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Cherokee County Chamber Names 2021 Board Chair

The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to congratulate Adam Smith, Senior Vice President and Commercial Banker with Synovus whose term begins today as the organization’s 2021 Board Chair. Smith, who follows 2020 Board Chair David Simmons, Chattahoochee Technical College Vice President for Facilities, has been actively involved with the Chamber for the past nine years. He and his wife, Laura, reside in Canton with their two children.


Pre-COVID-19, the Chamber year would officially begin with an Annual Meeting where the accomplishments of the past year are highlighted, various awards are presented, outgoing and incoming Board members are recognized and in Smith’s case, a new Board Chair takes the helm. In December 2020 Chamber leadership determined that in anticipation of celebrating 2020 successes in the most traditional format possible, the Chamber’s Annual Meeting would be delayed from the typical January timeframe until later in the spring when optimistically larger groups can gather. Chamber members are encouraged to watch their email for the date and event details.


Those volunteers who will be recognized during the delayed celebration for completing a three-year term on the Chamber Board include Heather Blevins, The Pampered Chef; Phil Eberly, Lead Edge Design Group; Tom Heard, Cherokee County Water & Sewerage Authority and Deidre Hollands. Additionally, Tracey Satterfield Martin, Live Clean, Inc., served in an unexpired term since April 2019, and Immediate Past Chair John Barker, Delphi Global Technology, has completed seven years of service.


The newly elected Board members who officially begin their terms today, and will serve through December of 2023, include Dedre Brown, Georgia Department of Labor; Jeff Butterworth, Georgia Power Company; Sarah Gaither, iBeria Bank – a division of First Horizon Bank; Scott Gordon, CPL; Jennifer Puckett, In Harmony Pediatric Therapy; Janet Read Welch, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and Dr. Mark Roberts, Reinhardt University.

“The Chamber owes a debt of gratitude to outgoing Board Chair David Simmons for his leadership during 2020. I look forward to working with him in his role as Immediate Past Chair and appreciate his support of me as I begin my term. The opportunity to work alongside the new Board members, as well as those whose Board terms are continuing, is exciting as well. In our volunteer role, we will work collaboratively with the organization’s outstanding staff to support the Chamber’s mission,” remarked Smith.


Among the awards to be presented during the anticipated Annual Meeting is the coveted First Citizen of Cherokee County recognition. The title of First Citizen of Cherokee County is bestowed upon a resident of Cherokee County who has resided in the county for a minimum of five years and has shown significant meritorious service to his/her community through family, civic and/or religious involvement. A panel of out-of-town judges reviews the accomplishments of each applicant with the winner being chosen based upon merit. Additional accolades to be announced during the Annual Meeting include Small Business of the Year, Excellence in Customer Service Award, Green Business of the Year, and Non-Profit of the Year. The 2020 Chairman’s Council “Joan McFather Volunteer of the Year Award” will be presented as well.

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