Monk promoted to president of Hartsville chamber
HARTSVILLE, S.C. – The Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce has a new president.
Chamber officials announced Thursday that Murphy Monk, previously membership development coordinator for the chamber, has been named the new chamber president. She succeeds Quinetta Buterbaugh, who is leaving the chamber after four years as president to join the Darlington County School District as business engagement coordinator.
“I’m really thankful for the opportunity to call Hartsville home, and I am truly grateful to get the opportunity to work with the chamber and its members to bring our vision to light,” Monk said.
As president, Monk will lead the chamber in its mission to be a catalyst for community success through member support and advocacy, the announcement said.
Monk assumed her new role on Jan. 4 and will be working with the chamber’s board to carry out this year’s program of work.
“I would like to thank the Board of Directors for their confidence and Quinetta for her support and leadership,” Monk said. “I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to serve my community as president of the chamber, and I look forward to continue working with our membership to enhance their vision for Hartsville. The Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce is successful because of our commitment to our members’ goals, and I aim to keep that at the forefront of my decision making.”
As membership development coordinator for the chamber, Monk was responsible for member outreach and engagement and promotions and marketing for the chamber and its members.
During Monk’s two years in that role, the chamber had a 19 percent increase in membership. During that time, the chamber’s website grew from 80,000 hits a year to more than 100,000, and the chamber’s social media presence increased by 50 percent, based on Facebook “likes.”
The new chairman of the Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce board, Bobby McGee of McGee Financial Group, welcomed Monk’s promotion and said the chamber board is pleased.
“With Murphy at the helm, I believe she is going to take all the things that make our chamber great and make them better,” McGee said Thursday.
He said Monk brings excellent communication skills to the job, knows the chamber and its membership and understands the needs of chamber members.
“We’re fortunate that we had someone with her capabilities that could move into that position,” McGee said.
“We are all excited about the future of the chamber under Murphy as we seek to carry out our mission of advocacy for local business and industry.”
Buterbaugh had only praise for Monk and wished her well in her new role.
“Murphy has forged relationships and bonds with the business community and understands the true value of chamber membership,” Buterbaugh said.
“She is a dynamic, strategic leader who gives 110 percent of herself every day. It has been a delight to watch her grow professionally, and I feel positive the chamber is headed for bigger and better opportunities that will directly have an impact on our community.”
Monk enjoyed the benefit of training under a great chamber president, said Hartsville City Manager Natalie Zeigler, an ex-officio member of the chamber board.
“I am confident in her ability to continue the progress and momentum,” Zeigler said. “She has a passion for her work and is excited to help grow existing businesses as well as nurture new business ideas.”
The Greater Hartsville Chamber is fortunate to have someone of Monk’s caliber to transition into the role as president, said Darnell McPherson, executive director of Darlington County First Steps and outgoing chamber chairman.
“She and Mrs. Buterbaugh have worked tirelessly to move the chamber forward with several new and innovative strategies,” McPherson said. “Mrs. Monk was a natural choice to continue our trajectory of success as a stellar chamber organization. Our commitment to excellence continues.”
Monk’s first official public event as chamber president will come today when the chamber holds its 98th annual meeting.
The chamber announcement said the chamber will be hosting a number of new offerings that Monk has shaped, including the “On the Menu” small-business lunch and learn series, “Chamber Chat” coffee meetings to help members understand their chamber benefits and how to get the most out of membership, and an outlook forum concerning health care changes and how they will affect the business community.
A graduate of Clemson University, Monk holds a bachelor’s degree in communication studies. Before coming to the chamber in 2017, she worked in sales, marketing and management at Le Bleu of Charleston and Main Street Boutique in Mount Pleasant. She also managed business development for Tobaccoville USA Inc. for the state of Virginia.
The Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce is a membership-based business advocacy organization founded in 1910. The chamber provides a voice for local businesses, supports economic development, and promotes the vibrant and personal community that makes Hartsville appealing to businesses and residents.