• Staff


    Chris Hardy, CCE, IOM

  • Chris is responsible for the general oversight of Chamber Operations while also serving as council to the Chamber’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors. Chris also serves on the Sumter County Economic Development Board and is an active member with the Sumter Rotary Club. Chris is a graduate of the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Organization Management (IOM) and received his Certified Chamber of Commerce Executive (CCE) from the American Chamber of Commerce Executives. Chris received his Bachelor of Arts from Francis Marion University. Chris and his wife Becca enjoying working in their yard and laying by the pool with their two dogs Nikko and Brody.


    Nicole Bailey
    Vice President of Operations

  • Originally from the Windy City, Nicole has lived in Sumter for 25ish years and considers herself a naturalized southerner. Nicole has a BA in Political Science from the College of Charleston and an MPA in Management and HR from Troy University. She worked in higher education for almost ten years before winning the job lottery when she joined the Chamber in 2014. In addition to loving her job, Nicole loves summers at the lake and all things football (Bear Down!! and Go Cocks!!). She has a son, Jayden, and is married to the one and only John E. “Bubba” Bailey.


    Debra Mims
    Staff Assistant
    Information Specialist

  • I have been employed at the Chamber for 18 years. Prior to the Chamber, I worked for Sumter Dairies/Coburg for 22 years. I love my job at the Chamber! I enjoy meeting people and helping them with their questions, along with the daily duties of my job. Each day is a new experience!! I have 3 children and 6 grandchildren and have been married to Kenny Mims for 28 years. I grew up on a farm and still enjoy the country life! I enjoy our Chamber events, and when not busy with work love spending time with children and family. Give me a call today for information about our services, our community, or how the Chamber can help your business.


     Jillian Huckeba
     Vice President of Programs and Events

  • Jillian Huckeba, former Professional and Physicians Recruiter at Prisma Health Tuomey, is the Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce's Vice President of Programs and Events. Originally from Sumter, Ms. Huckeba has been volunteering in the community when she was 13 years old and most recently served on the Board for the Young Professionals of Sumter.  A graduate of the University of South Carolina, Jillian has been involved in the Sumter Community volunteering and serving when needed.


    Janel Strieter
    Communications Director


  • Janel is one of the new additions to the Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce staff. She joined the Sumter Chamber of Commerce after attending school in Kirksville, Missouri at Truman State University. In 2016, she obtained her BA in Communications from the University.  Originally from the Chicago suburbs, she decided to move to South Carolina after falling in love with the area while visiting family.  Janel is glad to be away from the cold winters and is still hasn't adjusted to the fact that there are alligators in the waterways. 

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      Philip L. Edwards Business Person of The Year
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      2019 Annual Chamber Gala Presented by Thompson
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      2019 Annual Chamber Gala Presented by Thompson
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      Rub O' the Green Golf Tournament
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      Rub O' the Green Golf Tournament
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