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


  • 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. 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 
  • Ms. Laura Webb, Webb Investment Services
  • Ms. Wendy Whitson, Wendy Whitson Fine Art & Paintings
  • Mr. John Winkenwerder, South Asheville Hotel Associates, LLC
  • Mr. David Worley, David G. Worley, CPA, PA

Ex-Officio members:

  • Board, Economic Development Coalition: 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: 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:

General Information about Asheville:


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) 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

Senior Vice President/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  



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



Canio Costanzo
Canio Costanzo
Membership Development
(828) 258-6116



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



Shawn Boone

Sales Manager


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              




Charlie Reed

Information Specialist
(828) 258-6109



Justine Tullos
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.

2014-2015 Ambassadors:

  • Chris Angel, Mountain Credit Union
  • Kim Basham, MB Haynes Plumbing
  • Linda Davis, Servpro
  • Roy Dickerson, Asheville's Fun Depot
  • Jennifer Duran,Moore Funeral Home at Forest Lawn
  • Mike Hiers, Yogafest
  • Diane Holmes, 1-800-WaterDamage
  • Travis Hyatt, MB Haynes
  • Susan Jackson, WLOS
  • Whitney Lang, Wells Fargo
  • Audra LaMontagne, Sign-a-Rama
  • Dwayne Long, CMG Promotions
  • Jarrod Perkins, Asheville Savings Bank
  • Clive Possinger, Edward Jones
  • Dalene Powell, Charter Communications
  • Maggie Schlubach, Monte Vista Hotel
  • Jody Stevenson, Goodwill of NW North Carolina


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.

2015 Campaign Volunteers:
  • Robert Griffin (co-chair) , American Red Cross
  • Melody Edmonds , Arvato Bertelsmann
  • Fielding Lowe , BB&T
  • Jason Dowell , BB&T
  • Donna Hammett , Charter Media
  • Clay Parker , Duke Energy
  • Lindsey Bnadad , Festiva Development Group
  • Chad Whittemore , First Citizens Bank
  • Charlotte Fitzpatrick
  • Matthew Bradley , Insurance Service of Asheville
  • Melissa Pennscott (co-chair) , YMCA of Western North Carolina
  • Alston Ludwig , McGuire, Wood & Bissette
  • Meredith Austin , Mission Health
  • Chase Hanks , Movement Mortgage
  • Mackenzie Wheaton, Omni Grove Park Inn
  • Missy Baker , PlumDog Financial
  • Dari Mullins , Signarama
  • Sharon Owen , Sisters of Mercy Urgent Care, Inc.
  • James Mastro , TD Bank
  • Robby Russell , Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.