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Chamber leader named to 40 Under 40
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Dawson County Chamber of Commerce President Christie Haynes is a University of Georgia elite alumna.

Haynes, 24, was selected earlier this year to UGA's 2012 40 Under 40.

Now in its second year, the program recognizes alumni for their impact in business, leadership, community, educational and philanthropic endeavors.

"I am so honored to be a part of this year's 40 under 40 group," she said. "The individuals in this group have already made a huge impact on Georgia and the nation and to be considered among them is one of the greatest honors of my life thus far."

A 2010 UGA graduate, Haynes has bachelor degrees in political science, history and international affairs.

"If you've ever talked about football or college experiences with me, you know that I am an extreme UGA loyalist," she said. "To me, it is much more than being a fan or a football supporter. My experiences and education at UGA completely changed my way of thinking.

"My four years in Athens had a tremendous influence on what I have decided to do in my career."

In addition to Haynes' involvement on campus, her work after graduation and commitment to her alma mater make her an ideal recipient of the honor, said Julie Cheney, assistant director of alumni relations.

"Not only was she an excellent student on campus, because that's not enough, she takes the skills and accomplishments as a well-rounded UGA alumni and we've seen her translate that into her career," Cheney said. "It's about the leadership they bring to whatever role they are in."

Prior to accepting her current position, Haynes served as president and CEO of the Blakely-Early County Chamber of Commerce in southwest Georgia.

She also served as president of UGA's Southwest Georgia Alumni Association and currently serves on the board of directors for the School of Public and International Affairs.

"I have been blessed to remain extremely active as an alumna," Haynes said. "My love for UGA can probably be described as a mild obsession, so getting the opportunity to represent the university as a part of the 40 under 40 group is extremely exciting to me."

Haynes was among 400 alumni nominated in 2012.