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Athens Chamber Staff

David Bradley

President & CEO
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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!

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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?

My husband and I enjoy singing and playing guitar/ukulele. We've played at a few local spots like the Foundry and the Athens Farmers Market.

Jake Hendon

Membership Sales

Jake Hendon graduated from the University of Georgia this past December. Jake loves to cook and go on hiking trips with family. He's excited to begin working for the Athens Chamber and the city of Athens.

 

What is your favorite thing about Athens?

I love that Athens is so unique and the pride everyone living here has for Athens.

What is your favorite food?

Sushi.

What is your favorite event in Athens?

My favorite event in Athens is the twilight centennial.

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What made you want to join the Chamber? 

I considered the chamber because of the passion and creativity I saw from the staff during my interviews.

Becky Beasley

Accountant
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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?

Twilight!

Favorite movie?

Remember the Titans

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

Podcast host

Victoria Belton

Marketing Coordinator

Victoria graduated from the University of Georgia May 2021 with a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing. At the Chamber, Victoria takes care of any marketing needs including the newsletter, social media account management and website design. She's excited to continue learning about the Athens community through the Chamber!

 

What is your favorite thing about Athens?

I love the small town vibe of Athens.

What is your favorite food?

Anything Italian!

What made you consider working at the Athens Chamber?

I want to continue to be apart of the process in growing the Athens Community. I also felt that the staff made me feel at home right away.

Fun fact?

I am left handed!

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Cody Fitzpatrick 

Intern
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Cody recently graduated from The University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Social Work in May 2021 and is continuing on at UGA to pursue his master's degree in Social Work. He is interning at the Chamber for the summer and his focus is to help expand the visibility and connectedness of businesses on our website and current business directory to other local businesses and local Athenians.

What is your favorite event in Athens?

Athens Pride

What is your favorite movie?

Holding the Man

What made you consider working at the Athens Chamber?

The chance to help the Chamber grow in a sense of diversity and inclusion for the community

Fun Fact?

My right eye is 1/4 brown 3/4 blue

Colleen Craven

Intern

Colleen just graduated in May of 2021 from The University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Social Work and plans to continue on at UGA to pursue her master's degree in Social Work. Her work at the Chamber this summer is focused around expanding the visibility of businesses on our website and our current business directory to further connect Athenians with their local businesses.

 

What is your favorite thing about Athens? 

All of the restaurants and events extremely unique to Athens. My list of must-dos has not been completed in my 4 years of living here, yet!

What is your favorite food? 

General Tso's Chicken from Dinner Party

What is your favorite event in Athens? 

Twilight, hands down!

What made you consider working at the Athens Chamber?

I am eager to learn about the intersection of the business realm and social work.

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