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Chamber hires director of member services
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Genese L. Baker - photo by Photo provided.
The Liberty County Chamber of Commerce is expanding its membership and staff. The chamber recently hired Genese L. Baker, a Liberty County native, as director of membership and programs.
“It is actually this growth that attributed to the creation of this position,” said chamber Executive Director Kenny Smiley. “Not only is our area seeing growth and the potential for even more, so is your chamber. The chamber has reached a point where it cannot continue to grow its membership and programs without increasing the amount of staff needed to accomplish its goals and aggressive program of work.”  
Danny Creasy, chairman of the chamber’s board of directors, said, “The director of membership will be able to visit and interact with existing members more frequently and will also bring in new members as to provide a larger network of business contacts for the chamber’s membership.  Genese is the perfect candidate for this position as she is a local, vibrant talent with a lot of energy and a passion for interacting with people.”
Baker will be responsible for current and potential chamber membership and many member-support programs and events. She will also revive and revamp the chamber’s ambassador program, a volunteer program designed to reach out to members.
Baker will head up new member orientations and co-chair some special events.  
“As the director of membership and programs, it is my desire to strengthen the chamber’s role as the voice of business in Liberty County and continually increase the value of our membership,” Baker said. “It is essential for our local businesses to get involved and support each other so we are successful in our efforts to improve our community and be a more thriving and vibrant city. The Liberty County Chamber is especially fortunate to have a solid core of members whose levels of investment and support of our programs make them true pillars of this organization.”
Baker attended Liberty County public schools and graduated in 1998 from Liberty County High School. She earned a bachelor’s of science in business management from Albany State University. While attending ASU, Baker was a member of the fast-pitch softball team and was the first female to receive a fast-pitch softball scholarship in Liberty County. She was also involved in ASU’s marketing club, the Business Leadership Connection Club and the Delta Rho Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. In 2003, Baker also studied in South Africa. She lived in Pretoria and Cape Town.
Baker lives in Hinesville and is a member of the Live Oak Church of God. She is a member of the Hinesville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and currently serves as chairwoman for Delta G.E.M.S., a mentoring program for high school girls.
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