PRESS RELEASE: Courtney Rawlins Named Executive Director of the Greater Pooler Area Chamber of Commerce

April 28, 2022

Pooler Chamber of Commerce New Executive Director Courtney Rawlins

Courtney Rawlins Named Executive Director of the Greater Pooler Area Chamber of Commerce

POOLER, GA (April 28, 2022) — The Greater Pooler Area Chamber of Commerce has named Courtney Rawlins as its new executive director, effective Monday, May 2, 2022.

“It is an honor to be selected for this position,” explained Rawlins. “I am looking forward to working alongside the Chamber staff, board of directors and city officials toward our shared goal of promoting tourism and highlighting Pooler’s thriving business community.”

A longtime Pooler resident, Rawlins was most recently director of operations at Stafford Media Group. She has also held several noteworthy positions in local organizations, including Buy Local Savannah president from 2020–2021, Greater Pooler Area Chamber of Commerce board member from 2020–2022, EmployAbility board member in 2019 and the Pooler Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Council co-chair from 2018–2019. Rawlins’ service to the community has earned her recognition as the 2019 Buy Local Savannah Advocate of the Year and 2017 Pooler Chamber of Commerce Ambassador of the Year.

Rawlins will succeed Pam Southard, who has served as executive director of the Chamber since 2012, and who guided the organization during a period of remarkable growth and expansion.

“First, I want to say what a pleasure it has been to lead this chamber,” said Southard. “The entire staff has pulled together and not only grown the membership, but presented events for Pooler residents, businesses and our tourists that have shown Pooler is a destination city and one they can be proud and happy to visit.”

Continued Southard, “I want to congratulate Courtney Rawlins on her appointment as the new executive director for the Greater Pooler Area Chamber of Commerce. Courtney will come into this position with positive, fresh ideas to continue to grow the chamber and support the business community and the tourism industry. I am proud to ‘pass the torch’ to Courtney. And I know the chamber will be even stronger under her leadership.”

A special meet-and-greet event with Rawlins is being planned for June 2022, with more details to follow.

About Pooler Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Pooler Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau is an organization of community-focused leaders whose mission is to promote Pooler as a tourist destination and to promote a positive business environment by supporting economic development through networking, teamwork and innovative thinking. The organization is dedicated to aggressively marketing Pooler’s assets, maximizing economic impact while providing excellent visitors services. Visit for more information.