Get To Know Barbara..
Barbara Andersen is the Executive Director of the Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce. Although she stepped into that position in 2018, her affiliation with the Chamber reaches back almost 15 years during which she contributed as a volunteer and served multiple terms on the Board of Directors and a term as Board Chairman. She is also a graduate of the Chamber’s Blount County Leadership Class.
Andersen holds a BS and MS in Civil Engineering and spent 25 years in engineering and construction and another 11 years in the real estate industry. She was named by Business Alabama Magazine as one of Blount County’s “Movers and Shapers" in April of 2017.
Her commitment to Blount County runs deep and can be seen in her involvement in numerous local organizations and non-profits such as the Master Gardeners Association, the Beekeepers Association, the Rotary Club and the Oneonta Historic Preservation Commission as well as making occasional appearances on the stage with the Covered Bridge Players. Andersen also serves on the City of Oneonta Zoning Board of Adjustments. She and her husband, John Cantlin, live in Oneonta. In her spare time, she enjoys CrossFit, beekeeping, reading, gardening and traveling.
Andersen says, “Blount County is such a special place to call home. It is a real privilege to be able to work every day to make it even better!”