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Athens Chamber Staff

David Bradley

President & CEO

David has had the opportunity to serve as President of two other Chambers of Commerce in North Carolina since 1998. Prior to that, he ran a plastics extrusion plant in North Carolina. David became the CEO/President of the AACOC in 2018 and is excited for all of the opportunities and challenges that this new role brings.


What is your favorite thing about Athens?

Big city amenities with small town charm.

Favorite Athens event?

Wild Rumpus

Favorite food?

Pizza with cold beer. Well... anything with cold beer, really.

Fun fact?

I have acted in, directed, and/or re-written around 40 community theater shows.

Kim Childs

Director of Member Services

The majority of Kim's professional background is in corporate banking, but prior to coming to Athens, she worked for 4 1/2 years at another Metro Atlanta Chamber. She now helps coordinate all of our events and assists our members in any way that she can.


Favorite Chamber event?

My favorite events are those put on by the Women in Business committee. These events always include networking, but also focus on topics and themes that support the busy work/life balance our women professionals.

Favorite thing about Athens?

The people - everyone is so friendly and welcoming!

Favorite food?

Just about any type of Mexican food.

Fun Fact?

I am a Master Gardener and enjoy beekeeping with my husband!


Marissa Chastain

Director of Sales
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Marissa received a BFA in Art Education from the University of Georgia in 2012. She has professional experience in customer service and marketing. Prior to working with the Chamber, she was engaged in several capacities including Ambassador and Chair of the Small Business Breakfast Club. Marissa will oversee the Chamber’s membership growth and marketing efforts.


What is your favorite thing about Athens?

I love that there's always something fun to do in Athens, from the vibrant arts scene to the beautiful parks and other spots to take in nature.


What is your favorite food?

Nothing beats pizza so Ted's Most Best is one of my favorite local restaurants. Delicious food and a great patio.

What made you consider working at the Athens Chamber?

I have loved volunteering with the chamber and attending events over the last 7-8 years. I'm super passionate about the Athens community and seeing local businesses thrive, so felt like a natural fit.

Fun fact?

I enjoy singing and playing guitar/ukulele. I have played at a few local spots like the Foundry and the Athens Farmers Market.

Becky Beasley


Becky is a CPA and has vast experience working in several different financial positions. She was a Financial Services Manager and Financial Analyst for Coca-Cola affiliated companies and on audit staff for public accounting firms Grant Thorton and Deloitte, just to name a couple positions she's held.  She helps us track all of our financials and makes sure that we stay in budget.


Favorite restaurant in Athens?

Marker 7 Coastal Grill

Favorite Athens Event?


Favorite movie?

Remember the Titans

If you could be famous for any reason, what would you want it to be?

Podcast host


Rebekah Thompson

Rebekah is a student at the University of Georgia pursing a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management Information Systems and a certificate in Entrepreneurship. With a long-time interest in business, Rebekah brings a unique perspective to the chamber staff.

What is your favorite thing about Athens? 

The small-town appeal while still having access to Trader Joe's!

Fun fact about you?

I created my first business when I was 14 years old selling custom decorated sugar cookies and cakes.

What is your favorite event in Athens? 

Twilight Criterium

What made you consider working at the Athens Chamber?

The welcoming environment from the staff.

Stephen Abakah


Stephen is a senior at the University of Georgia, pursuing a degree in marketing. He is an avid learner who constantly seeks to learn new things. He hopes to take everything he learns from the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce to further his potential of having a successful and long career in marketing.


What is your favorite thing about Athens? 


What is your favorite event in Athens? 

Football games

What is your favorite movie?

Shrek 2

What made you consider working at the Athens Chamber?

I joined the chamber staff because I wanted to contribute to the business/Marketing side every organization needs.


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