ABOUTUS

The Burke County Chamber of Commerce is led by a Board of Directors which formulates policies, sets goals for the organization, and directs a program of work that gives the community the greatest opportunity for growth and prosperity.  This key group of volunteers represents a cross-section of our membership.  An Executive Committee from within the Board of Directors governs the chamber operations.  Each board member is elected to a three year term.

Executive Committee

CHAIRMAN
Doug Whitely
Facility Manager
Caterpillar



TREASURER
Rod Harrelson
Senior Vice President
SunTrust
PAST CHAIRMAN
Kenneth Geathers
Town Manager
Town of Rutherford College



VICE CHAIR
of STRATEGIC PLANNING
Kathy Bai
ley
CEO
Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge
 VICE CHAIR
of  Gov’t Affairs
Atticus Simpson
Vice President
External Affairs & Workforce Development
WPCC
VICE CHAIR
of MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Jennifer Foulides
Co-Owner
Silver Fork Vineyard & Winery

Board of Directors

 Atticus Simpson
VP for Student Development
WPCC
Mark Bennett
Owner
Fonta Flora Brewery
Kevin Baxter
Director
Western NC School of Science and Math
Jennifer Foulides
Co-Owner
Silver Fork Vineyard & Winery
Tim Lockard
Sr. Director of Operations
Leviton Manufacturing
Michael McNally
Director
NC Center for Engineering and Technology
Kenneth Geathers
Town Manager
Town of Rutherford College
Kolby Watts
General Manager
Wendy B’s Embroidery & Screen Printing
Ed  Phillips
Director
Burke County Tourism
 Larry Putnam
Superintendent 
Burke County Public Schools
Nina Linens
Sales Leader
Berkshire Hathaway Media
Alan Wood
President/CEO
Burke Economic Development
Rod Harrelson
Senior Vice President
SunTrust
 Kathy Bailey
CEO
Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge
 Connie Cummins
Human Resources Mgr.
Kellex Seating Mfg.
Dr. Michael Helmick
President
Western Piedmont Community College
 Nicole Neubauer
Director of Sales
Hampton Inn
Debbie Goare
Partner
JD’s Smokehouse
Rich DeAugustinis
General Manager
Packaging Corp. of America
Doug Whitely
Facility Manager
Caterpillar