Leadership

The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce is led by a board of directors, which formulates policies and sets goals for the organization, promoting the mission of building community through business. The President & CEO is responsible for the management and operations of the Chamber organization and its staff. The board of directors develops the Chamber’s Strategic Plan, and directs a program of work giving the community the greatest opportunity for growth and prosperity.

Kit CramerKit Cramer
President & CEO
(828) 258-6123

 

 

Benjamin TeagueBenjamin Teague
Senior Vice President / Executive Director of the Economic Development Coalition
(828) 258-6128

 

 

Rojeanous RushRojeanous Rush
Vice President of Finance & Operations
(828) 258-6119

 

 


Tobias Weas

Vice President of Public Policy Membership & Legal Affairs
(828) 258-6126

 


Stephanie Brown

Senior Vice President, CVB Executive Director
(828) 258-6104

2014-2015 Board of Directors

Executive Committee:

  • Chair: Mr. Ben Hamrick, Johnson Price Sprinkle PA
  • Immediate Past Chair: Mr. Dana Stonestreet, HomeTrust Bank
  • First Vice Chair: Ms. Suzanne DeFerie, Asheville Savings Bank              
  • Second Vice Chair: Ms. Tracy Buchanan, CarePartners Health Services
  • Treasurer: Mr. Himanshu Karvir, Holiday Inn Biltmore West
  • Secretary: Mr. Chris Silliman, First Restoration Services
  • Secretary/V. Chair E.D.: Mr. W. Louis Bissette, Jr., McGuire, Wood & Bissette, PA
  • Legal Counsel (non-voting): Ms. Michelle Rippon, Constangy, Brooks & Smith

Vice chairs:

  • Audit Chair: Mr. Pat Carver, First Citizens Bank
  • Vice Chair Public Policy: Ms. Carolyn Coward, Van Winkle Law Firm
  • Vice Chair Member Services: Mr. Lach Zemp, Roberts & Stevens
  • Vice Chair Economic Development:  Mr. W. Louis Bissette, Jr., McGuire, Wood & Bissette, PA

Directors:

  • Mr. David Belcher, Western Carolina University
  • Mr. John Delaloye, Jr., Diamond Brand Outdoors
  • Mr. Tim Emory, Emory Electric, Inc.
  • Mr. Charles Frederick, TD Bank
  • Mr. Rick Guthy, Wicked Weed Brewing
  • Mr. Darryl Hart, Hart Funeral Service
  • Mr. Steve Linton, Deltec Homes             
  • Mr. J. Ken Maxwell, II, Frontier Communications
  • Mr. Michael Meguiar, GE Aviation
  • Mr. Dave Neill, Asheville Citizen-Times
  • Mr. Chuck Pickering, Biltmore Company
  • Mr. Michael Rangel, Asheville Brewing Company             
  • Ms. Laura Webb, Webb Investment Services
  • Ms. Wendy Whitson, Wendy Whitson Fine Art & Paintings
  • Mr. David Worley, David G. Worley, CPA, PA

Ex-Officio members:

  • Board, Economic Development Coalition: Mr. K. Ray Bailey
  • Mayor, City of Asheville: Ms. Esther Manheimer
  • Chairman, Buncombe County Commission: Mr. David Gantt
  • Chairman, Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority: Mr. Bhagwanji N. Patel, Bhuna Corp.     
  • Chair, Young Professionals of Asheville: Ms. Carol Nguyen Steen, MAHEC

If you need additional information, we are delighted to help. Browse the contact information below to find the appropriate department for your questions.

General Inquiries

General Information about the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce:
828.258.6101
member@ashevillechamber.org

General Information about Asheville:
828.258.6109
contactus@exploreasheville.com

Executive

Kit Cramer
Kit Cramer

President & CEO
(828) 258-6123  

 

            

Kay Tweed
Kay Tweed

Executive Coordinator
(828) 258-6124

 

 

Finance & Operations

Rojeanous Rush
Rojeanous Rush

Vice President of Finance & Operations
(828) 258-6119

 

 


Tony Coswell
Building Supervisor
(828) 258-6127

 

 

David Orlovitz
Roger OKelley
Information Systems Manager
(828) 257-4961      

 

        

Tonya Wiggins
Tonya Wiggins

Accounting Assistant
(828) 258-6132              

 

  

Economic Development


Ben Teague

Senior Vice President/Executive Director of the Economic Development Coalition
(828) 258-6130      

 

        


Clark Duncan

Director of Marketing
(828) 258-6134        

 

   


Tim Lampkin

Director of Retention & Expansion Services
(828) 258-6128
           

 


Heidi Reiber

Director of Research
(828) 258-6120  

 

 


J
osh Dorfman
Director of Entrepreneurship Development
(828) 258-6137

 

 


Matt Popowski

Communications & Marketing Manager
(828) 258-6115

 

 


Desiree Monstrola

Economic Development Coordinator
(828) 258-6118
 

 


Public Policy, Membership & Legal Affairs


Tobias Weas

Vice President of Public Policy Membership & Legal Affairs
(828) 258-6126

 


Tina Bennett
Director of Events & Sponsorships
(828) 232-2247

 

 


Erin Leonard

Director of Communications
(828) 258-6131    

 

   


Amy Jackson

Director of Engagement
(828) 258-6107              

 

 


Judi Willard
Member Services Assistant
(828) 210-2729
 

 

Jeff Joyce
Jeff Joyce

Director of Public Policy
(828) 258-6122

 

 

Convention & Visitors Bureau

Website:  ExploreAsheville.com
Tourism Industry Partner Website:  AshevilleCVB.com
Fax Number: (828) 254-6054

Executive (Convention & Visitors Bureau)


Stephanie Brown

Senior Vice President, CVB Executive Director
(828) 258-6104

 

 


Jonna Reiff

Executive Coordinator
(828) 258-6111


 

Marketing (Convention & Visitors Bureau)

      


Marla Tambellini

VP of Marketing/Deputy Director
(828) 258-6138

 

 


Cat Kessler

Online Content Manager
(828) 258-6135

 

 


Derek Misler

ExploreAsheville.com Web Manager
(828) 232-2243

 

 


Dodie Stephens

Director of Communications
(828) 257-4959

 

 


Pat Kappes

Public Affairs Manager
(828) 210-2724

 

 


Linda Kopp

Marketing Projects Manager
(828) 258-6127

 


Landis Taylor

PR Specialist
(828) 258-6125

 



Sarah Lowery

Marketing & PR Assistant
(828) 258-6136

 

 

Group Sales & Services (Convention & Visitors Bureau)


Dianna Pierce

Vice President of Sales
(828) 258-6108          

 

 


Carli Adams

Group Communications and Services Manager
(828) 258-6106

 

 


Tina Porter

Senior Sales Manager
(828) 258-6133

 

 


Brenda Taylor

Senior Sales Manager
(828) 258-6121

 

 


Janelle Troglione

Sales Manager
(828) 258-6139

 

 


Shawn Boone

Sales Manager
828-258-6105

 


Lauren Harris

Sales & Service Coordinator
(828) 258-6102

 



Beth McKinney

Sales Coordinator
(828) 258-6102
 

 

Visitor Services (Convention & Visitors Bureau)


Tom Roberson

Director of Visitor Services
(828) 258-6103              

 

        


Lucy Murphy
Assistant Manager of Visitor Services
(828) 258-6100

 

 


Charlie Reed

Information Specialist
(828) 258-6109

 

 

Lauren Andrews
Senior Retail Sales Associate
(828) 210-2721

 

Chamber Ambassadors for the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce are a select group of seasoned volunteers who play a very important role in making new members feel welcome and to assist them in engaging their membership.

2013-2014 Ambassadors:

  • Kim Basham, MB Haynes Plumbing
  • Frank Boggess, mSpark
  • Meredith Campbell, Express Employment Professionals
  • Melissa Crouch, WCQS
  • Roy Dickerson, Asheville's Fun Depot
  • Jennifer Duran,Moore Funeral Home at Forest Lawn
  • Craig Fender, Asheville Arborists
  • Mike Hiers,LIME Energy
  • Diane Holmes, 1-800-WaterDamage
  • Travis Hyatt, MB Haynes
  • Susan Jackson, WLOS
  • Whitney Lang, Wells Fargo
  • Dwayne Long, CMG Promotions
  • Jarrod Perkins, Asheville Savings Bank
  • Jessica Phelan, HomeTrust Bank
  • Dalene Powell, Charter Communications
  • Maggie Schlubach
  • Ed Sullivan, Sign-a-Rama
  • Dave Trout, Trout Insurance
  • Tim Wagner,Keller Williams
  • Michael White, Jason's Deli