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Horton named top chamber executive in Carolinas

Posted: July 26, 2011 3:00 p.m.
Updated: July 27, 2011 5:00 a.m.
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Liz Horton

Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Liz Horton has been named South Carolina’s Chamber of Commerce Executive of the Year by the Carolinas Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (CACCE).

Horton, who has served as the local chamber of commerce executive director since 2008, said she was shocked after being honored at the July 14 annual CACCE awards dinner.

“I knew that I had been nominated -- I knew that (chamber past president) Deborah Outlaw submitted a package for my nomination,” Horton said. “But I was just really surprised and honored.”

Horton said some of her accomplishments since being appointed as executive director of the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce included: increasing affinity partnership revenue; creating a new chamber website; increasing non-dues revenue for events; partnering with the Chronicle-Independent and Images, a quality-of-life magazine; increasing membership retention rates; and joining the Mid-State Chamber Coalition.

Horton was praised for being actively involved in the community, which also included her participation in Read Across America, serving on the Kershaw County School District’s calendar and Teacher of the Year selection committees, as well as serving as a board member of CACCE.

“I’m extremely honored that Deborah not only thought enough of me to nominate me for this award, but to also be selected by a group of my peers was a tremendous honor,” Horton said. “I really enjoy what I do, and I look forward to bringing new and exciting things to Kershaw County.”

On Tuesday morning, Outlaw said she decided to nominate Horton for the award because she has done a “fantastic job” since arriving in Kershaw County. And while she was unable to attend the awards dinner, Outlaw said she was extremely excited after finding out that Horton had been selected several days before the ceremony.

“When she came here, Liz had lots of ideas and was very anxious to get out into the community. She has really become engaged in the community and she is a great representative of Kershaw County,” Outlaw said. “I’m excited for her. We’re very fortunate to have Liz be the executive director of the chamber, and I’m very proud of her.”

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