The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce announced Adam Smith, an executive with banking company Synovus began his term as the organization’s board chairman for 2021 on Friday.
“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,” Smith said. “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.”
In addition to Smith, a handful of newly-elected board members officially began their terms Friday and will serve through December 2023. These members include Dedre Brown with the Georgia Department of Labor, Jeff Butterworth of Georgia Power Co., Sarah Gaither with iBeria Bank, Scott Gordon with CPL, Jennifer Puckett from In Harmony Pediatric Therapy, Janet Read Welch with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Dr. Mark Roberts from Reinhardt University.
Before 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. However, in December 2020, Chamber leadership determined that, in anticipation of celebrating 2020’s 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.
Volunteers who will be recognized during the delayed celebration for completing a three-year term on the Chamber Board include Heather Blevins with The Pampered Chef, Phil Eberly of Lead Edge Design Group, Tom Heard from Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority and Deidre Hollands. Additionally, Tracey Satterfield Martin with Live Clean, Inc. served in an unexpired term since April 2019 and Immediate Past Chair John Barker from Delphi Global Technology has completed seven years of service.
Among the awards to be presented during the 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 or 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.
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.