Board Committees


Parks & Tourism Committee

Parks & Tourism  Mission Statement: 

To increase the impact that visitors make on local tax dollars when visiting for tournaments and local community events. 

Committee Members:

  • Chris Curran - Steve Grant Real Estate


Retail Sales Commitee

Retail Comittee Mission Statement:

A commitment to partnering with area member businesses to strengthen our local economy, promote our community, provide networking opportunities, develop community leaders and showcase our area member businesses while encouraging member participation to maximize our impact.


Committee Members:

  • Kathy Means-Kathy's Boutique
  • Traci Wilkes- Reigning Jewels Fine Jewelry
  • Cheramie Surls- Athens Army Navy & Pawn
  • Benita Littleton - Castle Oaks Vineyard & Winery


Education & Workforce Commitee

Education & Workforce Committee Mission Statement:

To provide opportunites for employees and local businesses to gain knowledge and skills training. Facilitate learning and education opportunites for the Athens area.

Education & Workforce Committee Members:

  • Jeff Garner- Clayton Homes of Athens-Committee Chair
  • Kristen Bennett-Trinity Valley Community College
  • Blake Daniels- Oak Wood Place Senior Living


Marketing & Events Committee

Marketing & Events Committee MIssion Statement:

Oversees the execution and completion of Athens Chamber of Commerce Events. Charged with evaluation of economic and community impact of the Athens Chamber of Commerce and its activities.

Marketing & Events Committee Members:

  • Chad McKibbin-Sonic
  • Corey Frentress-Velvin & Weeks
  • Lange Svehlak - Athens Daily Review




2018 Executive Board Committee:

  • Chairperson of the Board - Betty Herriage- Henderon County District Clerk
  • Incoming Chairperson- Jeff Garner - Clayton Homes of Athens
  • Treasurer - Corey Frentress - Velvin & Weeks Consulting Engineers, Inc. 
  • Secretary-Traci Wilkes-Reigning Jewels Fine Jewelry
  • Outgoing Chairman-Lange Svehlak-Athens Daily Review



  • Serving with the Athens Chamber gives you professional leadership development.
  • Athens Chamber generates a positive economic impact by involving the entire membership and utilizing their individual expertise.
  • You can increase positive perception among consumers and business owners when you're identified as a member of the Athens Chamber.
  • "Membership brings credibility to your business." -Justin Weiner Attorney
  • "You can create networking opportunities by serving with the Athens Chamber of Commerce." -Steve Barksdale