Board of Directors

2017 Board Members (2)


Meet your 2017-2018 Athens Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

Chairman of the Board

 Lange Svehlak- Athens Daily Review

Immediate Past Chairman

Steve Barksdale- Bancorp South Insurance

Incoming Chairman

Betty Herriage - Henderson County District Clerk

Recording Secretary 

Kathy Means- Kathys Boutique


Marisa Gunstanson - Southside Bank (January through June)


Tara Rigby


Erick Graham- Pastor Sand Springs Baptist Church

Chris Tinsley - Attorney-at-Law

Corey Frentress - Velvin & Weeks

Dr. Ted Mettetal- Hope Springs Water (not pictured)

Stephen Magee- Elder Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram (not pictured)

Matt Porter- Ivan Smith Furniture

Janie Cole- Cole Air Conditioning & Appliance Co.

Chad McKibbin- Sonic (not pictured)

Blake Daniels- Oak Wood Place Senior Living

Freddie Paul - Brookhaven Industires (not pictured)



Blake Stiles - Superintendent Athens ISD (not pictured)

Lisa Denton - Athens Economic Development Corporation

Philip Rodriguez - City Manager (not pictured)

Kristen Bennett - Trinity Valley Community College


Also in the picture are:

Chet Patel - Super 8 & Doughballs Pizza

Carol Morton - Keep Athens Beautiful

  • "Increase your visibility in the community." -Rod Ross Business Owner
  • Chamber events and programs provide members with great opportunities to get to know new people and expand their prospect base.
  • You can increase positive perception among consumers and business owners when you're identified as a member of the Athens Chamber.
  • "You can create networking opportunities by serving with the Athens Chamber of Commerce." -Steve Barksdale
  • "The Athens Chamber of Commerce's fundamental mission is to generate more business activity for the community." -Ashley McKee