Denise Ricks, Edward Jones | President

Oonagh Benson, Synovus | Treasurer

Carla Braswell, Edward Jones | Communications & Outreach

Marissa Chastain, American Pest Control | Media & Marketing


Member Spotlight


Lynn Hardman

Southern Waterbeds in Athens Georgia is a real waterbed store with six softside waterbeds and five hardside waterbeds for you to take a "test rest" on. They are all in stock for immediate pickup and our picked up prices will save you a ton of money versus any online site offering so called "free shipping". The same local owner since 1975 would appreciate your business - it's the only thing that keeps us going. We appreciate Lynn Hardman as a loyal member of the Athens West Business Association.

Wendy Frost
& Tessa Coleman

Bank of the Ozarks was founded in 1903 as a small community bank in Jasper, Arkansas. Excellence, fair dealing, and exceptional customer service have become cornerstones of the bank's character. On July 16, 2018, the new name become official. Their new name reflects both their heritage and dedication to building community and digital experiences to help customers meet financial needs. Bank OZK offers an incredible array of the very best personal and business banking services geared to offer convenience and safety while helping you attain your goals.


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Marissa Chastain

Serving clients with honesty, integrity, and professionalism is how American Pest Control, Inc., has built one of the Southeast's largest family-owned pest control companies. The American Pest Control team strives to continue improving and providing the best possible service to all of their valued clients. They pride themselves in being an active part of the communities in which they serve and hope to continue making North Georgia and Upstate South Carolina a wonderful place to call home. Marissa is an active member and officer of Athens West Business Leaders. She is the marketing specialist for American Pest Control and is the July 2018 featured business speaker.