Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce welcomes four new board membersFebruary 03, 2021
Serving the community to help to make it a better place is the main goal for each of the four new members of the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
The new board members are Angela Christian, Georgetown County administrator; Andy Friedman, financial adviser with Edward Jones; Doug Jenkins, executive director for human resources for the Georgetown County School District; and William Pavy, an attorney with Floyd Law Firm. Each offer unique talents and experiences to the board.
Board Chair Claudia Berner said she is pleased to welcome Christian, Friedman, Jenkins and Pavy to the Chamber board, which acts as a conduit between businesses and the community while promoting the important economic engine of tourism for Georgetown County and South Carolina’s Hammock Coast as well as the Town of Pawleys Island.
“We so appreciate having new members on the board, bringing new ideas and fresh enthusiasm to help us serve the community,” Berner said. “I know their hard work and dedication will make the Chamber and the community-at-large better.”
Beth Stedman, president/CEO of the Chamber, agreed.
“Each of these four new board members have strengths that will add to the Board of Directors and their talents will enrich the work the board does for our community,” she said. “I look forward to working with them to serve the businesses and visitors of Georgetown County.”
Christian, who has served as county administrator for almost a year, said she accepted an offer to serve on the Chamber board because she wants to encourage groups that serve the county to work together.
“It is a great opportunity to promote collaboration between Georgetown County government, tourism and local businesses,” Christian said. “It will enable me to fulfill my desire to work with the Chamber to enhance economic development and make our community a better place to live, work and play.”
She and her husband, Junie, have one daughter, Sherry, who lives in North Carolina. Christian has served on several other boards, including Coastal Community Action, the American Red Cross, Boys and Girls Club and the North Carolina Water Facility Operators Certification Board. She said her experience with nonprofit organizations, especially in strategic planning, leadership development and financial management, will benefit the Chamber board.
“I am looking forward to meeting business owners and hearing their concerns and challenges,” Christian said. “My family and I have enjoyed the hospitality of the community along with the great food.”
Friedman said in addition to his work with Edward Jones, he has served on boards for the Georgetown Business Association, the Family Justice Center, Temple Beth Elohim, Georgetown Unity Alliance, Georgetown Lion’s Club and the Georgetown Theatre Orchestra. He said he has enjoyed opportunities to work with the Chamber in the past.
“Working on other boards, especially the Georgetown Business Association, has given me insight into the challenges and opportunities that exist in Georgetown County,” Friedman said. “I believe I have developed strong relationships with many Chamber members, as well as other partnership organizations that will be beneficial to serving on the Chamber board.”
Originally from Ohio, Friedman and his wife, Edwina, who is a Realtor with Caldwell Banker Chicora Advantage, moved to South Carolina in 2007 and now live in Pawleys Island with their two Jack Russell terriers, Rex and Trixie. He said he decided to serve on the Chamber board after participating in its Leadership Georgetown Class and becoming more active in the community.
“I have had the opportunity in other positions to work with Chamber leadership and staff and wanted to make more of a contribution to help the Chamber fulfill its mission,” Friedman said. “I believe that we are blessed to live in Georgetown County, with amazing natural resources, wonderful people and incredible opportunity. I would like to see our businesses and community grow and prosper to the benefit of all citizens in the county.”
Jenkins, who has worked in human resources for the local school district for 19 years, said he also participated in the Leadership Georgetown Class and was impressed with the Chamber and its programs.
“It opened my eyes to the issues and possibilities our county faces,” Jenkins said. “I would like to assist in building upon the foundation of other directors and help the Chamber staff take us to new heights.”
Born in Charleston and raised in a military family, he said he learned independence and developed a strong work ethic and a “can-do” attitude. He graduated from Socastee High School and Coastal Carolina University, earning a master’s degree in educational leadership and has worked in education at all levels: elementary, middle, high and administration. He moved to the Kensington area of Georgetown from Surfside Beach in 2006. He lives with his four dogs and a “crazy” cat. His extended family lives in the Conway area and are all very close, he said.
Jenkins said his experience in education, as well as serving on several local and regional boards -- Black River United Way, South Carolina Association of School Administrators (Executive Board), Saint Frances Animal Center, Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, & Advancement (Student Loan Advisory Board), and the Pee Dee Area Human Resources Consortium – will be an asset to the Chamber board.
“Through these experiences, I have a better understanding of the needs of our county and can help attract businesses and promote the Chamber, much as I have done with the school district,” Jenkins said. “I look forward to being a part of this amazing and dynamic board as we help to promote and attract businesses to our area. I would also like to assist with strengthening our existing business environment.”
Born and raised in Timmonsville, Pavy is a partner at Floyd Law Firm in Surfside Beach, which serves clients in both Georgetown and Horry counties. He has also served as an executive board member for the Georgetown County Historical Society. He and his wife, Alison, live in Pawleys Island. They have a 1-year-old daughter, Allyne, and a 4-year-old son, William II.
He said he accepted the Chamber board position so he can give back to the community where he lives and works. He believes his skills and talents will help promote the voice of businesses in Georgetown County.
“The Georgetown County Chamber is a great institution that promotes county businesses, both large and small,” Pavy said. “I love this region of South Carolina, especially Georgetown County, and I knew after law school that this area is where I would work and reside.”
Chamber board members also include Claudia Berner, chair, HomeWatch Caregivers; Greg Mitchell, chair-elect, Horry-Georgetown Technical College; Allen Altman, immediate past-chair, Strovis Insurance; Greg Badgett, treasurer, The Citizens Bank; Melissa Adams, The Dunes Club; Johnny Ford, A Father’s Place; Brooke Cox Howard, Tidelands Health; Dr. Celeste Pringle; and Henry Roberts, Litchfield Real Estate.
Contact:Julie Dyer, Community Engagement Managerjdyer@visitgeorge.com, 843-546-8436
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