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Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce hires new communications director

BY KAYLA ROBINS
kayla@theitem.com
Posted 12/24/19

A business advocacy group in Sumter recently hired a new director of communications.

Kimberly Bork joined the Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce after nearly two years of working with Quixote Hospitality in Sumter, which runs Sidebar, Hamptons …

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Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce hires new communications director

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A business advocacy group in Sumter recently hired a new director of communications.

Kimberly Bork joined the Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce after nearly two years of working with Quixote Hospitality in Sumter, which runs Sidebar, Hamptons and Rafters downtown. In the announcement made Wednesday, Chris Hardy, president and CEO of the Chamber, said Bork will serve as the primary point of contact for the group regarding both print and digital communications. She will also serve as the liaison to the Chamber's Education and Workforce Development Division, among other duties.

"Her experience in business along with her educational background will allow us to continue our work of telling our story as a Chamber of Commerce and community," Hardy said. "Kim will be our visual storyteller for the Chamber along with serving as the Chamber's dedicated photographer and videographer."

He said she started on Thursday.

Originally from Ohio, Bork came to Sumter in 2017 after what she thought would be a temporary move away from the cold and chilling winters of the north. Two years later, the allure of Sumter's small-town hospitality had more power than she imagined.

"As a strong advocate of continuing education, I am excited about joining the Chamber and helping them to not only promote our thriving business community, but also assisting in the continuing work the Chamber does with education and workforce development," Bork said.

Before coming to Sumter, she served as the assistant to the president of an investment group in Columbus, Ohio. She has also held other positions in operations management and website administration.

She holds a degree from Bowling Green University in computer science and has certifications in graphic design, HTML and coding.

Bork replaced Janel Strieter, who took a graphic design position at The Sumter Item.