Chamber announces president Monk to lead Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce
HARTSVILLE, S.C.—The board of directors of the Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the promotion of Murphy Monk from membership development coordinator to president. In this capacity, Monk will lead the chamber in its mission to be a catalyst for community success through member support and advocacy.
A graduate of Clemson University, Monk holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies. Prior to coming to the Chamber in 2017, she worked in sales, marketing and management at Le Bleu of Charleston and Main Street Boutique in Mount Pleasant. She also managed business development for Tobaccoville USA, Inc for the state of Virginia. As membership development coordinator at the Chamber, Monk was responsible for member outreach and engagement, and promotions and marketing for the chamber and its members.
Under her leadership, the Chamber’s website has grown from 80,000 hits per year to over 100,000 and the Chamber’s social media presence has grown by 50%, based on Facebook Likes. More significantly, the chamber has seen 19% growth in membership over the past two years. “Murphy has forged relationships and bonds with the business community and understands the true value of chamber membership. She is a dynamic, strategic leader who gives 110% of herself every day. It has been a delight to watch her grow professionally and I feel positive the chamber is headed for bigger and better opportunities that will directly have an impact on our community,” remarked former president Quinetta Buterbaugh, who is leaving the chamber after four years as president to serve the Darlington County School District as its business engagement coordinator.
Monk assumed her new role on January 4 and will be working with the board of directors to execute this year’s program of work. The chamber will be hosting a number of new offerings that she has shaped , like the “On the Menu” small business lunch and learn series, “Chamber Chat” coffee meetings to help members understand their chamber benefits and how to get the most out of membership, and an outlook forum concerning healthcare changes and how they will affect the business community. “"I would like to thank the board of directors for their confidence and Quinetta for her support and leadership. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to serve my community as president of the chamber and I look forward to continue working with our membership to enhance their vision for Hartsville. The Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce is successful because of our commitment to our members' goals and I aim to keep that at the forefront of my decision making,” remarked president Monk.
The Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce is a membership-based business advocacy organization founded in 1910. The Chamber provides a voice for local businesses, supports economic development, and promotes the vibrant and personal community that makes Hartsville appealing to businesses and residents.