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. In his spare time Chris enjoys hunting and golf. Chris received his Bachelor of Arts from Francis Marion University.
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.
A native of the Adirondack mountain region of eastern upstate New York, Maureen and her family first joined the Sumter/Shaw AFB community in 1988 and stayed for nine years. After a five-year relocation to Phoenix, the family re-established their Sumter community connections in 2001 and are proud to call the Gamecock City their home! Maureen holds a BA in Organizational Management and Early Childhood Education. Formally trained as an educator, she spent a number of years teaching at the kindergarten level before moving on to school administration. She is a passionate volunteer within the community and sits on the Board of Directors for Sumter Mission Outreach, serving the homeless in Sumter. She and her husband, David, are the very proud parents of two daughters and a son.
I have been employed at the Chamber for 16 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 5 grandchildren and have been married to Kenny Mims for 27 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.
Blaike Schwartz joined the Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce as the new Membership Director and began work on April 9. She comes to the Chamber after a recent move from her small hometown in Southern Illinois. Prior to her move she earned her bachelor’s degree in Marketing in 2016 from Southern Illinois University. During college, and after, she has held business to business sales positions in the Southern Illinois market, most recently in the medical equipment field. As a young professional she is eager to tackle many tasks and to see what she can accomplish. In her free time she enjoys shopping, spending time with family, and especially spending time with her dog, Penelope. She is also extremely excited to see what South Carolina has to offer and to meet the community of Sumter!
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 slowly adjusting to the fact that there are alligators in the waterways.