PICKENS — Many gathered April 25 at the Pickens Area Chamber of Commerce to honor and celebrate the retirement of Mike Parrott, current executive director, and to welcome his replacement, Kimberly Smagala.
Parrott has served as executive director for the past seven years and will be remembered most by his passion for business growth and extraordinarily warm smile, which so often has been seen walking down Main Street and visiting with local businesses.
He has been a tremendous asset in the growth of the area and has brought value to the chamber membership.
Smagala is a native to the Upstate with a diverse background in Chamber work, marketing and small business development.
“We are grateful to Mike for his dedication and commitment to Pickens and the surrounding community. We wish him the best in his retirement,” said Liza Holder, president of the Chamber board. “The board is also excited about the fulfillment of this position with the hiring of Kim Smagala. She will serve Pickens exceptionally well.”
The Chamber of Commerce is a cornerstone for business in the area and solely exists to serve, promote, and advocate for local business. For those looking to join or find out more about the Pickens Area Chamber of Commerce, go by the Chamber Office at 222 W. Main St. in Pickens, call 864-878-3258 or visit www.pickenschamber.net.