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
Chief Operating Officer / Executive Director of the Economic Development Coalition
(828) 258-6128

 

 

Rojeanous RushCorey Atkins
Vice President of Public Policy
(828) 258-6126

 

 

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

 

 


Stephanie Brown

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

Executive Committee

  • Chair: Ms. Tracy Buchanan, CarePartners Health Services

  • Immediate Past Chair/Vice Chair Economic Development: Ms. Suzanne DeFerie, Asheville Savings Bank

  • First Vice Chair/Vice Chair Convention & Visitors Bureau: Mr. Himanshu Karvir, Holiday Inn Biltmore West

  • Second Vice Chair: Mr. Pat Carver, First Citizens Bank

  • Secretary: Mr. W. Louis Bissette, Jr., McGuire, Wood & Bissette, PA

  • Treasurer/Vice Chair Public Policy: Ms. Carolyn Coward, The Van Winkle Law Firm

  • President: Ms. Kit Cramer, Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce

  • Legal Counsel: Ms. Michelle Rippon, Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP

  • Chair Audit Committee: Mr. David Worley, Worley, Woodberry & Melton, PA

  • Vice Chair Member Services: Ms. Laura Webb, Webb Investment Services

Directors

  • Ms. Leah Ashburn, Highland Brewing Company
  • Chancellor David Belcher, Western Carolina University
  • Mr. Justin Belleme, JB Media Group
  • Mr. John Delaloye, Jr., Diamond Brand Gear
  • Mr. Alex Fraga, FIRC Group
  • Mr. Charles Frederick, TD Bank
  • Dr. Mary Grant, UNC Asheville
  • Dr. Jeffery Heck, MAHEC
  • Ms. Emi Kubota, i play., Inc.
  • Mr. Jeremy Littlejohn, RISC Networks, LLC
  • Mr. Michael Meguiar, GE Aviation
  • Ms. Carol Steen, MAHEC
  • Mr. Austin Walker, Whitney Commercial Real Estate
  • Mr. Jason Walls, Duke Energy
  • Ms. Wendy Whitson, Wendy Whitson Fine Art
  • Mr. John Winkenwerder, South Asheville Hotel Associates, LLC
  • Mr. Lach Zemp, Roberts & Stevens, P.A.

Ex-Officio Members

  • Chair, Economic Development Coalition for Asheville/Buncombe County: Ms. Janice Brumit, Brumit Restaurant Group
  • Mayor, City of Asheville: Ms. Esther Manheimer
  • Chairman, Buncombe County Commission: Mr. Brownie Newman
  • Chairman, Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority: Ms. Paula Wilber, Biltmore Company
  • Chair, Young Professionals of Asheville: Mr. Oscar (O.E.) Starnes, IV, Wells Fargo Advisors, 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:
828.258.6101
member@ashevillechamber.org

General Information about Asheville:
828.258.6109
contactus@exploreasheville.com

Executive


Kit Cramer

President & CEO
(828) 258-6123  

 

            


Kay Tweed

Executive Coordinator
(828) 258-6124

 

 

Public Policy

Rojeanous RushCorey Atkins
Vice President of Public Policy
(828) 258-6126

 

 

 

Finance & Operations

Rojeanous Rush
Rojeanous Rush

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

 

 


Tony Coswell
Building Supervisor
(828) 210-2725

 

 

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

 

        

Tonya Wiggins
Tonya Wiggins

Accounting Assistant
(828) 258-6132              

 

  

Economic Development


Ben Teague

Chief Operating Officer/Executive Director of the Economic Development Coalition
(828) 258-6130      

 

        


Clark Duncan

Director of Business Development
(828) 258-6134        

 

 


Heidi Reiber

Director of Research
(828) 258-6120  

 

 

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

 


 


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

 

 

Claire Chender
Operations Manager - Venture Asheville
(828) 258-6115

 

 


Desiree Monstrola

Economic Development Coordinator
(828) 258-6118
 

 


Membership

Leeanne Briggs
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

 

 


Canio Costanzo
Membership Development
(828) 258-6116

 

 

 

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

 


Glenn Cox
Interim Vice President of Administration
(828) 258-6117

 

 


Jonna Reiff

Executive Operations Manager
(828) 258-6111

 

Rachel Baumgardner
Operations Assistant
(828) 257-4967

 

 

Marketing (Convention & Visitors Bureau)

      


Marla Tambellini

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

 

 


Cat Kessler

Director of Content
(828) 258-6135

 


Brooke Ptaszek
Director of Advertising
(828) 258-6127

 

 

 

Elizabeth White
ExploreAsheville.com Web Manager
(828) 232-2243

 

 


Dodie Stephens

Director of Communications
(828) 257-4959

 

 


Landis Taylor

PR Specialist
(828) 258-6125

 

 



Sarah Lowery

PR Specialist
(828) 258-6136

 

 


Jason Tarr

Content Specialist
(828) 257-4969

 

 


Alex Mitchiner

Marketing & PR Assistant
(828) 257-4968
 

 

Public Affairs (Convention & Visitors Bureau)


Pat Kappes

Director of Public Affairs
(828) 210-2724

 

 


Brittany Martin

Data Specialist
(828) 258-6113

 

 

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

 

 



Molly Nelson
Senior Sales Manager
(828) 258-6121
 

Carla McGlynn
National Sales Manager
(828) 257-4966

 

 


Shawn Boone

National Sales Manager
828-258-6105

 



Beth McKinney

Sales Manager
(828) 258-6139
 

 

Leann Swims
Group Sales and Services Coordinator
(828) 258-6110

 

 

Joseph Weber
Group Sales and Services Coordinator
(828) 258-6102

 

 

Visitor Services (Convention & Visitors Bureau)


Tom Roberson

Director of Visitor Services
(828) 258-6103              

 

 

Marie-Louise Ramsey
Visitor Services Assistant Manager
(828) 258-6100   

 

 


Charlie Reed

Information Specialist
(828) 258-6109

 

 


Justine Tullos

Asheville Shop Keyholder
(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.

Ambassadors:

  • Chris Angel, Mountain Credit Union
  • Steve Busey, WCQS
  • Mike Hiers
  • Diane Holmes, 1-800 Water Damage
  • Travis Hyatt, MB Haynes
  • David King, Greater Asheville Regional Airport
  • Susan Cunningham, WLOS
  • Whitney Lang, Wells Fargo
  • Dwayne Long, Boundless Network
  • Jarrod Perkins, Asheville Savings Bank
  • Clive Possinger, Asheville Brain Training
  • Maggie Schlubach, Tyson Furniture
  • Jody Stevenson, Goodwill of NW North Carolina
  • Arlene Sullivan, Signarama
  • Ed Sullivan, Signarama

 

The annual Total Resource Campaign is the Chamber's sponsorship drive to raise revenue essential to fund its programs and events.

During the campaign, volunteers introduce businesses to opportunities for advertising, marketing and sponsorship that position businesses as a leader in the Asheville community.

2017 Campaign Volunteers:
  • Fielding Lowe (co-chair), Carolina Alliance Bank
  • Sharon Owen, Sisters of Mercy Urgent Care, Inc.
  • Robert Griffin, American Red Cross
  • Jason Dowell, BB&T
  • Julie Smith, Beverly Hanks & Associates
  • Donna Hammett, Spectrum Media
  • Clay Parker
  • Maria Pilos, Johnson Price Sprinkle PA
  • Meredith Switzer, Meredith Switzer Consulting
  • Graham Fields, Park Ridge Health
  • John Scroggs, TD Bank
  • Trevor Astey, Togar Rugs
  • Lindsey Bnadad , iHeartMedia
  • Chad Whittemore , First Citizens Bank
  • Charlotte Fitzpatrick, PrimeLending
  • George Pfeiffer, Insurance Service of Asheville
  • Dede Rowe, Mission Health