October 12, 2022

Columbia Chamber Announces 2022-2023 Board of Directors

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

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