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Leadership Augusta class announced

The Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce has named its Leadership Augusta Class of 2022. The goal of the 10-month training program is to identify and educate current and potential community leaders in the area.  

Leadership Augusta was established in 1980 as a chamber affiliate to enhance civic participation of emerging leaders within the region. The 2022 class chairwoman is Kim Evans, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Augusta; and class co-chairman is Chris Bird, general manager of the Augusta Entertainment Complex.

For more about the Leadership Augusta program, visit or

The members of the Leadership Augusta Class of 2022 are:

Sam Adams, Fulcher Hagler LLP

Taylor Barbato, WJBF News Channel 6

Opal Blanding, Blanding & Blanding Transportation

Phillip Bowman, Textron Specialized Vehicles

Amber Brantley, Solicitor General’s Office

Lucy Brantley, OBGYN Partners of Augusta

Kate Channell, Hull College of Business, Augusta University

Lance Cheely, Cranston Engineering Group

Adam Cobb, New South Construction

Collette D’Antignac, Security Federal Bank

Becky Dearden, SME CPAs

Whitney Dixon, Richmond County School System

Abigail Drescher, Augusta University

John Eckley, Meybohm Commercial Properties

Shawn Edwards, Augusta Georgia Land Bank Authority

Libby Fennell, Community Foundation for the CSRA

Kathryn Freemon, Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce

Catherine Hardy, Augusta University

Brian Hartley, Cadence Bank

Gia Hunter, Textron Specialized Vehicles

Kayla Kincaid, Modern Business Workplace Solutions

Nathan Krupa, Golden Harvest Food Bank

Patrice Lomax, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC

Stacie McBride, Cyber Fusion Innovation Center

Drew Robinson, Goodwill of Middle Georgia/Helms College

Dalton Self, Jani-King of Augusta

Chashawna Wesby, Richmond County School System

Adam Willis, F&W Transportation Inc.

Gary Woodhurst, TaxSlayer

Nesia Wright, Georgia Soul Women’s Basketball Organization

State of Community Address planned

The Columbia County Chamber of Commerce will hold its State of the Community Address and Business Showcase on Sept. 9 at the Columbia County Exhibition Center.

Local leaders will present the State of the Community from their areas of business.

Speakers will include Dr. Scott Flynn, Columbia County School District; Scott Johnson, Columbia County Board of Commissioners; Debra Moore, city of Harlem; Elaine Matthews, city of Grovetown; and U.S. Army Col. Shaw Pick, Fort Gordon.

The Business Expo begins at 4 p.m. Dinner will be from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m., followed by the speakers.

Admission costs are $35 for chamber members; $45 for nonmembers; $325 for a corporate table; $325 for a Business Expo booth, including two dinner tickets; and $525 for a corporate table and Business Expo booth.

For more information, visit; or contact Sabrina Griffin at (706) 651-0018 or

Virtual Financial Series continues

The Columbia County Chamber of Commerce will hold its Mid-Year Business Review from 1 to 2 p.m. July 27.

The event is part of the chamber’s Virtual Financial Series. It will include key insights, tips and resources for businesses such as reevaluating short- and long-term goals, hiring new talent, operational shifts, cash flow, credit and monitoring expenses.

Speakers will be from Bank of America – Jason Sowinski, vice president of consumer and small-business banking, and Kathleen A. Ferguson, vice president and senior business relationship manager, global banking and markets.

Registered participants will receive Zoom platform call instructions the morning of July 27. This session is complimentary for all chamber members and costs $5 for nonmembers. For more information, call (706) 651-0018.

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