners and the business community at large on matters of economic, educational, social, cultural, and political concern, as well as supports and promotes the success of its Partners through networking, professional development, advocacy, and leadership. The organization has represented the interests of the local business community since 1902.
To become a Partner or to learn more about the Columbia Chamber, as well as its events, programs, and initiatives, visit www.ColumbiaChamber.com.