Retired Columbus chamber chief to speak at luncheon

May 14, 2015

F. Michael GaymonThe former president and CEO of the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce will be the featured speaker at the annual Business and Community Leaders Luncheon at noon May 21 at Del’avant.

F. Michael Gaymon retired in 2014 after serving 26 years at the helm of the Columbus chamber. The award-winning executive and speaker is a native of South Carolina and a graduate of Erskine College in Due West, S.C.

During his time in Columbus, Gaymon spearheaded the Need for Land project between Fort Benning and Columbus that resulted in land for the Muscogee Technology Park. He oversaw the chamber’s Riverfront Committee, helping lay the foundation for development that included the Riverwalk. Other initiatives he helped direct include the Valley Partnership, one of the most successful regional economic development organizations, and the Young Professionals Program, which has more than 650 members representing more than 200 companies.

Under his leadership, the Columbus organization became the first five-star chamber in Georgia in 2006 and one of only 27 in the nation. Gaymon has been named the Georgia Chamber Executive of the Year, and one of the 100 Top Influential Georgians by Georgia Trend, among numerous other honors and distinctions.

Reservations for the luncheon, sponsored by the college’s Leadership Council, can be made online at The first registration from a business or organization is free, while additional registrations are $10 per person. Corporate tables are available upon request.

For more information, contact Laura Faulkner at or by calling (706) 880-8039.

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