In addition to her chamber experience, she also worked in human resources with the Waffle House company where she coordinated personnel matters for 12 restaurants and 240 employees. Blair, born and raised in Charleston, is the Wetlands Section Manager for the eight coastal counties of South Carolina for DHEC’s Ocean & Coastal Resource Management division. BW: Most of my hobbies revolve around food and family. I’ll complement the work of the staff and the direction of the board with energy and enthusiasm.
The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce supports more than 700 active members. I love the beauty of this place, the people and the inclusion of the community. When I am not working, I love farmers markets, cooking, dining out and being with my family. I’m a bridge builder, relationship grower, constant communicator and servant leader. This iconic image represents the connection between the chamber and members, between the chamber and businesses, between the chamber and local governments, and between the chamber and the community.
She is the right person in the right place at the right time to lead us into the future,” said Jimmy Boozer, outgoing chairman of the chamber board who participated in the search committee.
Williams graduated from Presbyterian College and participates locally on the YMCA Board of Directors, the Junior Service League of Beaufort and the Rotary Club of the Lowcountry. He’s a hunter, fisherman, gardener and a great dad to our daughter, Quinn. Presbyterian College’s motto is “Dum Vivimus Servimus,” meaning, while we live, we serve. I find Beaufort to be an unbelievably generous, supportive community. BW: I work with a seasoned and tenured staff and engaged board of directors.
Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Marine Corps Recruit Depot-Parris Island and the Naval Hospital are all engaged and instrumental in our programs of work.Each week, SSA publishes a new short story online, which then becomes printed material in the new anthology series. The short story is a nearly-forgotten art form, but one that yields terrific recollections of childhood, high school, college and the introduction to fine literature. Scott Fitzgerald, Louisa May Alcott, Joseph Conrad, Jack London, Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf and Washington Irving, to name just a few, were inscribed into my perpetual memory throughout my education.Last year, Short Story America received 5,000 story submissions from authors around the U. As a student, I remember learning to appreciate the value of well-written prose. A good short story introduces characters and theme and conflict very quickly.The change will better allow the chamber to focus on its core functions, which center on building a better business climate and actively supporting member businesses.“With her background in member services for our chamber, Blakely was the ideal candidate.Their offices are in the historic Carnegie Building at the corner of Carteret and Craven streets in downtown Beaufort. WP: What are your short-term goals for the chamber? In the next few weeks, we’re launching a new website, updating logos and rolling out a new image for the chamber. Bridges are our Lowcountry link from past to future, and the chamber is a bridge to economic growth.