Updated June 18, 2019

After nearly a decade without a director, the Greater Ardmore Chamber of Commerce has announced Yolandia Eubanks as its leader.

Eubanks, who started the position Monday, is an Ardmore native and the first paid director of the Chamber since 2011.

“My goal here is to support our local businesses, increase the economy and make people aware of the great things going on here,” Eubanks said.

A graduate of Ardmore High School, Eubanks left Ardmore to attend the University of Alabama, where she earned a bachelor's degree in business education.

After retiring from a university position and moving back to Ardmore last year, Eubanks began attending each Chamber meeting to stay involved in the community.

She also works with local schools to familiarize herself with area students, teachers and parents. Being able to continue volunteering with the schools is one reason why Eubanks agreed to be director only on a part-time basis. However, she has full-time plans for the job. Eubanks said she wants to boost communication between businesses and implement a way for businesses to communicate job openings with those interested in working in Ardmore.

The Greater Ardmore Chamber of Commerce will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, July 8.

Eubanks said the Chamber normally meets on the first Monday of each month,  but agreed to meet on the second Monday in July due to the Fourth of July holiday.