• Board of Directors

  • Mark Farmer, Chairman of the Board of Directors
    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 the 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 to 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. 

  • Sharon Greer, Vice-Chairman of the Board 
    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. 

  • Blane Parker, Chamber of Commerce 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.

  • Kathryn Claxton, Board Director
    Southern Rivers Energy

    As a Communications Specialist, Kathryn Claxton works to enhance Southern Rivers Energy's internal and external communications strategy in order to promote products and services with the cooperative's goals, mission, and vision to its members and employees. She specializes in graphic design and represents the organization with visuals that create impact. Kathryn holds a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Gordon College, and her hobbies include cooking, traveling, and spending time with her pets, Dr. John Watson and Honey. Kathryn joined the Board of Directors in 2016.

  • Terrell Selph, Board Director
    AgSouth Farm Credit

    Terrell Selph was born and raised in Barnesville and graduated from Lamar County High School. He received an Associate's Degree from Gordon State College and later a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Real Estate Management from the University of Georgia in Athens. Terrell later married his hometown sweetheart, Meggie Garrison, and would go on to work for the Boy Scouts of America and later a local community bank in Covington, Georgia, before finally returning to Barnesville and beginning his career with AgSouth Farm Credit, where he serves as the Regional Vice President serving Lamar, Butts, and Mornoe Counties. 

    Outside of AgSouth, Terrell and Meggie enjoy spending their time with their three sons Garrison, Austin, and Layton—as well as coaching them in local sports, and being active participants at the First Baptist Church of Barnesville. Proud of his parents, Carson and Kathy Selph, his in-laws, George and Linda Garrison, and his community, Terrell is proud to be a part of the Historically Driven—Forwardly Innovative Barnesville-Lamar County Chamber of Commerce.

  • Blane Cauthen, Board Director
    Cauthen Custom Services

    Biography Coming Soon!

  • Cory McCook, Board Director
    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. 

  • Shawn Goelz, Board Director
    Zaxby's

    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.

  • Denise Hames, Board Director
    Retired — Chairman, Barnesville Buggy Days Festival

    Denise Burnette Hames, a native of Barnesville, grew up on Burnette Road and is one of five generations of Burnettes that have called Barnesville home. Almost her entire life has been dedicated to hospitality. She grew up working at her family owned businesses, The Crescent House (now El Durango) and Dairy Delight. Later, she would work in Forsyth at the Holiday Inn before moving to Atlanta, Georgia to raise her children and step-children as a homemaker for twenty-eight years. Even during her tenure in Fulton County, Barnesville would call her home for various family events and social events, even entering her daughter in the Miss Buggy Days Pageant.

    in 2014, she returned to Barnesville for good to be closer to her family. She is the daughter of Bobbie Shelnutt Burnette and the late Robert (Bobby) Burnette, Sr., a former Chairman of the Lamar County Board of Commissioners. It was indeed her parents love and passion for Barnesville that ultimately brought her back home, where she intends to continue to serve people and businesses of the community. In 2018, Denise was elected as the new and first Chairwoman of the benchmark Barnesville Buggy Days Festival.

  • 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.

  • Andrew Patrick Henry, Board Director
    A.P. Henry Art

    A.P. Henry hails from nearby Griffin, Georgia, and has been a resident of Barnesville for the last six years. He's been "Arting since the age of two"—a passion that he knew would turn into a lifelong profession at that very early age. Andrew attended Gordon State College and graduated Suma Cum Laude with double honors with an Associate's Degree in Art. Since launching his professional career in 2012, he has enjoyed using his time and talent for charities and non-profits in the Barnesville-Lamar County area, as well as around the United States and beyond. Following in his grandfather's footsteps—a longtime local doctor—Andrew decided to stay put, right here in Lamar County, to contribute to his community. Also an Eagle Scout, he has not only painted in local municipalities around Georgia, but locations around the United States and the globe; having completed projects for companies such as HBO and Heineken (here and in Amsterdam). Borrowing from the very vintage, to the most distinct and clean of modern inspirations, Andrew's artistic visions and creations serve to help those who choose him as their artist. He join the Board of Directors in 2018.

  • Debbie Johnson, Board Director
    Pastime Grill—Owner/Operator

    Biography Coming Soon!

  • Craig Ogletree, Board Director
    Georgia Power

    Biography Coming Soon!

  • Cheryl Chester, Board Director
    Team One Real Estate Professionals 

    Cheryl Chester was born in New York and Raised in Florida. She moved to Georgia in 1990 and has been in Barnesville ever since. Before joining the Team One Real Estate Professionals Family, Cheryl was a manicurist for nearly three decades, having also operated a tanning salon for five years before getting her real estate license. She is a member and Vice President of the Board of the Heart of Georgia Board. She is also a 2016 graduate of the Leadership Lamar Program. She and her husband, Kenny Chester, attend Rock Springs Church, and enjoy a wide variety of hobbies including cycling and horses. She has three amazing step-children and two beautiful grandchildren. Cheryl has been a dedicated volunteer at the Chamber of Commerce and was appointed to its Board of Directors in 2018. 

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