Sheri Hawes- Chair

Company: Allstate- The Ellerbee Agency
Address: 155 Bankers Blvd, Suite F100, Monroe, GA 30655
Phone Number: 770-207-4780
Title: Business Development
Number of years with Company: 3.5
Hobbies: Spending time with Husband, raising our two children, spending time with family, beach
Hometown: Monroe, GA
Currently Involved In: Leadership Walton Graduate 2001, Chamber Referral Group, Volunteer at kids schools, First Baptist Monroe, Chamber Ambassador
Additional Info:
Proud to be a life long resident of Walton County and love promoting our community.

Drew Bowen

Company: Southern Traditions Landscaping
Address: 1529 Monroe Drive, Monroe, GA 30655
Phone Number: 770-853-0958
Title: Owner
Number of years with Company: 6
Hobbies: Golf, hunting, and fishing
Hometown: Monroe, GA

Christy Farmer

Company: Insuramerica
Address: 367 Athens Hwy, Blvd 900, Loganville, GA 30052
Phone Number: 678-639-4022
Title: Insurance Agent
Number of years with Company: 8
Hobbies: Family time, shopping, beach trips, concerts
Hometown: Monroe, GA
Currently Involved In: GECC, Morning Mingles

Bonnie Haynes

Company: Peach State Federal Credit Union
Address: 1505 Lakes Parkway, Lawrenceville, Ga
Phone Number: 678-518-7503
Title: Business Development Rep.
Number of years with Company: 19
Hobbies: Gardening, crafts
Hometown: Little Rock, Arkansas
Currently Involved In: DeKalb Chamber, DeKalb Rockdale Employer Committee, Lithonia Chamber - BOD, Secretary

Melanie Jackson

Company: Your Local News Inc. / Walton Living Magazine
Phone Number: 404-375-7881
Title: Co-owner/Co Publisher; Director of Marketing and Sales
Number of years with Company: 2
Hobbies: Painting, cooking, grandkids, golf, reading, music
Hometown: South Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Other Community Organizations/Chamber Committees Currently Involved In: Past President /current member Loganville Kiwanis Club, Current Chamber Ambassador - Ambassador of the year 2014, Walton County Community Emergency Response Team volunteer, Alcovy District CASA volunteer, other community volunteer work.

Debbie Jones

Company: Heritage Realty
248 N. Broad St.,, Monroe, Ga 30655

Phone Number: 678-725-3812
Title: Associate Broker
Number of years with Company: 1
Hobbies: Golf, Fishing, Traveling, Crafts, Outdoors Adventures
Hometown: Monroe, Georgia
Currently Involved In: Walton Barrow Board of  Realtor/Pres, Kiwanis, GAR Committee Chair, Center Hill Baptist Church

Additional Info: 7 time Susan G Komen 3 Day Walker, Grandma (Lovey) to two beautiful children

Eli Lussiana

Company: Peach State  Publications
Address: 120 2nd Street, Suite 205, Monroe, GA 30655
Phone Number: 404-434-4188
Title: Co-Owner
Number of years with Company: 2.5 years
Hobbies: Family (2 kids), traveling, craft beer
Currently Involved In:
Leadership Walton Alumni Association Board Member, Chamber Marketing Committee

Johhny Martin

Company: Athens First Bank & Trust
Address: 140 East Washington Street, Monroe, GA 30655
Phone Number: 770-207-7002
Title: P & E Banker
Number of years with Company: 7
Hobbies: Fellowship at First Baptist Church, hunting, fishing, and spending time with family & friends
Hometown: Statesboro, GA
Currently Involved In: Chamber Referral Group, First Baptist Church, Chamber Ambassador

Mindy Maynard

Company: RE/MAX Preferred - Mindy Maynard
Address: 3910 Highway 81 SW, Loganville, GA 30052
Phone Number: (770) 466-7653
Title: Realtor
Number of years with Company: 1 year
Hobbies: Watching college football, singing any chance I get, and watching my two boys play sports
Hometown: Stillwater, Oklahoma
Currently Involved In: President of MAHS Football Booster Club, Board of Directors Project Renewal, Leadership Walton Alumni 2016, President of MAHS Takedown Club

Blake Peters

Company: Monroe- Walton County Library
Address: 217 West Spring Street, Monroe, GA 30655
Phone Number: 770-267-4630
Title: Library Manager
Number of years with Company: 2
Hobbies: Reading, running, movies, music, food, and history

Dee Rutledge

Company: Newton Federal Bank
Address: 3175 Highway 278 NE Covington, GA 30014
Phone Number: 770-385-3589
Title: Vice President, Commercial Lender
Number of years with Company: 6 months
Hobbies: Spending time with my children and family, reading and traveling
Hometown: Covington, GA
Currently Involved In: Young Professionals of Newton County

Sandra Shurling

Company: Georgia Realty Finder
Address: 116 W Spring Street, Monroe, GA 30655
Phone: 404-643-7324
Title: Broker Owner
Number of years with the company: 3
Hobbies: Walking, yoga
Hometown: Monroe, GA
Involved in: VP Historical Society of Walton County, Chair Monroe Walton County Library, Trustee Uncle Remus, Jr League Sustainer, Art Guild member & yoga instructor, 2 mile sponsor for Keep Walton Beautiful, Walton Proud Certified Realtor, AAAR active member

Hollie Towles

Company: Legacy State Bank
Address: 3825 Harrison Road, Loganville, GA 30052
Phone: 404-643-7324
Title: Branch Manager
Number of years with the company: 4
Hobbies: Reading, playing with my kids, watching Braves games and Georgia games
Hometown: Conyers, GA

Jocelyn Wykoff

Company: Athens Orthopedic Clinic
Address: 1553 Janmar Road, Snellville, GA 30078
Phone: 706-286-7308
Title: Physician & Community Liaison
Number of years with the company: 5
Hobbies: Kids, daughter's travel softball, running
Hometown: Austin, TX
Involved in: GLOW- Gwinnett County
Additional Info: Love my job! Love our doctors! I live in Social Circle, I'm married with two kids, 5 dogs (labs), tons of chickens and two piggies!

Ambassador Program


The Ambassador’s annual goal is to increase the retention rate of new and existing members by conducting a program of goodwill member contacts:  Reinforcing the benefits of Chamber membership, increasing members’ knowledge about programs and services of the Walton County Chamber of Commerce, and keeping the channels of communications open between the membership and the Chamber’s Board of Directors.


  • A group of knowledgeable volunteers serving in a year-round effort as the customer service representatives of the Walton County Chamber of Commerce, and acting as a conduit between the Chamber and its existing and new members.
  • Ambassadors aid the Chamber with membership retention by making a personal call to assigned members and maintaining communication with them throughout the year via phone calls, email, visits, etc.  Ambassadors encourage members to become involved in the Chamber, and assist members in learning more about the Chamber.  It is important for the Ambassador to be familiar with the 2017 Business Plan. Ambassadors will inform and receive feedback on Chamber activities and programs.
  • Additional activities include serving, participating, attending and volunteering at various meetings and events such as Ribbon Cuttings, Coffee Connections, Annual Golf Tournament, Casino Night & Auction, Business & Community Expo and Annual Meeting.


The Ambassadors are exclusively limited to men and women whose companies are members in good standing of the Walton County Chamber of Commerce.

The candidate’s current position should involve significant sales, public relations or equivalent public exposure, and allow freedom to devote time necessary to contribute to and participate actively in Ambassador goals and activities.


  • Enhanced career development/networking
  • Increased exposure for your business
  • Expanded base of contacts and clients
  • Recognition for you and your firm


The following are activities that must be met and maintained to retain active Ambassador program participation.

  • Attendance at Ambassador Monthly Meetings
  • Commitment to contact the assigned members each month
  • Maintain communication with assigned members throughout the year
  • Mentor new members as assigned
  • Recruit/Refer new members
  • Represent yourself as a Chamber Ambassador Volunteer
  • Assist in membership renewals and retention
  • Wear name badge furnished by the chamber for identification as a Chamber Ambassador Volunteer
  • Participate in Chamber activities
  • Complete monthly point sheet and return to the chamber office by the 5th (or next business day) of the following month


  • All ambassadors will serve a 2 year term, replaced only by written resignation or inactivity in the Walton County Chamber of Commerce.
  • Once a term ends or a resignation accepted, he/she will be replaced from a list of members who have expressed interest in becoming a member of the Chamber Ambassadors.
  • The Ambassador meetings shall be kept confidential.
  • An Ambassador does not have the authority to speak on the Chamber’s behalf regarding any issues.