Former Controller of Wilbur Smith Joins Columbia Chamber

Artie Hughes, who retired from Wilbur Smith Associates after 10 years of service, is the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce‘s new controller.

“We are excited about this new addition to the Chamber staff,” said Ike McLeese, president and CEO of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce. “Artie’s knowledge and impressive work experience will be an asset in helping the organization reach and maintain its fiscal goals.”

As the chamber’s chief accounting executive, Hughes, who is a certified public accountant, will be responsible for all of the organization’s accounting functions, including the monthly financial closings for the Columbia Chamber and its affiliates.

Hughes previously held positions at Atlantic Wood Industries, Inc., KEMIRA, Inc., Brewin, Boswell and James CPAs and Price Waterhouse.

An active member of the Midlands community, Hughes currently serves on the board of directors for the South Carolina Philharmonic and previously served as president of the Columbia Chapter of Institute of Management Accountants. He was a member of the Board of Trustees for the St. Andrew’s School in Savannah, Ga., as well as a member of the Board of Directors for the Savannah Girl Scout Council. Hughes also was an adjunct professor at South University teaching accounting and finance.

Hughes received his Bachelor of Science in business administration from Charleston Southern University and Master of Accountancy from the University of South Carolina.

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