Mike Gaymon, GACCE
Mike Gaymon is a native of South Carolina. After teaching in public schools and serving as the Admissions Director and Head Basketball Coach at Chesterfield Marlboro College, he began his Chamber career in 1976. Since then Mike has served as the President of Chambers in North Carolina, Alabama, and Georgia. He retired from the Greater Columbus Chamber in November of 2014 after more than 26 years as their President and CEO. He is currently President and CEO of Attitude Plus, a leadership and motivational development company.
Mike has been selected by his peers as the Georgia Chamber Executive of the Year, Georgia Tech’s Top Presenter for its Economic Development Course, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s top five national presenters, and is one of the first Certified Chamber Executives of the Georgia Association of Chambers of Commerce. He is the only Chamber Executive to have been selected to lead the State Chamber Associations in both Alabama and Georgia.
Mike was selected as one of the top 100 Influential Georgians by Georgia Trend in 2007. From 2009 through 2014 he was also named as one of the Most Notables by Georgia Trend. He is a graduate of Leadership Georgia and was a previous Program Co-Chair. He was instrumental in the founding of the Young Professionals Leadership Program in Columbus with over 750 members and is recognized as one of the best programs of its kind in the Southeast.
Mike has taught courses at Auburn University, University of Oklahoma, University of Delaware and University of Georgia. In addition, he has served on many boards of numerous organizations and chaired many of them. Mike has also been featured as a key note speaker and presenter at numerous Chamber of Commerce and other organizations’ annual meetings. Some of his other clients include the Georgia Department of Corrections, the Department of Labor, hospitals, and businesses.
Mike graduated from Erskine College in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree. Mike is also a graduate of the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Organizational Management where he served as the Regents Chair for the Georgia Institute.
Mike is married to Sheila and they have five children and five grandchildren. They currently live in Columbus, Georgia.