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

Executive Committee

  • Chair: Ms. Suzanne DeFerie, Asheville Savings Bank
  • Immediate Past Chair: Mr. Ben Hamrick, Johnson Price Sprinkle PA
  • First Vice Chair: Ms. Tracy Buchanan, CarePartners Health Services          
  • Second Vice Chair/Vice Chair Convention & Visitors Bureau: Mr. Himanshu Karvir, Holiday Inn Biltmore West
  • Treasurer: Mr. Pat Carver, First Citizens Bank
  • Secretary/Vice Chair Economic Development: Mr. W. Louis Bissette, Jr., McGuire, Wood & Bissette, PA
  • President: Ms. Kit Cramer, Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Legal Counsel: Ms. Michelle Rippon, Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete
  • Chair Audit Committee: Mr. David Worley, David G. Worley, CPA, PA
  • Vice Chair Public Policy: Ms. Carolyn Coward, The Van Winkle Law Firm
  • Vice Chair Member Services/Small Business: Ms. Laura Webb, Webb Investment Services

Directors

  • Ms. Leah Ashburn, Highland Brewing     
  • Mr. David Belcher, Western Carolina University
  • Mr. Justin Belleme, JB Media Group
  • Mr. John Delaloye, Diamond Brand Outdoors
  • Mr. Charles Frederick, TD Bank
  • Dr. Mary Grant, UNC Asheville
  • Mr. Rick Guthy, Wicked Weed Brewing
  • Dr. Jeffery Heck, MAHEC
  • Mr. Steve Linton, Deltec Homes
  • Mr. Michael Meguiar, GE Aviation
  • Mr. Chuck Pickering, Biltmore Company
  • Mr. Jay Richardson, New Belgium Brewing
  • Ms. Carol Steen, MAHEC
  • Ms. Wendy Whitson, Wendy Whitson Fine Art Paintings
  • Mr. John Winkenwerder, South Asheville Hotel Associates, LLC

Ex-Officio Members

  • Chair, Economic Development Coalition for Asheville/Buncombe County: 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: Ms. Paula Wilber, Biltmore
  • Chair, Young Professionals of Asheville: Mr. Jeff Joyce, Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce

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) 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  

 

 

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


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

 

 

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

 

 


Lauren Harris

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

 

 


Brenda Taylor

Senior Sales Manager
(828) 258-6121

 

 


Shawn Boone

Sales Manager
828-258-6105

 



Beth McKinney

Group Sales Specialist
(828) 258-6139
 

 

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

 


Brittany Martin

Group Sales and Services Coordinator
(828) 258-6102

 

 

Brenna West
Group Sales Intern
 

 

 

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.

2014-2015 Ambassadors:

  • Chris Angel, Mountain Credit Union
  • Kim Basham, MB Haynes Plumbing
  • Mark Bloom, Ray's Access
  • 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
  • David King, Greater Asheville Regional Airport
  • Susan Jackson, WLOS
  • Whitney Lang, Wells Fargo
  • Audra LaMontagne, Asheville Radio Group
  • Dwayne Long, CMG Promotions
  • Jarrod Perkins, Asheville Savings Bank
  • Dalene Powell, Charter Communications
  • Maggie Schlubach, Monte Vista Hotel
  • Jody Stevenson, Goodwill of NW North Carolina
  • Arlene Sullivan, Sign-a-Rama

 

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.