Saying she is “humbled by and proud” of the work the chamber does to aid member businesses, Hall joined the organization after working for Mohawk at its Calhoun facility. As a longtime Bartow resident, Hall is looking forward to becoming more involved in the community where she now works.
Name: Kathy Gallant Hall
Occupation: Executive Assistant and CFO, Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
Family: Husband, Steve Hall; dog, Molly; cat, Tux
Education: Dalton High School, Bachelor of Science in Math — North Georgia College, MBA — Brenau University
What attracted you to the executive assistant and CFO position with the chamber of commerce?
A: I’ve always wanted to give back to the community and work in Bartow County. I worked in corporate America for over 20 years, and although the pay and benefits of a large corporation are great, the benefits of helping others in this job far outweigh them.
You were previously the senior manager of customer service for Mohawk in Calhoun. What was your experience moving from a corporation to the non-profit, public-oriented organization?
A: In a corporation, decisions are typically made based on bottom line results. Here at the chamber, decisions are made based on service to our members and to the community. Also, in a corporation, the customer is defined. At the chamber, everyone is our customer.
Since you began working with the chamber, what have you learned about the Bartow County business community?
A: I’ve always thought of Cartersville as a small, quaint town. Although that is true, the Bartow County business community is set to explode within the state of Georgia. It is very exciting to be a part of this expansion and excitement.
What would you say is the single largest benefit the chamber offers to its members?
A: The benefits are numerous, so choosing only one is difficult. The chamber touches an average of 550 people every month face-to-face and over 12,000 with social media. I am humbled by and proud of the amount of work the chamber does to support its members. We provide networking opportunities, educational seminars, social activities and forums around specific topics of interest to our members and are open to suggestions on how we can promote Bartow County even further. We invite members of the business community to stop by and talk to us about their needs.
Are you active in the Bartow community outside of your work at the chamber?
A: Because I’ve worked outside Cartersville for 15-plus years, I’m not as involved as I’d like to be. I plan to become much more involved now that I’m working locally. My husband and I are members of Sam Jones Memorial United Methodist Church and the Cartersville Country Club, where he served on the board of directors for three years. I also play ALTA tennis locally.
If you had a dream job, what would it be?
A: There is no doubt here. I would love to teach math after I “retire.” I love the subject matter and love to see the “I get it” look on a kid’s face.
What is your greatest achievement?
A: Talking Steve Hall into marrying me.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
A: Most people would be surprised to know that I taught trigonometry, statistics and calculus for Clemson University during the year they won the national football championship. Go Tigers!
Do you have a personal motto?
A: I believe we are all responsible for our own happiness and that no one else can make that choice for us.
If you were to write your autobiography or memoirs, what would the title be?
A: Being Fabulous