Suwannee Democrat


February 13, 2014

Suwannee Chamber names new executive director

Live Oak — From the Suwannee County Chamber of Commerce:

Born and raised in Suwannee County, Austin Richmond is glad to be back. Last year, he joined a talented group of professionals from around the country to assist with the multi-million dollar rebranding initiative at the historic Mountain Lake Lodge in Pembroke, Va. 

From 2003-2013 he honed important leadership skills and exceptional customer service skills while showing a knack for problem solving and attention to detail in the mortgage banking industry working for Everbank Financial and ABN AMRO in Jacksonville.

From 2000-2003, he held the position as special events manager for The American Cancer Society where he learned the value of building a team and leading that team to achieve a common goal. He organized fundraising events through coordinating meetings and presentations for large groups of volunteers in both the Gainesville and Jacksonville area. 

While in Charleston, S.C. he worked as an intern for the Chamber of Commerce helping to organize multiple events and grow membership.

He graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration with a focus on Marketing and Management from the University of South Carolina in 1999. 

In his spare time, he enjoys working and maintaining the land he was raised on in O’Brien where his parents Jim & Roberta Richmond operate Camp Dovewood. He is the proud father of four active children and has been happily married since 2002 to Cara Richmond. 

He is excited to accept the honor and responsibility of serving the community that has always felt like home to him.

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