AMA Charleston Announces New 2018 – 2019 Board of Directors

2018 - 2019 AMA Charleston board members from left: Gillian Mechling, Andrew Smilak, Callie Hitchcock, Katie Biondo, Kelly Nelson, Heather Van Lin, Maggie Mills, Charlotte Woodward (not pictured: Nick Vlattas, Rachel Cook & Kathleen Pratt). Image courtesy Stan Foxworthy/Foxworthy Studios, Inc.

AMA Charleston Announces New Board

The Charleston chapter of the American Marketing Association proudly announces its new 2018 – 2019 board of directors. The chapter recently held its annual board retreat to onboard its newest directors. The freshly appointed board includes:
President – Maggie Mills
President-Elect – Katie Biondo​
Immediate Past President - Kelly Nelson
Secretary - Nick Vlattas
Treasurer - Andrew Smilak
Executive Director - Gillian Mechling
Director of Programming - Heather Van Lin
Director of Membership – Kathleen Pratt
Director of Marketing and Communications - Callie Hitchcock
Director of Special Interest Groups - Charlotte Woodward
Director of Special Events - Rachel Cook

The selected members will serve on the AMA Charleston board from July 2018 through June 2019. AMA Charleston holds regular events including monthly luncheons and “coffee talks” that serve as networking and professional development opportunities for those in attendance. Incoming President Maggie Mills is ready to lead the chapter into a new year with a focus on increasing member engagement.

Mills says, “Membership is valuable for marketing professionals as well as people who are new to the area or new to their career.” She adds, “The networking opportunities, especially as a volunteer, provide an opportunity to connect with other people in the field in an immediate and meaningful way.”

“Our goal this year is to broadcast to the Charleston business community that AMA Charleston isn’t just for marketers,” Mills says. “AMA Charleston offers training for all those who could use some marketing savvy: startups, entrepreneurs, and anyone using social media for business. If you have an organization to promote, AMA Charleston has valuable strategies to share,” adds Mills. AMA Charleston prides itself as a way to quickly and succinctly provide learning opportunities to anyone who wishes to participate. Those who invest in a membership receive a year’s worth of continuing education for less than the average cost of one seminar or conference. To find out more about the benefits of AMA membership, visit the Charleston chapter’s website at

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