Board Committees




Legislative Division Mission Statement: 

"The Athens Chamber of Commerce, Legislative division will encrich the business environment through informing, overseeing and vigilantly advocating for our business community regarding local, state and federal policies and legilation that will impact the interest of our local businesses and the Athens Chamber of Commerce." 


Committee Members:

  • Matt Porter Ivan Smith Furniture 
  • Christopher Tinsley-Trinity Valley Abstract & Title LLC


Retail Sales & Industrial Development Division Mission Statement: 

"The Athens Chamber of Commerce, Retail division commits to partnering with area member businesses. Our primary goals are to strengthen our local economy, promote our community, provide networking opportunities, develop community leasers and showcase our area member businesses while encouraging member participation to maximize our impact."


Committee Members:

  • Kathy Means-Kathy's Boutique
  • Lange Svehlak-Athens Daily Review
  • Janie Cole-Cole's Air Conditioning
  • Kim Walker-Athens Daily Review


Education Divison Committee Members:

  • Erick Graham-Sandsprings Baptist Church
  • Kristen Bennett-Trinity Valley Community Colleger


Events Division Committee Members:

  • Stephen Magee-Elder Dodge
  • Chad McKibbin-Sonic
  • Corey Frentress-Velvin & Weeks




Executive Board Members:

  • Chairman -Lange Svehlak-Athens Daily Review
  • Incoming Chairman-Betty Herriage-Henderson County District Clerk 
  • Secretary-Kathy Means-Kathy's Boutique
  • Outgoing Chairman-Steve Barksdale-Bancorp South



  • "The Athens Chamber of Commerce's fundamental mission is to generate more business activity for the community." -Ashley McKee
  • "You can create networking opportunities by serving with the Athens Chamber of Commerce." -Steve Barksdale
  • As a new member of the Chamber you will be announced at the monthly luncheon and on Facebook.
  • The Chamber has numerous committees that provide networking opportunities.
  • "Make business contacts and acquire customer referrals." - Dr. Jay Kinzer TVCC