The Dawson County Chamber of Commerce has officially named Mandy Power, a local banking leader, as its new president.
Power, a long-time resident of Dawson County, will assume her new role overseeing day-to-day operations of the Chamber of Commerce, the Office of Tourism Development and the Dawson County Development Authority on Jan. 5, 2021, following the departure of current chamber president Christie Moore.
“I am incredibly humbled and honored to be leading the Chamber, Office of Tourism and Economic Development into the next chapter,” Power said in the release. “I have very big shoes to fill as Christie Moore has left a giant imprint on this community. I love Dawson County as this is the place my husband and I have chosen to raise our children and have had the privilege of working at for the past 12 years.”
According to a chamber press release, Power holds a degree in economics from the University of Georgia, where she graduated in 2005.
She began a career with BB&T while at UGA and has filled a variety of roles in the bank, most recently as the vice president and branch leader of the Dawsonville branch since 2011. She is also a 2011 graduate of Leadership Dawson, a program by the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce.
Explaining why Power was chosen for the role, Dawson County Chamber Board Chair Gwen Kellar said that the knowledge and experiences brought to the table by Power made her an ideal candidate.
“We are beyond excited Mandy has accepted the role of leading our Chamber of Commerce,” said in the release. “Her community involvement and bank management expertise make her the perfect choice to fill the position as our Chamber president. We are looking forward to working with her and seeing how she and the staff continue to build on this great organization.”
Beyond her career in banking, Power has also served on several boards within the community, including United Way of Dawson County, Dawson County’s Long Range Planning Committee, the Dawson County School System, as well as with the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce itself.
“Mandy knows this community so well which makes her such a great asset to the Chamber,” Kellar said in the release. “She will do an amazing job of helping us fulfill our mission statement of ‘cultivating a successful economic environment and a desirable quality of life for our businesses and community’.”
Power and her husband James have three daughters, Gracie Lynn, Emma and Livi Kate. In their spare time, she and her family enjoy football, anything having to do with the Georgia Bulldogs, hiking, competition cheer and spending time together.
Following the announcement, Power said that she is excited to take on this new challenge of becoming Chamber president.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to continue to work with and support our business community, as well as I am thrilled to lead a team of incredible people who also have a passion and heart for Dawson County,” Power said.