New chamber executive director appointed



Aimee Wilson

Aimee Wilson

Aimee Wilson, former assistant director of the Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce, was named the organization’s new executive director by its board of directors last week.

She replaces former executive director Donny Ray, who resigned Oct. 4, following a period of criticism of the countywide chamber, and a substantial cut in its funding from Oneonta and Blount County.

Wilson is a 1993 graduate of Oneonta High School. She graduated from Auburn University in 1997 with a degree in corporate journalism. She worked three years for Word-South Public Relations in Rainsville, a firm specializing in public relations for electric and telecommunications co-operatives, then became a feature writer for The Gadsden Times in 2000. She went to work for the Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce in 2007, beginning as administrative assistant to Charles Carr, later promoted to assistant director in 2009.

“On behalf of the chamber of commerce board of directors, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Aimee Wilson as our new executive director,” said Brandon Guyton, board chairman. “Ms. Wilson has been an invaluable asset to the chamber and to our community over the past 6 years. We are excited about her continued growth and contribution to the chamber going forward.

“In her new role, she will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the chamber of commerce, promoting and marketing Blount County businesses, and relaying chamber and member initiatives throughout the county. Please join us in congratulating her on her new role and responsibilities. We look forward to serving the business community of Blount County and to the continued success of the chamber of commerce with Ms. Wilson at the helm.”

“I would like to thank the board of directors for this giving me this opportunity,” Wilson said. “The support I have received from chamber members and people throughout the community has been tremendous. It takes all of us working together to continue making Blount County a better place to live and work.

“I am most excited about the time I have gotten to spend with our members and county leaders over the past few weeks. This is the most important aspect of the chamber’s plan as we move forward, and I look forward to continuing these visits…It is our mission and my goal to provide quality service to Blount County’s businesses and communities. I will do everything in my power, as will the board of directors, to continue making Blount County a better place…

“Feel free to call or stop by any time. I’m always available to discuss any opportunities in which the chamber may be of service within your community,” she said.

Wilson is the daughter of David and Donna Wilson of Oneonta. She has two sons, Rece, 11, and Rhett, 9.