"We had some huge shoes to fill with the retirement of Kent Dykes
Kent Dykes, Easley Chamber of Commerce President, announced his intention to retire effective June 29, 2012.
The announcement was made at the Easley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday (May 15).
Dykes joined the Easley Chamber in 2003, when he retired from Milliken Corporation to accept the position of Membership Director for the Easley Chamber.
time as Membership Director, the chamber expanded by over 135 members.
In 2004, he
was selected as President of the Chamber
, and has since seen a steady increase in membership.
During the recent economic downturn, Dykes
was credited for his
ability to maintain the organizations stability.
"It's been a pleasure to have served the Easley area as the Chamber
I can't imagine a better job to have, than to be able to interact with folks in the community and serve as an advocate for the area businesses and industry.
has seen steady growth, and it is my hope that the Chamber
will continue to play a large role in continued growth.
Dykes lives in Easley
and is heavily involved in numerous community agencies, including the Boy Scouts
, Leadership Pickens County, Pickens County Vision 2025, and Sassafras Mountain Improvement.
The Easley Chamber
of Commerce Board of Directors will begin a search for Dykes replacement immediately.
is leaving some mighty big shoes to fill.
stated Dr. Brian Swords, Easley Chamber
has been a good friend to many, and a very stable figure at the Chamber
for many years, and we are very thankful for his
eight years of dedication and service to the community."