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Rome Floyd: Chamber Staff

Meet the Rome Floyd Chamber Staff.

Pam Powers-Smith


Pam Powers-Smith is the President of the Rome Floyd Chamber of Commerce after serving as Director of Business and Industry when moving to Georgia in 2020. She has served several years in Alabama in a variety of roles including Chamber work, Downtown Development, Tourism and projects with Auburn University. She has served on countless nonprofit boards and stays active in professional organizations. She has Public Relations, Political Science and Business degrees from Auburn University and is committed to promoting the city of Rome and Floyd County as a great place to live, work and play. She is a dessert enthusiast, house plant executioner and is also one of tell you about her Great Pyrenees, Bull, if only you will ask.

A few areas of Pam’s work at the Chamber:
• Community partnerships
• Strategic planning
• Day to day operations
• Oversight of all programming
• Legislative advocacy

Amber West

Director of Communications

Amber West has been with the Rome Floyd Chamber for six years, serving as Communications Coordinator and Director of Communications. She graduated from Armuchee High School in 2011. She then continued her education, receiving an A.A. in Communication at Georgia Highlands College and B.S. in Communication at Kennesaw State University. During and after College, Amber worked for a boutique public relations firm in Atlanta as an Account Manager before beginning her career with the Rome Floyd Chamber. Amber is a graduate of Leadership Rome, Class 35, and serves on Keep Rome Floyd Beautiful - Great American Cleanup Committee. Amber and her husband, Lance, reside in the Armuchee community with their one-year-old son Hudson.

A few areas of Amber’s work at the Chamber:
• Young Professionals
• Social Media
• Website Management
• Marketing

Eric Collins

Director of Programs

Eric Collins is the Director of Programs with the Rome Floyd Chamber. Eric is from Rome and has a passion for adding value to others and views this passion as a daily influence to serve his community. Eric graduated from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Va., in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science degree. Eric is an adept force in the workplace and uses his positive attitude and diligent energy to encourage others to be their greatest and succeed. Eric is inspired daily by his wife, LaDonna, and their son Parker. Eric likes to read, hang out with his wife, and play video games with his son.

A few areas of Eric’s work at the Chamber:
• Leadership Rome
• Nonprofits
• Minority Businesses
• Emerge (High School Leadership Rome)

Alex Williams

Director of Workforce

Alex Williams was born and raised in Atlanta. He attended Riverwood International Charter School in Sandy Springs. Williams is a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy Leadership from the Trent Lott Leadership Institute and two minors in History and Intelligence & Security Studies. Williams has experience in economic development, legislative affairs, and political campaigns. Alex was previously based in Jackson, Mississippi where he worked for the Mississippi Development Authority (the state’s economic development agency) during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic (while his wife completed Medical School). He served as a legislative liaison for the agency and managed various CARES Act grant programs, including a $240 million program to support small businesses. His wife, Hannah, is a current resident at Atrium Health Floyd.

A few areas of Alex’s work at the Chamber:
• Greater Rome Existing Industries Association
• Education
• Governmental Affairs
• Workforce

Karley Parker

Director of Membership

Karley Parker is the new Director of Membership. She is delighted to come to the Chamber where she will be recruiting new businesses as well managing engagement and retention efforts for the Chamber. She graduated from Darlington in 2016. She then continued her education at Auburn University, receiving her bachelor's degree in Communications and a minor in Business. During college, she interned with an Alabama Chamber of Commerce. Following her graduation, Karley worked with a telecommunications company and in retail.

A few areas of Karley’s work at the Chamber:
• Membership
• Member Programming
• Member Events
• Connector Between Members

Mari Rico Evans

Office Manager & Bookkeeper

Mari Rico Evans is the Office Manager and Bookkeeper at the Rome Floyd Chamber. She joined the Chamber staff in August of 2021. Before joining the Chamber, she worked as a Team Leader at a major grocery chain in Kennesaw, GA for several years. During her time there, her responsibilities included recruitment and payroll. Mari was born and raised in Rome, Ga. She graduated from Rome High School and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Kennesaw State University. When Mari is not at the Chamber, she enjoys taking photographs with her husband, Dillon Evans, going on a good hike, and watering her hundreds of plant babies.

A few areas of Mari’s work at the Chamber:
• Billing
• Vendor Relations
• Member Relations
• Resource Provider