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Lisa Baker named small business director
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Lisa Baker will be the new face of small business in Newton County, following her hiring as the chamber's small business director.

Baker, 31, was most recently a financial adviser at Edward Jones, where she managed $12 million worth of business. She also previously worked for Regions Bank, Wachovia Bank and Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Savannah.

Baker received a bachelor's degree from the University of Tennessee, where she majored in recreation and tourism.
She has lived in Newton County for much of her life and is the daughter of local attorney Mathew Ledbetter.

Chamber President Hunter Hall said Baker was hired because of her sales background and organizational skills.

"She hit her goals and understands how to build relationship that resulted in win-win situations," Hall said. "From a personality standpoint, she's very easy to talk to and get along with. She's very funny but has an appropriate sense of humor."

Baker will start Monday and will be in charge of member retention and recruitment.

"I want to work to better the community. I love Covington and want to stay here, but I want to see good growth come in," Baker said. "I have a 4-year-old, so I want to see good business and I want to have my hand in that pot."

Hall said he was impressed with her initiative and proactive attitude.

"Her sales experience, professionalism, her relationship skills and her local knowledge and network in Newton County will be essential in helping us grow the chamber to accomplish its mission and goals," Hall said. "More than anybody, she will be the mouth and face for the vast majority of our chamber members."