President and CEO
Originally from the Gulf Coast of Alabama, Richard Skipper has called the Midlands home for nearly 20 years. After working the last 18 years in media advertising and marketing, he became the Chamber Executive Director in February of 2018. He was promoted to President and CEO in June of 2019.
Richard lives in Columbia, SC on Arsenal Hill with Gracie, his Springer Spaniel. He has two daughters, Hillary and Brooke, both 2015 USC graduates. He enjoys using the Midlands local trail system including the Riverwalk and Timmerman Trail. He is also a big fan of Rhythm on the River, Soda City Market, the Greek Festival and many other local food and craft beer events.
John lives in Cayce, South Carolina with his wife Pam. He is a graduate of Brookland-Cayce High School and the University of South Carolina.
John has several years of experience in sales and owns Fun Flicks Outdoor Movies of Columbia. He also works with the Historic Columbia Speedway and organizes the Tartan Day South Fesitval in April.
Director Of Operations
Cory is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and Midlands Technical College and has several years of accounting and non-profit experience.
Cory has lived in the area since 1997 and lives in West Columbia with her husband John. They have a daughter, Emma and a son, Maxx. She has a love for service and helping others and also coordinates our Ambassador group.