Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce Names Yvonne D. Williams as CEO

Staff Report From Middle Georgia CEO

Friday, July 27th, 2018

The Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has named Yvonne D. Williams as the President/CEO of the Macon Chamber. Williams most recently served as Executive Director for the Griffin, GA Downtown Development Authority.

Williams, an Atlanta native with strong ties to Macon, entered the Chamber profession in 1983 as the President/CEO of the Morgan County Chamber of Commerce in Madison, GA and served there for four years. Over the next 12 years, in a series of roles with increasing responsibility, she headed the Sumter, Hall and Cobb County Chambers, respectively. During this time she received the Georgia Chambers of Commerce Certified Executive designation. One of her signature professional accomplishments was serving as the President/CEO of the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts from 1999-2016.  During her tenure, Williams achieved several major accomplishments and goals, some of which include…

❖ Supporting the State of Georgia Economic Development Department with recruitment of Mercedes Benz North American headquarters ( 1000 jobs) and State Farm regional headquarters (4000 jobs)

❖ Accelerating construction of a $38 million Perimeter Center Parkway opened in 2007 to provide alternative access to commuters, residents and shoppers, attracting multi-use developments

❖ Managing two ClD boards of directors, engaging elected officials, citizens, and stake holders for transportation improvement programs in the Southeast USA's largest corporate office market such as the Perimeter area of metro Atlanta that Leveraged $4 I. 7 million of PCIDs' funds into $ 1 Billion.

❖ Appointment by Governor Perdue to serve Commission on Formation of Cities of Dunwoody and Sandy Springs

Chamber Chairman Ron Shipman shared his excitement about bringing Williams onboard citing her “considerable leadership experience in chamber related activities, public administration, fundraising, and delivering large transportation projects. Yvonne also has a demonstrated ability to cultivate strategic relationships at the local, state, and regional level, which she will leverage to our advantage as the Chamber pursues its strategic plan in the coming years.”
“Yvonne Williams brings a wealth of experience and fresh ideas and has a vision for the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce that will provide new energy for the Chamber as that vision unfolds,” states Chamber Board and Search Committee member, Starr Purdue.
Williams earned her BA from the University of Georgia in Journalism and Public Relations. She also completed programs at the Harvard Business School for Strategic Perspectives Nonprofit Management Program Institute and Performance Measurement for Effective Management of Nonprofit Organizations Institute, which includes a select group of nonprofit executives worldwide.