Monday, November 19, 2018
From all of us at the Oconee Chamber, we hope that you and your family have a safe and very happy Thanksgiving holiday!
Upcoming Events
December 1: Watkinsville Christmas Parade, Downtown Watkinsville, 11:00 a.m.
*The Chamber will be walking the parade. Please e-mail or call us if you'd like to join us.
December 5: HOLIDAY A.M. EXCHANGE, 7:45 a.m.
December 6: Network Lunch, Dominick's, 11:30 a.m., LIMITED SEATING
December 13: 8:00 Coffee, BankSouth


*For more events, please click here
December 5, 2018
7:45 a.m.

Oconee Chamber
55 Nancy Dr.
Watkinsville, GA 30677
This event has limited seating so please register early. You may select one of three lunch options.
Network Lunch
December 6, 2018
11:30 a.m.

1430 Capital Ave.
Watkinsville, GA 30677
8:00 Coffee
December 13, 2018
8:00 a.m.

7911 Macon Hwy.
Watkinsville, GA 30677
We are pleased to announce that our giving tree, placed at the Chamber annually by the Oconee Area Resource Council, is now on display in our lobby. You have the opportunity to bring joy to a child or family this holiday season by taking a tag off of the tree and purchasing the requested item(s). All donations need to be brought back to the Chamber by the date listed on the tag (either December 3rd or 7th). Thank you for your support!
As we approach the holiday season, we are reminded of those who have fought a battle with cancer. Cancer is a disease that is unbiased. It knows no sex, no religion, no personality, no fairness, and no color. The luminaria ceremony is an opportunity for all of us to come together and remember why we are fighting. It’s a time for us to reflect how the disease has touched us personally and it is a time for us to look inside ourselves with quiet reflection to find hope.

This year Relay For Life of Oconee County is partnering with Downtown Watkinsville to honor those affected by cancer at Watkinsville’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting. Our goal is to light up main street to let patients and their families know they are not alone, memorialize loved ones lost, and show that Oconee County is in the fight against cancer together. Each bag represents a treasured relationship. They represent people, each with a name and story to tell. 

Please join us on November 30, 2018 , and purchase a luminaria in honor or memory of your loved one. Luminarias can be purchased online at or at the Oconee Chamber for $10 each. 

We hope to see you at Light Up Main Street on November 30 th in Downtown Watkinsville and at Relay For Life of Oconee County on April 26 th , 2019 at Oconee County Middle School. 

Until there is a cure,

Relay For Life of Oconee County
Event Leadership Team
The Oconee Area Resource Council wreath fundraiser is officially on! Click the link below to purchase one via Paypal. Wreath pickup with be December 1 at the Chamber or December 3 at Oconee Area Resource Council headquarters.
LAD Records Management Adds Hard Drive Shredding,
Acquires Competitor

New Service Vital to Local Businesses Seeking to Protect Corporate and
Customer Data

WATKINSVILLE, GA. (Nov. 19, 2018) — After years of education, consumers and businesses have finally gotten the message: it is vital to secure and destroy important documents to prevent identity theft. But according to many experts, businesses and individuals aren’t taking enough precautions when disposing of computers, creating opportunities for hackers to steal vital personal, customer or corporate data when aging machines are thrown away. 

Local business LAD Records Management seeks to address this business gap by being the first local company to offer data and hard drive destruction services. The company has grown into one of the region’s leading document and record management, storage and destruction companies since opening its doors in early 2015. 

“Our goal is simple: to help our clients store and protect information that is vital to their business and customers,” said LAD Vice President Dutch Guest. “Being able to guarantee destruction of data with a hard drive shredder is one of the most important ways companies can protect their own interests and their clients’ identities.”

LAD Records Management is headquartered in Watkinsville but serves clients across the region. The company also recently acquired the document management business of Eagle Document Management, growing its footprint into the metro Atlanta area. Guest expects the company to continue broadening its customer base.

“Athens, Northeast Georgia, Gwinnett County and all of Metro Atlanta are hubs for technology-driven businesses as well as professional service businesses that store a tremendous amount of confidential data,” said Weston Kiley, manager of LAD Records Management. “We have a relentless focus on customer service and are constantly upgrading our software and systems to allow customers to view an inventory of all documents we store along with certified records of the documents and data we have destroyed.”

LAD Records Management is one of the company’s four divisions; the others are LAD Truck Lines, LAD Logistics and LAD Warehousing & Distribution. In addition to hard drive destruction, the company offers scanning, bulk shredding, residential shredding, and office shredding as well as record storage and warehousing in a 24/7 secured environment that is monitored by closed-circuit cameras.

About LAD Truck Lines
LAD Truck Lines is a locally-owned, full-service transportation solutions service founded in 1997 by former UGA football player Mack Guest. Alongside his brother Judson and son Dutch, Mack Guest leads a team of more than 25 employees at its warehouse and logistics center in Watkinsville, Ga. For more information, visit .

CONTACT: Dutch Guest | LAD Records Management and LAD Truck Lines,
Vice President, 706-769-4048 x 208 |

Board of Directors

Andrew Wallace, Chops & Hops
Anna Gillespie, University of North Georgia
Brad Tucker, Georgia Square Collision
Cindy Haddon, Walton EMC
Clint Watson, Creed Fitness
Cristi Donahue, Oconee State Bank
David Walton, Fox's Pizza
Lorie Petersen, BankSouth
Mychell Lang, Mutty Paws
Nathan Bartlett, Georgia Power
Ronda Holloway, Ronda Holloway CPA, PC
Stuart Cofer, Cofer's Home & Garden
Tammy Gilland, Piedmont Athens Regional
William Rennie, Law Office of Russell W. Wall, LLC.

Associate Board of Directors

Dr. Jason Branch, School Superintendent
John Thorsen, Athens Academy
Jared Clark, Westminster Christian Academy
Seth Hathaway, Prince Avenue Christian School
Chamber Executive Board

Chairman of the Board
Clint Watson, Creed Fitness

Chair Elect
Tammy Gilland, Piedmont Athens Regional

Ronda Holloway, Ronda Holloway CPA, PC

Cristi Donahue, Oconee State Bank

At Large
Stuart Cofer, Cofer's Home & Garden

Past Chair
Cindy Haddon, Walton EMC

Chamber President
Courtney Bernardi
Oconee Chamber of Commerce
55 Nancy Drive
Watkinsville, GA 30677
(706) 769-7947