• 2022 Election for Board of Directors Seat

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  • Major Harris is a Georgia native who grew up in the small town of Acworth, Ga. Major is a serial entrepreneur who spent the better part of the last decade traveling the world implementing technology solutions for Fortune 500 companies.  He is the Owner of several local businesses including Farmers Insurance – Major Harris Agency, and Major Advancements, LLC. Although he has only been in Hart County for 10 months, you’ve probably already heard his name and know that he is a kind, upstanding businessman, Leader, and member of our community. He has already shown a demonstrated ability and willingness to serve. He currently sits on the board of HYDRA, the DDA Economic Vitality Committee, is co-chair of the Chamber Ambassadors program, co-chaired the 2020 Cars and Guitars Festival, and is a member of the Rotary club of Hartwell. He is a Certified NLP Master Practitioner, was recognized by Farmers Insurance as the Top Producing Protégé Agent in 2019, currently holds over 13 licenses and certifications, and has recently been recognized a Rising Star by the world leader in Personality Coding Technology with clients in more than 180 countries. Major’s ability to utilize resources and willingness to learn from his fellow business community members make him a great fit to serve on the Hart County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Hands-on and eager to serve the members of the Chamber, Major looks forward to continuing to serve our community. He enjoys spending his time with friends and family camping, hiking, and boating on the lake. “Through hard work, dedication, and a commitment to excellence, we ALL come together to make Hart County a great place to live, work, and play.” 

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  • Shannon Vanskike is an Illinois native that moved to Hartwell two years ago by way of Northern California.  She has spent over 30 years as an Executive Assistant for several Fortune 500 companies and most recently spent 15 years working for the Director for the County of El Dorado's Health and Human Services Agency.   She was responsible for revamping the entire Agency's purchase and procurement processes and implemented their United Way 2-1-1 Information System.  Currently, Shannon is co-owner of a digital marketing business, Everything Internet, based in Hartwell.

    Shannon is divorced with two grown children, Emma who lives in Greenville SC, and Jake who is currently a Sophomore at the University of California - San Diego.  

    Shannon has also lived in an RV, on a Sailboat, and spent over a year traveling the world.  She is hoping to put her organizational skills, technological passion, and worldly view to work for us here at the Chamber.

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  • Grayson Williams currently serves as the Community Relations Director for the Hart County Charter System where he has been working since June of 2021. In his current role, Grayson oversees district communications with the public and media. He promotes school and district activities, helps coordinate special events, and works to strengthen and develop community partnerships.

    For three years, Grayson worked as a local reporter at The Hartwell Sun. His work there consisted of covering everything from high school sports to breaking crime and policy news, as well as exclusive local coverage of the novel coronavirus pandemic, and in-depth feature and enterprise stories. He received a first-place award for Sports Coverage in the 2020 Georgia Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest, as well as a first-place Sports Photograph award, a second-place Investigative Reporting award, and several other third-place awards in the 2021 contest. 

    Grayson is an alumnus of Emory & Henry College where he was a double major in Mass Communications and Philosophy, all while competing on the football team as a standout offensive lineman. While at Emory & Henry, he spent time building communication skills in all facets of media, holding positions with the school's newspaper and television station, as well as with the Student Government Association as the Communications Director. Through his philosophy coursework, he discovered a love for debate and finding practical solutions to complex issues.

    Personally, Grayson is an avid sports fan, outdoor enthusiast, delicious-food seeker, and music lover. He is also a member of the Rotary Club.

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  • Ray Stowers grew up in northern Elbert County about halfway between Elberton and Hartwell with deep roots in each county.  I attended school in Elbert County.  I chased girls in Hart County marrying Susan Spears almost 30 years ago on Valentine's Day.  I have a daughter from a previous marriage who is the Business Manager at The Medical Center of Elberton.  My granddaughter is studying to be a pediatrician, possibly specializing in being a pediatric surgeon.  I/we are huge supporters of law enforcement and our military.  Both of our families currently have people currently serving in both and retired from both.

    Attached is the photo of me and my personal answer to Hartwell's traffic.

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