“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.
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.