Barbara Willm Appointed Chamber of Commerce Chair

Barbara Willm

Barbara Willm, vice president of Community Relations at Lexington Medical Center, is the new chair of the Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce. Willm began the one-year term this month after her appointment by chamber board members.

Barbara Willm has worked at Lexington Medical Center for 25 years, beginning as an Operating Room nurse. She has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of South Carolina. During her career, Willm helped to open Lexington Medical Center’s six community medical centers and has played a vital leadership role speaking about hospital programs and services throughout Lexington County in her capacity as Vice President of Community Relations.

As chair of the Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce, Willm’s responsibilities will include presiding over meetings, attending functions and participating in a coalition of chambers across the Midlands region. She has served as a chamber board member since 2008, taking on the jobs of both treasurer and chair-elect before becoming chair.

“I’m looking forward to working with such a great group of business leaders,” Willm said. “There is so much opportunity in the Greater Lexington community for positive growth.”

Her goals during her tenure are to help fundraising for the chamber’s move to a new location on Main Street in Lexington, emphasize the value of chamber membership and increase regional and economic development.

“She has as much experience leading organizations, particularly community groups and chambers, as anyone,” says Randy Halfacre, president and CEO of the Greater Lexington Chamber and Visitors Center. “She’s well prepared to take on the challenge of our Focus on the Future capital fundraising campaign to relocate our chamber to Main Street in the coming year.”

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