• Board of Directors

  • 2020 Leadership Lamar Nominations!

    We are proud to announce that we will sponsor and hold the next Leadership Lamar class in February 2020!  Leadership Lamar has proven to be a very successful opportunity to mold leaders in our community.  Our graduates from Leadership Lamar currently serve our community as City Council members, County Commissioners, County Chairpersons, and many sits on the board for our Industrial Development Authority and the Chamber of Commerce.  We are very excited about this program and hope that you see the level of importance for this program and support the need to continue to offer such a program. 


    To continue the program, we need to fill twenty spots in the upcoming class with eligible leadership candidates.  You will find a nomination form enclosed.  Please take a moment to consider the following:


    • Do you know of a co-worker, professional associate, leader in your church or civic organization that you feel will benefit from this leadership program?
    • Do you have an employee that you wish to sponsor in this leadership program?
    • Would you or your business be willing to sponsor a student in this leadership program?  There will be candidates that would like to take the program that may not financially be able to pay the $300.00 tuition - would you be willing to sponsor such a candidate?


    Please take a moment to complete the enclosed nomination form with anyone that you wish to nominate as an upcoming leader in our community that may benefit from this program.  Also, please note the form where indicated if you wish to sponsor a candidate that is unable to attend due to the financial commitment.  

    Please click here for Nomination Forms.

    Please submit your 2020 Leadership Lamar Nomination Form by Friday, December 13, 2019. 


    Thank you for your time and consideration!  We appreciate your input!


    Best Regards,


  • Sharon Greer, Chairman 
    Retired—Chairman, Barnesville BBQ & Blues Festival

    Sharon Elliot Greer grew up in the North Atlanta suburbs and moved to Barnesville in 1998. She retired from First National Bank and later went on to work for Sodexo at Gordon College. She began volunteering with the Chamber of Commerce in 2007 and has been an active member ever since. In addition to the Chamber, she enjoys volunteering her time with the local Fire Department, Relay for Life, and the CERT Team. Along with her husband Ed, they have three daughters, eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. In 2018, Sharon was elected as the new and first Chairwoman of the benchmark Barnesville BBQ and Blues Festival. 

  • Cory McCook, Vice-Chairman
    Carpet Cure

    Cory McCook is a graduate of Gordon State College, and also holds degrees in Music and Business Management from Georgia College and State University. He is the CEO of Carpet Cure, Inc. and the founder of Middle Georgia Rug Spa. Inspired by, and having studied under influential leaders like Zig Ziglar, John C. Maxwell, and Michael Gerber, Cory has guided these companies such that they have grown to earn their position among the highest ranking in the industry, and are indisputably the most reputable in Middle Georgia. Cory is the author of "Your Carpet and Floor Care Guide" which was published in 2017.

    Cory is married to Margaret Allen McCook and they have three children. They attend Antioch Baptist Church where Cory has been the Worship Director for over ten years. Cory was elected to a new three-year term on the Board of Directors in 2018. 

  • Blane Parker, Treasurer 
    United Bank

    Blane Parker, a Barnesville native, attended Lamar County High School, later played baseball for Gordon State College, and would go on to play baseball and graduate from Georgia Southwestern University in Americus. Upon graduation in 2014, Blane returned home to Barnesville where he began his career with United Bank and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2017.

  • Mark Farmer,  Past Chairman
    Team One Real Estate Professionals

    Mark Farmer, a native of Barnesville, Georgia, began his tenure with the Chamber of Commerce over a decade ago. Having attended and graduated from Barnesville Academy High School and later attending Gordon State College, he received his degree in business from Maryville College. After college, he spent several years in Atlanta in the banking industry until the longing for the small town atmosphere called him back to Barnesville. With an incredible love for golf, Mark traded in his bankers hours and became a Golf Club Professional and managed two golf clubs in the surrounding counties until 2000 when became a certified Real Estate Agent and began his career with Team One Real Estate Professionals. 

    Mark has been married to his wife Lane for thirty years and together they have two beautiful daughters, Morgan and Macy, two awesome sons-in-law, and two beautiful granddaughters, Ellie and Ava. Along with spending time with his family and golfing, Mark is also an avid hunter and fisherman. This is Chairman Farmer's second time at the gavel for the Chamber of Commerce and his final year on the Board of Directors—after over a decade of dedicated service to our community. 

  • Shawn Goelz, Board Director

    Shawn, a native of South Florida just north of Miami, received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Northern Kentucky University. During his time at Northern Kentucky, Shawn was the President of the school's chapter of the Wesley Foundation and very active in the Student Ministry. He later took his love for the Student Ministry with him when he moved to Marietta, Georgia where he served on the Student Ministry at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church—where he would meet his future wife, Heather Baker, and where his ministry would later turn to food service.

    Now, Shawn is one of four owners of the Zaxby's restaurants in Barnesville and Jackson, Georgia. He and his wife live in Locust Grove and have two children, Maximus (Max) and Emerson (Emmy), and were very active in the helping to start three new church campuses for North Point Ministries out of Alpharetta. He currently serves on the leadership team at Southside Church Henry County and runs the morning services production team. Since becoming a "foodie" during his time in the restaurant industry, the most important thing he has learned is different ways to be a servant to others. His family is his greatest blessing. Shawn was elected to a new three-year term on the Chamber of Commerce in 2018.

  • Craig Cooper, Board Director
    Chief of Police—City of Barnesville

    Chief of Police, Craig Cooper, is a native and graduate of Lamar County, as well as a graduate of Southern Crescent Technical College with a degree in Networking. After high school, Chief Cooper joined the United States Army and served his country for four years as an Aircraft Repairman. Upon his completion with the military, he returned home and began his training with the City of Barnesville Police Department where he would complete over 2500 hours of law enforcement training courses in schools relating to investigations, information technology, and management. 

    He has been involved with community projects such as Missing and Exploited Children, Barnesville Youth Council, Region 4 Youth Summit, and numerous other programs. He holds the position of Chief of Police for the City of Barnesville, and he serves the citizens and visitors of Barnesville with an immeasurable amount of pride. Chief Cooper is married and has two adult children and four grandchildren. He was elected to the Board of Directors in 2018.

  • Craig Ogletree, Board Director
    Georgia Power

    Biography Coming Soon!


  • Kellie Mercer, Board Director
    Lamar County Family Connection Collaborative

    Photo & Bio coming soon!

  • Raychel Allen, Board Director
    Jordan Forest Products

    Raychel is a Barnesville native who graduated from Lamar County High School before obtaining her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Gordon State College. In September 2017, Raychel became the By-Products Manager as well as administrative specialist for Jordan Forest Products .  Raychel mainly focuses on the day-to-day functioning of the by-products department, however, she also assists in the Human Resources and Accounting departments. Raychel recently married her husband, Taylor, and is expecting their first child in June.  She was elected to the Board of Directors in 2018.

  • Glen Allen, Board Director
    City of Barnesville, Electrical Supervisor

    Photo & Bio coming soon!

  • Tammie Smith, Board Director
    Salon on Main

    Photo & Bio coming soon!

  • Steve Caison, Board Director
    Southern Rivers Energy

    Photo & Bio coming soon!