The Fayette County Chamber of Commerce announced Friday it has hired economic development veteran Carlotta Ungaro as the organization’s new president and chief executive officer, replacing Virginia Gibbs, who retired in December after ten years with the chamber.
Ungaro, originally from Ellaville just north of Americus, is currently president of the Morrisville Chamber of Commerce in North Carolina where she has served since 2011. Prior to Morrisville, Ungaro was president of the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce in coastal South Carolina.
According to a press release, Ungaro also has economic development experience in Georgia, having worked with Metro Augusta Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Department of Economic Development and Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.
Ungaro has just a tiny bit of experience living in Fayette County as well. She says she lived in Fayetteville for about a month around 15 years ago when she had just married her husband Maurice, who at the time worked for Fayetteville’s Planning and Zoning Department. After they were married, she says they moved to a house in Fairburn.
“Carlotta’s accomplishments during her tenure at the Morrisville and Beaufort chambers exemplifify her strong leadership ability,” said 2014 Fayette County Chamber of Commerce Board Chairman Michael Burnett. “Her background and experience demonstrate her ability to be a strong advocate for Fayette business. Her connections throughout the State of Georgia will help continue to position Fayette County as an important player in regional and state economic development.
Ungaro says two major selling points for Fayette County that already come to mind are its public school system and the fact that Pinewood Atlanta Studios has set up shop in the community.
“Fayette County is a great place to be,” Ungaro said in a Friday afternoon telephone interview. “I’m looking forward to working there.”
Ungaro said she will continue working through January in Morrisville, though she will participate in the Jan. 16 Fayette County Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon. She will take up her new post full-time beginning Feb. 9.
Fortunately for the Ungaros, Maurice will also be able to immediately relocate to Fayette as well, as his work with a Winston-Salem-based bicycle touring company allows him to work remotely.
“I am excited about the skills, experience and leadership that Carlotta will be bringing to our chamber,” said Greg Detwiler, the chamber’s 2015 board chairman. “We are well positioned today, and her chamber, economic and policy development experience, along with her business background, make her the perfect fit to take us forward.
“We fully anticipate that she will continue the chamber’s growth and positive influence in the community that we have experienced in the last few years,” Detwiler said.