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Asheville Chamber announces 2015-2016 Board of Directors
July 1st, 2015
The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce has named its 2015-2016 board of directors and appointed Suzanne DeFerie of Asheville Savings Bank as chair.
DeFerie was inducted during the Chamber’s Annual Meeting held June 25th at the U.S. Cellular Center and succeeds outgoing chair, Ben Hamrick of Johnson Price Sprinkle PA.
“As board chair, I’m really looking forward to being able to continue our collaboration with businesses of all sizes,” DeFerie said.
Video shared at the Annual Meeting captured thoughts from Hamrick and DeFerie on the Asheville Chamber's role as a catalyst in creating an environment for business in Asheville and building community. The video can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jg8EnTWxwfM
Ms. Suzanne DeFerie, Asheville Savings Bank
Immediate Past Chair:
Mr. Ben Hamrick, Johnson Price Sprinkle PA
First Vice Chair:
Ms. Tracy Buchanan, CarePartners Health Services
Second Vice Chair/Vice Chair Convention & Visitors Bureau:
Mr. Himanshu Karvir, Holiday Inn Biltmore West
Mr. Pat Carver, First Citizens Bank
Secretary/Vice Chair Economic Development:
Mr. W. Louis Bissette, Jr., McGuire, Wood & Bissette, PA
Ms. Kit Cramer, Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce
Ms. Michelle Rippon, Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete
Chair Audit Committee:
Mr. David Worley, David G. Worley, CPA, PA
Vice Chair Public Policy:
Ms. Carolyn Coward, The Van Winkle Law Firm
Vice Chair Member Services/Small Business:
Ms. Laura Webb, Webb Investment Services
Ms. Leah Ashburn, Highland Brewing
Mr. David Belcher, Western Carolina University
Mr. Justin Belleme, JB Media Group
Mr. John Delaloye, Diamond Brand Outdoors
Mr. Charles Frederick, TD Bank
Dr. Mary Grant, UNC Asheville
Mr. Rick Guthy, Wicked Weed Brewing
Dr. Jeffery Heck, MAHEC
Mr. Steve Linton, Deltec Homes
Mr. Michael Meguiar, GE Aviation
Mr. Chuck Pickering, Biltmore Company
Mr. Jay Richardson, New Belgium Brewing
Ms. Carol Steen, MAHEC
Ms. Wendy Whitson, Wendy Whitson Fine Art Paintings
Mr. John Winkenwerder, South Asheville Hotel Associates, LLC
Chair, Economic Development Coalition for Asheville/Buncombe County:
Ms. Taylor Foss, Mission Health
Mayor, City of Asheville:
Ms. Esther Manheimer
Chairman, Buncombe County Commission:
Mr. David Gantt
Chairman, Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority:
Ms. Paula Wilber, Biltmore
Chair, Young Professionals of Asheville:
Mr. Jeff Joyce, Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce
About the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce
The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce is a member organization with 1,800 member businesses and organizations. Chamber members collaborate with community organizations and coalitions to support the community and each other with the mission of building community through business.
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