News and ribbon cuttings from the Augusta Metro, Columbia County and North Augusta chambers of commerce
Leadership Augusta announces 2020 class
Leadership Augusta on Aug. 22 introduced the members of its Class of 2020. The 38 individuals, representing a wide variety of business and industry in the metro Augusta area, will participate in the 10-month program designed to foster future community leaders.
Class members include: Aaliyah L. Wylie, Augusta Office Solutions; Adrienne A. Guy, Augusta Technical College; Amanda Pennington. District Attorney’s Office; Judge Amanda N. Heath, Augusta Circuit Juvenile Court; Angela Harben, Goodwill Industries; Ashley White, Augusta University; Dr. Carmelita C. Eburuche, ADP; Cherish B. Geter, WJBF-TV; Christopher Curry. Georgia Cancer Center; and Elizabeth B. James, Wier/Stewart.
Also, Erin Slade, First Community Bank; Geoffrey A. Alls, Office of General Counsel; Gould Hagler II, Sanford, Bruker & Banks; Grace Helms, SRP Federal Credit Union; Holton L. Brinson, Jordan Trotter Commercial Real Estate; Jared T. Williams, The Hawk Firm; Jay Al Hashimi, Shifa Care Clinic; Jeffrey A. Wilson, Sherman and Hemstreet; Joe L. Webber, AU Health; John C. Waller, City of Grovetown; and John Robertson, R.W. Allen.
Also, Kari Viola-Brooke. Child Enrichment; Kelsey T. Henderson, Augusta Utilities; Kevin Netherton, TaxSlayer; Dr. Kristie L. Searcy, Augusta Technical College; Matthew Padgett, Huggins Peil; Patrick Elliot Sutter, MCBS LLC; Patrick Wells, Piedmont Landscape Management; Robert (Kyle) Titus, Goodwyn Mills Cawood; Robert S. Clifton, Clifton Construction; Roberta P. Patterson, Southern Co.; Sandy S. Helling, Girl Scouts; Sasha S. Catlett, Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce; Shalanda Morris, Universal Plumbing; Tianna M. Bias, District Attorney’s Office; Todd E. Gay, Georgia Cyber Center; and Vahe Heboyan, Augusta University.
The class will be led by Leadership Augusta Alumni and 2020 Class Chair Lauren Dallas, executive director of Turn Back the Block. More than 1,200 individuals have completed the program since its inception 30 years ago.
Chamber presents ‘Safe At Work’ lunch
The North Augusta Chamber of Commerce’s Sept. 5 Power Luncheon will feature a panel discussing “Safe At Work” risk factors and prevention strategies for workplace violence.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports nearly 2 million American workers are victims of some type of workplace violence each year. The panel will feature North Augusta Public Safety Chief John Thomas; Beth McLeod, Fulcher Hagler LLP; and a representative from Aiken-Barnwell Mental Health Center.
Lunch will be held at the North Augusta Municipal Building’s Palmetto Terrace Ballroom at 11:30 a.m. Advanced registration is required at NorthAugustaChamber.org; $30 for Chamber members, $40 for visitors. Contact Terra Carroll at [email protected] for more information.
Women in Business tackle ‘Cyber Factor’
The Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business luncheon on Sept. 17 will feature guest speaker Sarah Rees, director of the Cyber Workforce Academy at the Georgia Cyber Center.
Her presentation, “The Cyber Factor,” will discuss how private sector investment is shaping Augusta since the opening of the Cyber Center and the relocation of Army Cyber Command to Fort Gordon. Prior to directing the center’s workforce initiatives, Rees spent 17 years working in the information technology and cybersecurity roles for the military and private sectors.
The event at the Legends Club, 2701 Washington Road, begins at 11:30 a.m. Advanced registration is required by Sept. 13; $30 for chamber members, $40 for prospective members. Contact Sabrina Balthrop at [email protected] for more information.
Member Luncheon spotlights SRS growth
The Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Member Economic Luncheon on Sept. 24 will feature guest speaker Dave Olson of Savannah River Nuclear Solutions speaking on “Growing the Mission at SRS.”
Olson, SRNS’ Savannah River Plutonium Processing Facility mission director, will discuss the dynamics of transforming the former MOX facility at Savannah River Site to fulfill plutonium PIT production, and the impact of these growing missions for jobs and new partnerships.
Olson has previously led prime contracts at both SRS and the Hanford site in Washington and served as Chief Nuclear Officer for Fluor Global Government Services in Greenville, S.C.
The event begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center. Advanced registration is required at AugustaMetroChamber.com. Tickets are $35 for chamber members, $45 for prospective members; corporate tables are available.
State of the Community Address Sept. 12
The Columbia County Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its annual State of the Community Address and business expo Sept. 12 at the Columbia County Exhibition Center.
Presentations are expected from representatives of the county’s commission and board of education as well as the city of Harlem and Fort Gordon.
Tickets for the barbecue dinner are $35 for members and $325 for corporate tables of eight. Expo booths with two dinner tickets are $325. For more information contact [email protected] or (706) 651-0018.