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Horton leaving Chamber

Posted: July 22, 2016 11:04 a.m.
Updated: July 22, 2016 11:03 a.m.
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The Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center has announced the resignation of Executive Director Liz Horton. Horton will be leaving the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce at the end of August to assume the role of Senior Vice President of Operations at the Greenville, S.C. Chamber of Commerce. She will assume that position on September 1.

Horton has served as the Executive Director of the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center since 2008. She has over 14 years of chamber experience, including five years at the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce and a year and a half at the Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce in North Carolina.

As Senior Vice President of Operations at the Greenville Chamber, Horton will have a wide range of management responsibilities, including investor development, event management, small business programming, marketing and communications, facilities and leadership development. She will develop and maintain collaborative relationships with community leaders, investors and allies.

"It is with extremely mixed emotions that I announce my resignation as Executive Director of the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce," Horton said. "I have thoroughly appreciated and enjoyed the opportunity to serve the Chamber, its members and Kershaw County for the past eight plus years. I will always be a champion for Kershaw County and the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce and I look forward to seeing what I know will be many future accomplishments at the Kershaw County Chamber due to the wonderful support of the membership, the incredible board leadership, and amazing staff."

Amy Kinard, Immediate Past President of the Board, has been appointed by the Chamber’s Executive Committee to serve as Interim Executive Director upon Horton’s departure. Chamber President Dennis Ray and the Executive Committee are working to form a search committee to begin the search for a replacement, Kinard said.

"Liz has set the bar high for what we expect from an Executive Director," Kinard said. "I know I cannot ever fill her shoes and I will miss her dearly. This is a great opportunity and I wish her all the best. During this transition time, I will work diligently with the Chamber staff to ensure we continue to provide a high level of service and outreach to our members and the community."

KCC Chamber President Dennis Ray thanked Horton and wished her well.

"Words cannot express the difference Liz has made not only in our Chamber, but in Kershaw County and to countless others," Ray said. "While I join many others who are truly disappointed to hear of Liz’s departure, I also rejoice with her at this new opportunity she so richly deserves. Liz is a true professional with a servant’s heart. She leaves huge shoes to fill, but she has given our Board great direction and inspiration as we move forward. My prayers will be with Liz and her family as they make this transition to the beautiful city of Greenville".

 

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