Florence Chamber leader feted at holiday reception

By: Andrew Boardwine

FLORENCE, S.C. – Dozens of business leaders and government officials gathered at the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday evening for the Chairman’s Holiday Reception.

The night was a chance for members of the chamber and other guests to meet the Chamber’s 2018-19 chairwoman, Mindy Taylor.

Mike Miller, president of the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce, said the idea came from Florence City Councilwoman Pat Gibson-Hye Moore.

“I’ve gotten to know a lot of great people through the chamber board,” Miller said. “I know what’s required of the chairperson much of the success of the chamber has been a direct correlation of what Mindy has done. For her to become the chairperson of the chamber this coming year, I was delighted.”

Gibson-Hye Moore said Taylor, who is district manager for government community relations for Duke Energy, had always been a helpful servant in the Florence community.

“I’m really proud to have Mindy Taylor as the chairman for this coming year,” she said. “I often call Mindy in certain decisions and not one time has she turned me away.”

Attendees were able to network and enjoy light refreshments in a “drop-in” setting.

Taylor said she was excited about the progress and future of the chamber of commerce.

“I’m really excited to see everyone here tonight, in particular in support of the chamber of commerce,” Taylor said. “For things going on in the Florence community, the chamber is at the heart of it. I’m just one person who’s part of this team and it’s an honor to be a part of the team.”

Florence Mayor Stephen Wukela said that had also been helpful to him during his time in office.

“You find out about people under stress,” Wukela said. “The reality is, you deal with Mindy when you’re stressed. She has done a great job and continues to work in our community.”