Meet Our Team
Pamela L. Christopher, CCE, IOM
President & CEO | firstname.lastname@example.org
Pamela L. Christopher is the President & CEO of the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce. Christopher oversees the day-to-day operations of an 800+ business member organization which is dedicated to strengthening the business community of Anderson County through promotion, advocacy, connection and education. Christopher works with business partners and executives in the community to foster positive growth, facilitate positive movement, and strengthen the economic vitality of Anderson County and our region.
Pamela Christopher Bio
"I absolutely love working at the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce and am blessed with an outstanding team (both my staff and board of directors). I want to make a difference in the lives of others and have a passion for helping people. By maintaining a strong economic vitality and advocating on behalf of our business community we can make a difference in our community. Your Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce is an inclusive organization that will listen to your needs and work with you to help you and your business reach new heights. Together we can make a difference!"
Pamela Christopher is the President & CEO of the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce. Christopher oversees the day-to-day operations of an 870+ business member organization which is dedicated to strengthening the business community of Anderson County through promotion, advocacy, connection and education. Christopher works with business partners and executives in the community to foster positive growth, facilitate positive movement, and strengthen the economic vitality of Anderson County and our region. Before taking the position of President & CEO of the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce, Christopher worked as a Chamber and economic development executive to support local, regional, and state economic development efforts in three states, South Carolina, Georgia and Wisconsin. Her work focus has been in the retention and recruitment of business, streamlining processes to include business permitting, customized economic development proposals, workforce development, education and entrepreneurship initiatives, and drafting position papers and working with state and federal legislators to make a positive impact for the business community. She did so as:
Executive Director of the Monroe Chamber of Commerce and Economic Developer for the City of Monroe, WI
Executive Director of the Jones County/Gray Chamber of Commerce & Development Authority of Jones County – Gray, GA
President & CEO of the Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce & Development Authority of Monroe County – Forsyth, GA
Senior Director of Community Development & Government Affairs – Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce – Alpharetta, GA
Director of Economic Development for the Cobb Chamber of Commerce - Marietta, GA
Economic Development Researcher for the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce - Spartanburg, SC
Pam is a 2004 graduate of Economic Development Institute - University of Oklahoma, 2005 graduate of the Institute for Organizational Management - University of Georgia, holds a certificate from UNC-Charlotte in both Industry Location Factors and Strategic Planning, and was awarded the Outstanding Strategic Planner by her peers. Pam is the past President (2001) of ACCRA (American Chamber of Commerce Researchers Association), now C2ER (The Council for Community and Economic Research). Pam formerly served on the GACCE (Georgia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives) Board of Directors, she was the GEDA (Georgia Economic Development Association) Chair of Education and Workforce Development, and subsequently the Chair of Technology Task Force. Pam is a graduate of Leadership Georgia Class of 2003 and Leadership South Carolina Class of 2018, she also has served on workforce investments boards, adult literacy boards, source water assessment plan committees, and water quality advisory committees. Pam currently serves on the following board of directors: Anderson Area Business and Education Alliance, Anderson Sister Cities Association, CACCE (the Carolinas Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives), Imagine Anderson, Innovate Anderson, Ten at the Top, and the United Way of Anderson County. Pam is a recent graduate of Leadership Anderson Class of 32, as well as a recent graduate of The Riley Institute’s South Carolina DLI (Diversity Leaders Initiative) Fall 2015 Class. Pam is also a member of the Anderson County Woman’s Club, the Anderson County Municipal Association, and the Upstate Chamber Coalition. Pam currently volunteers her time for Meals on Wheels and the Free Clinic of Anderson County.
In total, Pam’s economic development track record from 1990-2011 accounts for 825 successful projects that she has worked accounting for $3,691,719,255 in capital investment and 17,050 jobs created.
Pam and her husband, Larry reside in Anderson. Their oldest son Larry currently resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and their youngest son Jordan and his wife Ashley reside in Anderson, South Carolina.
Director of Business Development & External Affairs | email@example.com
My role at the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce will be to oversee efforts related to marketing and communications, events, community partnerships, sales and overall revenue growth for the organization. This includes serving as the direct supervisor for three of the Chamber's staff members. I will also directly handle the Chamber of Commerce's two leadership programs: Leadership Anderson and Junior Leadership Anderson.
Kevin Capell Bio
Kevin is a native to Anderson County. Kevin comes to the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce from Medicare Insurance Benefits. Kevin is a graduate of Westside High School. He received a B.S. in Business Administration from Southern Wesleyan University. Kevin and his wife, Elizabeth, have two daughters. Their family is very passionate about Anderson County. Kevin is excited to become part of the Chamber team in helping to promote and connect business through the County to ensure continued growth and success and strengthen program offerings to allow business to have a greater return on investment.
Director of Finance & Operations | firstname.lastname@example.org
Oversees the direction and management of Chamber finances, operations, payroll, receivables and payables.
Lynn Campbell Bio
"I love working in the area of Accounting and Finance. It’s wonderful to do so for an organization that builds community leaders and helps promote and empower businesses in the community."
- Employed with the Chamber since 1999
- Graduate of Clemson University with B.S. Accounting degree
- Graduate of Leadership Anderson Class 21
- Volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters (short period of time)
- Past experience as Church Treasurer, Church Payroll clerk, and Finance Administrative Staff (all volunteer positions)
- Currently a choir member on the Community Choir at Redemption (Greenville, SC)
- From Starr SC, resides in Anderson
- Loves Music & loves working with numbers
Mary Pat Smith
Events & Special Projects Coordinator | email@example.com
Mary Pat Smith Bio
Mary Pat Smith moved to Anderson from Greenville, SC in May 2017 with her husband. She is a graduate of Clemson University with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and a minor in Travel and Tourism. She comes from the United Way of Greenville County with expertise in fundraising and events. Passionate about community work, Mary Pat is thrilled to be a part of the Anderson Chamber of Commerce and looks forward to meeting you!
Resource & Information Specialist | firstname.lastname@example.org
In the role of Resource & Information Specialist at the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce, Shelia answers most of the calls that come in. In doing so she tries to address the questions and concerns each caller may have. She also assists any visitors that come into the office. Some of the visitors are looking for a map of Anderson County others are looking for information to relocate to Anderson. As a part of the Chamber team Shelia tries to be a team player and help out where ever she is needed.
Marketing & Communications Specialist | email@example.com
Britton Rodgers Bio
Britton Rodgers is a native to Anderson, SC and is passionate about being apart of the Anderson Community. Britton is a graduate of Clemson University with a bachelors degree in Travel & Tourism. She comes from the Anderson Arts Center with a marketing background. Britton is passionate about making a positive impact in the organization and is excited to serve Anderson!
Membership Sales & Retention Specialist | firstname.lastname@example.org
Ashley Swift Bio
Ashley is a native to Anderson, SC and is a graduate of T.L. Hanna High School. After attending Erskine College, she gained valuable experience in sales. She worked and lived in College Station, TX for 3 years and got involved in the manufacturing world after moving back to SC in 2011. After a few years in manufacturing, she decided to pursue a path in sales again and is excited to be involved in the Chamber by helping businesses interact and connect with those in the community. She and her husband Heyward live in Anderson and love being outdoors, spending time with their families, and getting out on the lake with their lab Elly.
Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce Intern
“I am passionate about Anderson County because we are continuing to grow economically in manufacturing and entrepreneurship, educationally in both the technical colleges and university realms, and in our nonprofits including both professional and civic organizations. One thing that is a stand out in Anderson County is that Anderson University is the home to the South Carolina School of Arts – and plays an integral role in shaping the students in Anderson County and all walks of life. I believe we have the best public servants in the area because of the great leadership we have. I am a strong believer that the actions of selflessness is the tax we pay to be the voice of change in the world today. This is what make Anderson County a premiere county”
T. Caleb Allen's Bio
T. “Caleb” Allen is from Starr, South Carolina and is an alumnus of Crescent High School and Tri-County Technical College. Allen is the former Student Body President at Tri-County Technical College. Allen received an associate’s degree of applied sciences in mechatronics technology and a business and public services certificate in human resource management. Currently, Allen is pursuing a bachelor of science in human resource management at Anderson University.
Allen currently serves as the Assistant to the Office of Business Development and External Affairs Intern at the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce. In this role he currently assist in the preparations of the application reading process by preparing application packets for reading groups of over 150 applications and in the development/preparations of materials sent to applicants (75) invited to interview along with tracking those who accepted invitations. In Allen’s previous role he served as the Assistant to the Office of the President at Tri-County Technical College. Allen assisted the Offices of Public Relations, the Foundation Office, Marketing, and High School Engagement & Outreach in the planning of special events.
Outside of work and school, Allen serves on the Board of Directors of Anderson Rising – Young Professionals and One Million Cups – Anderson. He is an active attendee of Palmetto Boys State serving on Production Staff as the Director of Communications for a well-known program sponsored by the American Legion, an event held annually for approximately 1000 rising high school seniors. Allen also enjoys traveling and being surrounded by family and friends.
Favorite Quote: “Whatever you do,strive to do it so well that no man living and no man dead and no man yet to be born could do it any better.”
- Former President of Moorehouse College, Dr. Benjamin E. Mays -