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

Laura CopelandLaura Copeland
Vice President of Public Policy
(828) 258-6126


Stephanie Brown

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

2013-2014 Board of Directors

Executive Committee:

  • Chair: Mr. Dana Stonestreet, HomeTrust Bank
  • Immediate Past Chair: Ms. Linda Brandt, PlumDog Financial        
  • First Vice Chair: Mr. Ben Hamrick, Johnson Price Sprinkle PA
  • Second Vice Chair: Ms. Suzanne DeFerie, Asheville Savings Bank              
  • Treasurer: Ms. Tracy Buchanan, CarePartners Health Services
  • Secretary/V. Chair E.D.: Mr. W. Louis Bissette, Jr., McGuire, Wood & Bissette, PA
  • Legal Counsel: Ms. Michelle Rippon, Constangy, Brooks & Smith
  • Audit Chair: Mr. Pat Carver, First Citizens Bank

Vice chairs:

  • Vice Chair Public Policy: Ms. Carolyn Coward, Van Winkle Law Firm
  • Vice Chair Convention & Visitors Bureau: Mr. Himanshu Karvir, Holiday Inn Biltmore West
  • Vice Chair Small Business: Mr. Chris Silliman, First Restoration Services
  • Vice Chair Member Services: Mr. Lach Zemp, Roberts & Stevens
  • Vice Chair Economic Development:  Mr. W. Louis Bissette, Jr., McGuire, Wood & Bissette, PA

Directors:

  • Ms. Eileen Black, The Potter’s Mark, Inc.
  • Mr. Hunter Goosmann, Education and Research Consortium of the Western Carolinas, Inc. (ERC)
  • Mr. Darryl Hart, Hart Funeral Service
  • Mr. Steve Linton, Deltec Homes
  • Mr. Stefan Magura, Blue Ridge Bone & Joint Clinic, P.A.                
  • Mr. J. Ken Maxwell, II, Frontier Communications
  • Mr. Philip McLellan, Thermo Fisher Scientific      
  • Dr. Ron Paulus, Mission Health
  • Mr. Chuck Pickering, Biltmore Company
  • Dr. Anne Ponder, UNC Asheville
  • Mr. Michael Rangel, Asheville Brewing Company             
  • Mr. Jim Stickney, Insurance Service of Asheville
  • 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: Mr. Zane Whitner, Arvato Entertainment LLC   

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:
828.258.6114
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  

 

Josh Dorfman
Director of Entrepreneurship Development
(828) 258-6137

 

Matt Popowski
Communications & Marketing Manager
(828) 258-6115


Desiree Monstrola

Economic Development Coordinator
(828) 258-6118
 


Member Services/Communications


Vanessa Salomo

Director of Events & Sponsorships
(828) 232-2247


Erin Leonard

Director of Communications
(828) 258-6131        


Amy Jackson

Director of Engagement
(828) 258-6107     


Miriam Metcalf

Member Services Assistant
(828) 258-6114             


Judi Willard

Member Services Assistant
(828) 210-2729
 


Michael Jordan

Member Sales Representative
(828) 258-6116

Public Policy

Laura CopelandLaura Copeland
Vice President of Public Policy
(828) 258-6126               

Jeff JoyceJeff Joyce
Manager 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

Senior Communications Manager
(828) 257-4959


Pat Kappes

Public Affairs Manager
(828) 210-2724

 


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

Administrative Assistant
(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

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