The Board of Directors of the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center has named Amy L. Kinard as Executive Director. Kinard, who currently serves as the chamber’s interim executive director will officially become the executive director effective Feb. 1, 2017.
“I am excited about the future of the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center,” Kinard said. “I have new ideas and new focus for our organization. With the amazing executive board and board of directors currently leading the chamber, I know we will make great strides to better serve our member businesses and the community.”
Kinard began her Kershaw County Chamber involvement in 2012, joining the Board of Directors for a 3-year term. In 2013, Kinard was selected to join the Chamber’s Executive Board as Vice-President of Business and Community Improvement. In 2014, while she was Vice-President of Organizational Improvement and in line to become the Chamber President in 2015, the President, Spencer Graham, took a new job in the Charleston area. Kinard offered to complete Graham’s term, as well as complete her original commitment to the presidency. Therefore, she served as President of the Chamber for 21 months (instead of the traditional 12 months). Her presidency term ended June 30, 2016.
In August 2016, Chamber Executive Director, Liz Horton, announced that she was leaving the organization for a position at the Greenville Chamber of Commerce in Greenville. At that time, Kinard was selected by the Executive Committee to act as Interim Executive Director during the search for a new director.
Kinard received her Bachelors of Science in Management degree from Tulane University and received a Masters in Human Resource Development from Clemson University. Her professional career has focused on adult education and training, beginning with SCT, Inc. where she worked for five years as a software implementation trainer. She worked for the Kershaw County School District for one year as an accounting and computer applications teacher at Camden High School. In 2005, she was hired by KershawHealth to lead its Education Department. While her responsibilities changed over the years and at one point included overseeing the KershawHealth Volunteer program, she continued to teach and educate KershawHealth staff until her departure in October 2015. Most recently, she began her own network marketing business as an Independent Consultant with Rodan + Fields skincare.
In addition to her work, Kinard has volunteered for Chi Omega Sorority for more than 15 years, acting as a recruitment consultant to campuses and Chi Omega chapters across the nation. Currently, she is a volunteer Release Figure Method Specialist with the National Panhellenic Council, where she manages sorority recruitment statistics and data for college campuses and universities. Amy has also volunteered her time to her church and her children’s schools. She is currently Chair of the Grace Church Rector Search Team, charged with interviewing and identifying a new pastor for the church.
Kinard was born in Michigan and raised in Florida. She married John E. Kinard III in May 2000. She has lived in Camden since 1999 and she and John are raising two children here, Vivian, 12 and Davis, 10.
Chip Galloway of KFC/Galloway Enterprises, Inc., who served as chair of the search committee noted that the search process proved to be eye-opening.
“It allowed us to see that it would take someone new to this role at least 12 months to come up to speed,” Galloway said. “We cannot afford that delay and so we are thrilled that Amy has agreed to take the Executive Director position.”
Lugoff Fire-Rescue Chief Dennis Ray, President of the Kershaw County Chamber Board of Directors further remarked, “The chamber’s board of directors completed a strategic planning session in August 2016 and Amy’s knowledge of where we need to go and her relationships in the community are crucial to implementing these goals and objectives. We are blessed to have her in a position to take the executive director job permanently.”