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President

Chamber
 
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • Georgia Southern University
  • Masters of Business Administration degree
    Clemson University
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Chamber Execs - Connecting Executives
chamberexecs.com, 12 Dec 2013 [cached]
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Kent Dykes
Easley Chamber Newsboard | Get Involved today!
easleychamber.com, 11 Sept 2011 [cached]
Stated Kent Dykes of the Easley Chamber.
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Kent Dykes, President of the Easley commended Congressman Duncan on the many listening visits to Pickens County.
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From left are Terrie Albright, Eric Carnell, Alex Dye, Don Crews, Sarah Stegall, Barbara Lee, Josiah Wood, Ann Barnhardt (owner), Janelle Beamer, Shawna Owens, Kent Dykes (Easley Chamber), Dianne Francis, Gina Gray and Steven Lambright
Kent Dykes, Easley Chamber ...
www.easleychamber.org, 16 May 2012 [cached]
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. During his 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 President. 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. Easley has seen steady growth, and it is my hope that the Chamber will continue to play a large role in continued growth. stated Dykes.
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.
"Kent is leaving some mighty big shoes to fill. stated Dr. Brian Swords, Easley Chamber Board Chairman. "Kent 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."
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www.easleychamber.org, 25 Oct 2012 [cached]
Kent Dykes President:
Kent Dykes, President
easleychamber.com, 13 May 2009 [cached]
Kent Dykes, President
Originally from Brunswick, Georgia, Kent has lived in the upstate since 1970 and considers this home. He graduated from Georgia Southern University and was a founding brother of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and was student government President while on campus. He was in the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Pensacola, Florida while taking flight training.
After his time in the service he took a job with Milliken and Company as a planning manager at the Honea Path Plant. This was the startup of Milliken's warp knitting operation that eventually grew to the automotive fabrics division of the company. This began a thirty three (33) year career with Milliken and many different jobs in manufacturing, process improvement, information management, project management, product development, and sales account management. When Honea Path and Gayley consolidated knit machinery in 1976 Dykes coordinated the machinery move and was transferred to the Gayley Plant in Marietta, SC. At this time he and his wife Chris and young son Elliott moved to Easley.
He would drive through the town going from Honea Path to Gayley for weekly meetings and would eat at Joe's Restaurant on Main Street. He was impressed with the friendliness of the community. Easley was just the right size town for his family and a good location for commuting to work. During this time, Dykes attended evening classes and eventually earned his Masters of Business Administration degree through Clemson University.
In recent years he was a development manager and helped created seating fabrics that eventually went into GM, Ford, Chrysler, and many transplant automobiles. He started the market for Milliken in the big class 8 trucks and sold and developed fabrics going into Freightliner, Volvo, and International trucks. In 2003 with the business down turn many Milliken overhead jobs were eliminated and his job was among those.
He considered retirement but he was too energetic and enjoyed getting out and working with people. In a visit to the Chamber of Commerce to get information to teach Citizenship in the Community merit badge he talked with Judy Burns and decided to be the membership director of the chamber. He enjoyed this for a year and recruited 135 businesses into the Chamber. Then an opportunity came open at Dixie Machine Tools for a sales engineer. He learned the products and sold machinery to various companies in the Greenville - Spartanburg areas.
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Kent is married to the former Chris Harris of Pelzer and they have a son Elliott who is a Human Resource Consultant with Hewitt Associates in Atlanta. Their daughter Meredith is an Interior Designer and lives in Charleston, SC.
They have been members of the First Baptist Church for over thirty (30) years. Kent is an Eagle Scout and is currently the district commissioner for the Pickens County District of the Blue Ridge Council BSA.
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