Meet Our Team
Pamela L. Christopher, IOM, CCE, CCEC
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.
Investor Relations Manager | email@example.com
Jonathan Cauthen, as our Investor Relations Manager works to acquire new members and retain existing members and, when appropriate, sells Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce programs and services to an existing member and non-member firms. His extensive sales background and expertise make him an outstanding representative for the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce, and as such, he attends meetings and functions where member and prospect contacts may be made. Jonathan has high level experience in working with industry leaders throughout Anderson County and the Upstate. He will be key to promoting forward the many facets of the Chamber that can help our members acquire a tremendous ROI (Return on Investment) in their Chamber membership.
Director of Marketing & Communications| firstname.lastname@example.orgJoe leads and manages our communications, marketing, and public relations functions through internal and external relations. He specifically leads and operates the Chamber website and all mass communication services, generates publication materials and promotions for all departments of the Chamber, develops and manages event promotion and sponsorship recognition on the Chamber website, and maintains a strong collaborative relationship with the press/media to increase coverage for the Chamber. He issues press releases/packets when applicable, designs advertising materials, determines the placement of advertising, develops our weekly e-newsletter, and develops an annual marketing plan for the Chamber's specific programs. He leads our social media presence and all video and photography. Joe works to ensure that our Chamber publications and programs have our unique brand.
Director of Programs & Events | email@example.comBrandie works with our President & CEO to maintain our member database functions for our members and for invoice tracking and processing to our database for our organization. She additionally plans and executes our Chamber events and special programs such as our Chamber Ambassadors, Leadership Programs, Anderson Rising (Young Professional Program), Chamber Annual Meeting, Small Business Luncheon, Golf Outing and State of the Economy program. Brandie has direct oversight of the Business Advancement Committee and works with them to plan out our regular events like Toast ‘n Topics speaker programs, Business-2-Business leads programs, Electric City Women’s Brunch Series, and our Seminar/Education programming throughout the year.
Lexi Merriman & Johanna Philyaw
Administrative Assistants |
Lexi and Johanna are key to our organization as they lead our first impression of YOUR Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce. Lexi and Johanna maintain our membership referral system, including entering our database referrals, which generates notifications to our members. They prepare our prospect and new member packages and coordinate and maintain the member referral system in conjunction with our events and marketing departments. Lexi provides professional administrative support for the President’s boards and committees. Quarterly, Johanna gathers and submits necessary information for the ACCRA Cost of Living Index reporting. They are both a wealth of information for resources or contacts you need in Anderson County and truly manage our community's front door.