Our Story

Originally “The Chamber of Commerce of Savannah,” the organization was founded and directed by Mr. Massey Boaz with the assistance of Mr. Bill Craddock in 1961. Mrs. Reba Sawner, the first secretary for the Chamber, recalls the two men seeing the need for business and industry development in our area.

The 1961 Chamber’s original objective and purpose stated, “The Chamber of Commerce of Savannah is organized for the purpose of advancing the commercial, industrial, civic and general interest of the City of Savannah and surrounding area.” In the beginning, they operated out of the old ice plant, Home Ice Co. at 350 Main Street, Savannah.

By 1965, the Chamber moved into the Savannah City Hall and devoted its primary efforts to industrial development to provide a stimulus and new jobs for the area economy. “The Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce” had become the working name and title, but then on October 28, 1965, the board of directors officially changed the name to “Savannah-Hardin County Chamber of Commerce” at a meeting when they formed what we know now as the Savannah Industrial Development Corporation.

In 1987, when Tom Wood took over the role as Director of the Chamber, the Chamber offices moved into the Tennessee River Museum. During the early 1990’s, the Chamber offices were located in the Shackleford building in downtown Savannah. Today, the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce is located inside the Tennessee River Museum alongside our economic development partners, the Savannah Industrial Development Corporation and Tour Hardin County.

Although the Chamber’s name and location has changed over the years, our core objective has stayed the same. Stated in the 1987 Mission Statement and reiterated today: “The Savannah/Hardin County Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary organization of business and professional men and women who have joined together for the purpose of promoting the civic and commercial progress of our community.”

Chamber Objective

Staff

DeLaney Timberman

Executive Director

Kim Gobie

Administrative Assistant

Board of Directors

Ty Jones

President

Creasy & Jones, Attorney at Law

Renae Martin

Vice President

Owner, A Southern Affair

Brent McDonald

Treasurer

Accountant, Roach Sawmill

Paige Ashe McLean

Secretary

F&M Consulting

Diane Bellis

AutoTech

Sarah Shirley

Owner, A Better Life Essential Oils

Chad Humphries

Owner, Shelter Insurance

Kevin McCasland

Central Bank

Karisten Martin

Pharmacist, Main Street Pharmacy

Former Directors & Presidents

Massey Boaz

Founder, President, and Director

1961

Noel Ashe

1962

Wesley M. Jackson

1963

James Arnold

1966

Jim Kerr

1979

J.P. Cox

1981

Tom Wood

1987

Janet Waggoner

1993

Linda Smith

2000

Diane Taylor

2000

Larry Harrell

2002

Beth Pippin

2002-2015

Marilee Harrison

2016-2017

Our Location

We are presently located inside the Tennessee River Museum, along with Tour Hardin County and SIDC.

495 Main Street
PO Box 996
Savannah, TN 38372

731-925-2363

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday: 9:00am – 4:30pm

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