Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce announces 2018-19 directors

Press release from the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce:

The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce has named its 2018-2019 board of directors, with Himanshu Karvir of Virtelle Hospitality continuing as board chair through December 2018.

Carolyn Coward of The Van Winkle Law Firm will assume the role of board chair in January 2019.

Executive Committee

Chair: Himanshu Karvir, Virtelle Hospitality
First Vice Chair: Carolyn Coward, The Van Winkle Law Firm
Second Vice Chair/Vice Chair Economic Development: Michael Meguiar, GE Aviation
Secretary: W. Louis Bissette, Jr., McGuire, Wood & Bissette, PA
Treasurer: Laura Webb, Webb Investment Services, Inc.
President: Kit Cramer, Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce
Vice Chair Public Policy: Austin Walker, Whitney Commercial Real Estate Services
Chair Audit Committee: David Worley; Worley, Woodbery, & Associates, PA
Vice Chair Member Services: Lach Zemp, Roberts & Stevens
Legal Counsel: Michelle Rippon, Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP


Leah Ashburn, Highland Brewing Company
Jonathan Bailey, Mission Health
Suzanne S. DeFerie, First Bank
Julia Fosson, Julia Fosson Encaustic Art
Gary Froeba, The Omni Grove Park Inn
Jonathan Hunter, Asheville and Associates Real Estate
Joe Lordi, Grove Stone & Sand Company
Brandy Mills, Small Cakes Cupcakery & Creamery
Oby Morgan, Capital At Play
Sharon Oxendine, Western Women’s Business Center
Jeff Pigg, Kaplan CFO Solutions
Chuck Pickering, Biltmore
Michael Porterfield, Roots Hummus
Jay Richardson, New Belgium Brewing
Carol Steen, Mountain Area Health Education Center
Ben Teague, Biltmore Farms, LLC
Jason Walls, Duke Energy
Kevin Westmoreland, Westmoreland & Scully
David Hayes, BB&T

Ex-Officio Members

Mayor, City of Asheville: Esther Manheimer
Chair, Buncombe County Commission: Brownie Newman
Chair, Young Professionals of Asheville: Trent Hall, Level Agents LLC
Chair, Economic Development Coalition: Janice Brumit, Brumit Restaurant Group
Chair, Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority: Jim Muth, Beaufort House Inn

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