Board Committees


Business Advocacy Committee

Business Advocacy Mission Statement: 

To 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 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-Committee Chair
  • Traci Wilkes- Reigning Jewels Fine Jewelry
  • Cheramie Surls- Athens Army Navy & Pawn


Education & Workforce Commitee



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 Members:

  • Chad McKibbin-Sonic
  • Corey Frentress-Velvin & Weeks




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



  • Chamber events and programs provide members with great opportunities to get to know new people and expand their prospect base.
  • Reach potential clients thru member exclusive advertising and opportunities for business-to-business advertising and publicity.
  • Access to members only discounts and services.
  • Athens Chamber generates a positive economic impact by involving the entire membership and utilizing their individual expertise.
  • Everyday the Chamber receives calls from individuals and businesses looking for potential vendors that get your business info.