Allen Smith was born and raised in Greenville, NC. After graduating from East Carolina University with a Bachelors of Science in Political Science, Smith was appointed to serve as Town Clerk for the Town of Bethel, NC. After working in local government for a couple years, Smith was hired as Vice President of Operations for the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce. He was then promoted to Senior Vice President. In 2010, Smith was hired as the President/CEO of the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce. With the support of a professional staff and devoted volunteer leadership, the Chamber grew financially and in overall membership growth. On June 16, 2014, Smith was named the President/CEO of the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce – the only organization in South Carolina in which the chamber, economic development and tourism entities co-exist under one umbrella. In January 2017, the Chamber, through the leadership of a 52 member steering committee, launched a five year, comprehensive community and economic development strategy entitled “OneSpartanburg”. The $4.5 million effort has enhanced, augmented and accelerated much of the transformative work currently underway in the Spartanburg community. In September, 2020 the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce launched a rebrand to represent it’s collective and strategic plan. Allen is now the President/CEO of OneSpartanburg, Inc. OneSpartanburg, Inc.’s mission is to build a vibrant Spartanburg through business, economic and tourism development. Whether you’re looking for business resources, economic expertise, community leadership or tourism information, OneSpartanburg, Inc. is where you’ll find it. Given Spartanburg’s recent accolades as a statewide leader in education, healthcare, culture and economic development, Smith, his wife Jenni, and their two daughters, Eloise, and Mary Barrett are excited about what’s to come and are incredibly proud to call Spartanburg home.