Five Points Association names new executive director

Tuesday marked the first day on the job for the new Five Points Association Executive Director, Kelsey Desender. She will be taking over for her predecessor of six years, Amy Beth Franks. Franks will remain an active part of the Five Points community as the new owner of the popular restaurant and market, Gourmet Shop.

Under the direction of the Five Points Association Board of Directors, Desender will be responsible for management of the office/staff, financial performance and viability, membership engagement, neighborhood-wide marketing/promotions, economic development, beautification, and safety efforts.

According to the association’s release, Desender’s unique experience and knowledge in the corporate, non-profit, and academia realms will be invaluable to ensure that Five Points remains an integral district in Columbia.

Desender is local to the Columbia area and currently lives in Chapin with her husband. She graduated from UofSC with a double-major in Business Management and Marketing. She has a background in overseeing marketing operations of companies like Spirit Communications and South State bank.

“I have spent my career striving to exceed what was expected in the office, while building a network of relationships, continually learning and giving back to the community I love,” she said. “I could not be more thrilled to have the opportunity to fuse all this together, in one role, in Columbia’s Original Village Neighborhood as the new Executive Director of the Five Points Association.

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