Greater Florence Chamber announces new board members
A veteran of the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce will become chairman again on July 1. Paul Seward of First Bank will be the new chairman of the 2022-23 Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce board. This will be Seward’s second time serving as Chamber Chairman. “It’s always been a pleasure working with the chamber on enhancing area business projects. I look forward to following Brian Fast in leading the chamber through what we know will be a year of successful business programming,” Seward said. Seward replaces Fast of First Citizens Bank who will now serve as past-chair during the upcoming fiscal year. “I’ve enjoyed my time as chairman and am very proud of the chamber, its members and staff for the work done to enhance the area’s business climate,” Fast said. “I know Paul Seward will continue working with chamber leadership to meet our needs in the community.” The chamber chair-elect will be Drew Chaplin of Palmetto Commercial Real Estate. “Being able to work with such great board leadership over the years has provided the guidance and motivation for the chamber staff to be successful. We look forward to working with Paul Seward next year as we exercise our plans to address the ever-changing business environment,” chamber president, Mike Miller said. Completing the chamber executive board is Jamie Carsten of Anderson Brothers Bank serving as treasurer. Other chamber board changes include seven new board members serving three-year terms: Hugh Blanton, Synovus Bank; Jean Leatherman, Leatherman Realty; David Kahn, Signature Wealth; Ray Taylor, Finance of America Mortgage; Julie Maxham, House of Hope; David Mullins, First Reliance Bank and Twana McRae, South Carolina Federal Credit Union.