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

 

Executive Committee

  • Chair: Mr. Himanshu Karvir, Holiday Inn Biltmore West

  • Immediate Past Chair: Ms. Tracy Buchanan, CarePartners Health Services

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

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

  • Treasurer/Vice Chair Economic Development: Mr. Michael Meguiar, GE Aviation

  • Second Vice Chair/ 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

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Directors

  • Ms. Leah Ashburn, Highland Brewing Company
  • Ms. Suzanne DeFerie, Asheville Savings Bank
  • Ms. Julia Fosson, Julia Fosson Encaustic Art
  • Mr. Charles Frederick, TD Bank
  • Mr. Gary Froeba, Omni Grove Park Inn
  • Dr. Mary Grant, UNC Asheville
  • Dr. Jeffery Heck, MAHEC
  • Ms. Emi Kubota, i play., Inc.
  • Mr. Jeremy Littlejohn, RISC Networks, LLC
  • Mr. Joe Lordi, Grove Stone & Sand
  • Mr. Oby Morgan, Capital At Play
  • Mr. Chuck Pickering, Biltmore
  • Mr. Jeff Pigg, Kaplan CFO Solutions
  • Mr. Joe Scully, Chestnut/Corner Kitchen
  • Ms. Carol Steen, MAHEC
  • Mr. Austin Walker, Whitney Commercial Real Estate
  • Mr. Jason Walls, Duke Energy
  • 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: Mr. Jim Muth, Beaufort House Inn
  • Chair, Young Professionals of Asheville: Mr. Jonathan Hunter, Asheville and Asscoiates Real Estate

 

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 visiting Asheville: ExploreAsheville.com

 

Executive

 


Kit Cramer

President & CEO
(828) 258-6123  

 

           

 

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

 

 

Hannah Sizemore
Venture Asheville Operations Manager

 


Desiree Monstrola

Executive Operations Manager
(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

 

 


Kay Tweed

Member & Information Specialist
(828) 258-6124

 

 

Visitor Services

The Asheville Visitor Center and Asheville Shop are operated by the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce.


Tom Roberson

Director of Visitor Services
(828) 258-6103              

 

 

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

 

 

Vanna May
Asheville Shop Keyholder
(828) 210-2726

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
  • Amy Tamasy,Immedion
  • Glenn Kavanagh, Atlantic Bay Mortgage
  • 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
  • Anthony Harden, Alt Media Pros
  • 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 (co-chair), 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