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.
Kimberly C. Bork
Director of Communications
Kimberly has joined the Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce as Director of Communications. Originally from the Cleveland, Ohio area, Kim located to Sumter in 2017 after what was thought to be a temporary move. Two years later, the allure of our small-town hospitality has made her and her boyfriend, Philip, home owners in our historical downtown. Kim comes to the Chamber after nearly two years working with Quixote Hospitality. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio State University, a Master of Arts degree from Cleveland State University, along with certifications in graphic design, HTML and coding. Kimberly will serve as the primary point of contact for the Chamber regarding communications as well as the liaison to the Chamber’s Education and Workforce Development Division. Her experience in business along with her educational background will allow us to continue our work of telling our story as a Chamber of Commerce and community. Enjoying life in the south for Kim involves good friends, great music, and spending time on the porch with Phil and her French Bulldog, Moe.
Ariel has joined the Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce as Director of Partner Development. Her responsibilities include helping new members choose the membership package that best fits their needs and ensuring that current members are getting the maximum benefit from their investment. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from The University of South Carolina and is an avid Gamecock fan. Originally from Sumter, Ariel has been active in her community since she was a child and is thrilled to be able to give back to the community she calls home. In her spare time Ariel enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and friends. She also loves being involved in her church and prayer group, spending time in the kitchen cooking and baking, attending various theatrical events, going to new places, reading novels, spoiling her dog, Darla, and soaking up every opportunity life has to offer!
Jillian is responsible for the management and facilitation of all Chamber Programs and Events, as well as collaborating with Chamber members to increase their brand visibility by supporting the programs/events that align with their areas of interest. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in English and cognate in Law and Government. Prior to joining the Chamber, she was a physician recruiter for 8 years at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital. Originally from Sumter, Jillian began volunteering at community events when she was 13 yrs old and over the years served on behalf of various civic organizations to include: City of Sumter Teen Court, Young Professionals of Sumter, and American Heart Association. She also has over 5 years of experience organizing an annual education conference while serving as an executive board member for a regional organization of physician recruiters. Jillian enjoys spending her free time with loved ones -including her 4 fur babies, being an amateur artist, exploring new places and of course, the beach!
Debra has been employed at the Chamber for 18 years. Prior to the Chamber, she worked for Sumter Dairies/Coburg for 22 years. Debra loves her job at the Chamber, especially meeting people and helping them with their questions, along with other daily duties. She enjoys coming to work each day as each day is a new experience!! She has 3 children and 6 grandchildren and has been married to Kenny Mims for 28 years. Debra grew up on a farm and still enjoys the country life. You'll see Debra at all of our Chamber events, and when not busy with work she enjoys spending time with her children and family. Give Debra a call today for information about our services, our community, and how the Chamber can help your business.