IST announces the appointment of Chimeco Biles as the National Director of its new division, IST Community Outreach. In her new role, Chimeco will provide thought leadership and oversight for IST Community Outreach. Drawing from her extensive background in volunteer work, Chimeco responsibilities will include managing community engagement, charitable investments and corporate social responsibility. “Chimeco’s leadership is vital to our mission of creating opportunities, strengthening communities, facilitating better police training and supporting other small businesses. Her tenacity and spirit are inspiration for all.” says Hal Blackman, President and CEO of IST Management. We are honored to have Chimeco as our National Director of Community Outreach and look forward to seeing all that she will accomplish!
Chimeco possesses an unyielding drive to help others which she applies in not only her work at IST, but also in her free time as she is a volunteer organizer for an impressive five organizations! A devoted wife and mother of nine children in Augusta, GA, Chimeco always finds the time to extend her huge heart to serve others. Her volunteer efforts started at the age of 14 when she first got involved with the Salvation Army and her church. Since then, Chimeco has added InTheTrench Ministries, Family Promise of Augusta, and Classy Sisterhood of Augusta to her ever-growing roster of volunteer groups that she leads.
Chimeco’s personal background is a success story of overcoming adversity. Throughout her life, Chimeco moved around a lot and went through bouts of experiencing homelessness. Her mother struggled with addiction which left Chimeco feeling detached from her communities and forced her to become very independent at a young age. However, hardships never discouraged her. A self-starter to her core, Chimeco found the strength and motivation to pull herself up through strengthening others. This is when she first discovered her passion to serve others and volunteer. When asked what motivates her, Chimeco responds “I can’t fathom seeing anyone in need.”
A prime example of the servant’s heart, Chimeco believes that the best indicator of a great manager is how well they elevate and encourage others around them- and she does exactly that. Chimeco’s career journey started in the food industry where she found herself quickly ascending the ranks within a matter of months to managerial roles at every job she’s ever worked. In 2017, Chimeco joined the IST family as a Regional STAR, a role in which her stellar leadership and people skills became quickly apparent. Chimeco’s altruism and undeniable charm win over everyone she encounters.