We work as an advocate for small and medium-sized businesses in our community to engage them in events with the business community in the area. The Chamber is privileged to serve as the Designated Marketing Organization (DMO) for the Harris County area where we have the opportunity to both promote our tourism partners and local business as well as drive new visitors into our community.
President & CEO
Formerly President and CEO of Vance Smith Construction Company, Vance Smith, Jr owns and operates Vance Smith Contracting & Consulting, LLC, which provides business development services for construction and engineering companies.
Vance served as a Harris County Commissioner from 1987-1990 and was Chairman for the last two years.
Elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1992, he served 17 years and was Chairman of the House Transportation Committee for five.
From 2009-2011, Vance was the Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Transportation.
Re-elected to the Georgia House in 2018, Vance serves as Vice Chairman of the Natural Resources Committee and Vice Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee.
He has been married to Michele, a former teacher in Harris County, for 49 years. They have 3 children and 7 grandsons.
Tourism and Event Manager
Gloria has a degree in Human Services from Mercer University. She has enjoyed working with people and families for over 30 years and loves coordinating events and meeting goals. Gloria moved to Harris County 4 years ago because of the warm people and all the activities in Harris. County. She enjoys outdoor activities which include hiking and biking. Gloria's goal as tourism and events manager is to improve the experience that tourists and residents alike have while visiting or being a part of Harris County.
Conner was born in the area and recently graduated from the amazing school system here in Harris County. He is also a full-time college student at Columbus State University in addition to his role at the Chamber. Conner lives in Midland with his family
Katie is a senior at Harris County High School. She plans to go to college, but she's still searching for the right one. Katie's passion is in computer science and she plans to study something in that field after graduation.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is the policy body of the Harris County Chamber of Commerce. Its members represent a cross-section of the business and professional leadership in the community. It has always been considered an honor to serve on the Board. Genuine and unselfish interest in the Chamber and its objective is the first requirement for the Board members.
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