Congaree Vista Guild representatives announced that the organization has hired a new executive director. The non-profit, membership-based group made up of restaurants, hotels, businesses, galleries and homeowners in Columbia’s Vista, will now be run by Abby Naas.

Naas comes to the Vista Guild from the Columbia Fireflies baseball team, where she was vice president of marketing and public relations. She was recognized in her former position as the 2017 South Atlantic League Female Executive of the Year.

“I am very excited to join the Vista family. I can’t wait to get to know the membership and business owners from the district. I have grown so fond of Columbia and can’t wait to be part of the growth of the area and assist members in every way possible,” said Naas.

She holds a B.S. in business management with a concentration in sport management from Florida Gulf Coast University. Naas is currently serving as president of Columbia Capital Rotary and is a Columbia Opportunity Resource (COR) board member as well as a member of the Junior League of Columbia.

“We are proud to have Abby lead the Vista Guild as our executive director in this time of unprecedented growth for the neighborhood and Columbia,” said Merritt McNeely, president of the Congaree Vista Guild’s board of directors. “We’re looking forward to having her significant experience and leadership as the Vista Guild focuses on smart growth that will benefit our district and the city.”

More information about the Congaree Vista Guild can be found at, and Congaree Vista Guild’s Facebook.

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