Latest Chamber Blog News

B2B Media Morsel: Value of a Facebook Check-In

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Visit Maggie Laton’s blog to learn the value of a Facebook check-in and step-by-step instructions how to do it – iPhone & Android!

March B2B Presentation Slides Available

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

The slides from March 11th B2B luncheon are available here:  GROW B2B Slides March 2015

The slides from February’s B2B Luncheon presentation led by Dr. Wendy Dickinson and GROW Counseling are now available here:  Feb B2B Slides

or you can access by visiting Grow Counseling’s dedicated webpage here: 

We look forward to our April B2B Luncheon, also led by GROW Counseling where we will continue our focus on Personality Dynamics:  Building a Great Team, Being a Great Team Member, and Connecting with Clients.

Chamber members may register for April B2B here:

February Business After Hours Rescheduled

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

The Thursday February 26th Business After Hours has been rescheduled due to the possibility of winter weather.  Please join us Thursday, March 5th at Regions Bank in Fayetteville.  5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

If you have already registered for the February event, no need to register again!  More information here:

Regions Bank Logo color

Weather Update: Wednesday Chamber Meetings

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Winter Weather Update:  7:30 a.m.

The chamber is aware of possible winter weather in our area today, Wednesday, February 25th.  Except for scheduled meetings, the Fayette Chamber office will be closed today in anticipation of possible inclement weather.

At this time, the golf committee meeting scheduled for 8:15 a.m. will proceed as planned.

OSHA Webinar scheduled for 9:00 a.m. will proceed for registered attendees who have now received a link to access the webinar remotely from their home or office.

Decisions for Thursday meetings will be made late this afternoon or evening.

Thank you and stay warm!

GA Chamber Updates on GA Transportation Bill

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

The Georgia Chamber has created a transportation bill, HB 170 summary for citizens interested in the work being done at the Georgia Capitol this session and the impact that this bill could have.   The bill is a work in progress, and the Georgia Chamber will send updates as they are warranted.  Contact for any additional information.

HB 170 – BILL


Dr. Tim Hynes to Be Recognized with Community Service Award

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Dr. Tim Hynes, President of Clayton State University and member of the Fayette Chamber Board of Directors will be recognized with the Carl G. Rhodenizer Community Service Award at the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce 61st Annual Banquet on Saturday, January 31st.

Congratulations, Dr. Hynes!



Chamber Honors Outstanding Businesses and Leaders at Annual Meeting

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Over 320 business and community leaders gathered for the Fayette Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon Friday, January 16th at Dolce Atlanta-Peachtree.  Always one of the chamber’s most anticipated events, this year’s Annual Meeting introduced the organization’s newly named president and CEO, Carlotta Ungaro.  Ms. Ungaro was on-hand for the event and made some brief remarks to the attendees.

Also featured at this year’s meeting was internationally renowned artist and performer, Joe Castillo.  Mr. Castillo presented highlights of Fayette County and its history through his unique “Sandstory” art presentation.  Meeting attendees remarked about its creativity and how fortunate the community is to have such an artist as “one of our own citizens.”

“The chamber is pleased to host this gathering of Fayette County’s most influential business and civic leaders, whose hard work significantly benefits our community,” said Greg Detwiler, 2015 chamber Board Chairman.  “Today we honored a select few of those leaders, but everyone in the room is an integral part of the planning and preparation for our county’s future opportunities.”

Several chamber members were recognized for their service and participation in the chamber in 2014.  The following awards were given:  Young Professional of the Year— Jon Hughes, Bank of North Georgia; Volunteer of the Year—Jeff Edwards, Jeffrey S. Edwards, CPA; Chet Wells Award—Trey Rasgdale, Kaiser Permanente.

The Dreambuilder Award for service to the Fayette County community was given to Marie Sams, founder of The Joseph Sams School.

Two awards for business excellence in 2014 were also given.  Small Business of the Year was presented to NAECO, LLC.  Outstanding Business Person of the Year was given to Bob Reeves of Accounting Resources for his longtime leadership in Fayette County and Metro-Atlanta Region.

To conclude the meeting, 2014 Board Chairman J. Michael Burnett, Piedmont Fayette Hospital, passed the chairman’s gavel to 2015 Board Chairman, Greg Detwiler, Georgia Power.

This year’s Annual Meeting was made possible by presenting sponsor, NCR Corporation.  Other leading sponsors included Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Piedmont Fayette Hospital, Georgia Power, AT&T, and Cancer Treatment Centers of America.  Small Business of the Year award was sponsored by Minuteman Press-Peachtree City.  Outstanding Business Person of the Year award was sponsored by Coweta-Fayette EMC.

Fayette Chamber Board Member Named CFO at Chick-fil-A

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Tenured Executive Committee at Atlanta-based restaurant chain expands.

Chick-fil-A has five new members on its Executive Committee. They join Dan Cathy, Donald “Bubba” Cathy, Tim Tassopoulos, Steve Robinson, and Buck McCabe, who have comprised Chick-fil-A’s Executive Committee for more than 19 years. The new members of the company’s Executive Committee are: Jon Bridges, Brent Ragsdale, Lynn Chastain, Andrew Cathy and Cliff Robinson. All have been promoted to senior vice president.

Ragsdale, 48, assumes the role of chief financial officer, previously held by Buck McCabe, who will remain on the Executive Committee in an advisory role through 2015, at which time he will retire. Ragsdale began working at Chick-fil-A as a restaurant team member in high school. In 1990, he joined Chick-fil-A, Inc. as a franchisee consultant. He later moved to the financial services department and held multiple leadership roles, most recently vice president and chief accounting officer. He currently serves on the board of visitors for Berry College and the boards of directors for Southwest Christian Care, Fayette County Chamber of Commerce, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program, holds a Master of Business Administration from Mercer University and a bachelor’s degree in business from Berry College. He is married to GiGi, and they have three children.

“Longevity in leadership has always been one of our secret ingredients,” said Dan Cathy, president and CEO. “Chick-fil-A is in the rare and wonderful position of having senior leaders who helped grow this business with care and confidence. They have mentored a new generation of leaders, and I am especially grateful to Steve Robinson and Buck McCabe, for their loyalty, wisdom and humble service. They have played a significant part in growing one restaurant into a business of more than 1,850 restaurants that have had 47 consecutive years of sales growth. As we position Chick-fil-A for an even stronger future, we will be strengthened by the wisdom of the leaders who got us here. They are passing the torch to a new generation of leadership who are well-prepared to foster growth of a relevant brand in a changing world. They are individuals with character, fortitude and unparalleled business acumen — our best is yet to come.”

Chamber Names New CEO

Friday, January 9th, 2015

The Fayette Chamber of Commerce has named Carlotta Ungaro as its new president and CEO, tasked to lead the county’s largest business organization of almost 800 members.

Ungaro comes to the chamber from the Morrisville (NC) Chamber, a suburb of Raleigh, North Carolina.  She has served as its president since May 2011.  Prior to Morrisville, Ungaro served as president of the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce in Beaufort, S.C. for five years.

In addition to her leadership in the Carolinas, Ungaro has considerable economic development and chamber experience in the state of Georgia.  She started in economic development as the research director for the Metro Augusta Chamber of Commerce.  She later worked as a regional economic development representative of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, and then as the vice president of government affairs for the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber conducted a nationwide search for a new president and CEO.  That search ultimately led to Ungaro’s selection.  “Carlotta’s accomplishments during her tenure at the Morrisville and Beaufort chambers exemplify her strong leadership ability,” noted Michael Burnett, 2014 chamber Board Chairman and leader of the chamber’s search committee.  “Her background and experience demonstrate her ability to be a strong advocate for Fayette businesses.  Her connections throughout the state of Georgia will help continue to position Fayette County as an important player in regional and state economic development.”

“I am excited about the skills, experience and leadership that Carlotta will be bringing to our chamber,” said Greg Detwiler, the chamber’s 2015 Board Chairman and search committee member.  “We are well positioned today and her chamber, economic and policy development experience, along with her business background, make her the perfect fit to take us forward.  We fully anticipate that she will continue the chamber’s growth and positive influence in the community that we have experienced in last few years.”

“I am thrilled to be back in Georgia and Fayette County is like coming home.  Fayette County has a great pro-business climate and I am honored that I have been chosen to represent the businesses here,” stated Ungaro.

Originally from Ellaville, Georgia, Ungaro graduated from Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus and received her MBA from Georgia State University.  She received Chamber Certified Executive (CCE) status in 2013, is a 2009 graduate of the U.S. Chamber’s Institute of Organizational Management and was a 2014 class advisor.  She has completed four leadership programs including Atlanta’s Regional Leadership Institute and Leadership South Carolina.

She and her husband, Maurice, will be relocating to Fayette County, and she will start her new job February 9, 2015.  Ungaro is replacing Virginia Gibbs who retired in December after ten years as the chamber’s president and CEO.Carlotta Ungaro

Get Preview of GA Legislative Agenda at GA Chamber Eggs & Issues Breakfast

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014
Dec ’14
9:00 am

The Georgia Chamber is hosting its 2015 Eggs & Issues Breakfast on January 13th.  Held concurrent to the convening of the General Assembly each year, the breakfast serves as a kickoff to the 153rd Georgia General Assembly session.  This annual event attracts over 2,000 Georgians, including many of the state’s top level officials, to the World Congress Center in Atlanta.  Governor Nathan Deal, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, and House Speaker David Ralston will provide a preview of the 2015 legislative agenda.

Click HERE for more information and to register.

close X