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

CHAIR, Board of Directors
Kathy C. Bailey
President/CEO
Carolinas Healthcare System Blue Ridge
TREASURER
Sherry L. Whisnant
CPA
Caterpillar
PAST CHAIRMAN
Kenneth Geathers
Town Manager
Town of Rutherford College
VICE CHAIR of STRATEGIC PLANNING
Atticus Simpson
Vice President
External Affairs & Workforce Development, WPCC
VICE CHAIR of  Gov’t Affairs
Dr. Michael Helmick
President 
WPCC
 VICE CHAIR of MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
Nina Linens
Sales Leader
Berkshire Hathaway Media
At Large
Rich DeAugustinis
General Manager
Packaging Corporation of America

2018 Board of Directors

Kevin Baxter
Director
NCSSM-Morganton
Nicole Neubauer
Director of Sales
Hampton Inn
Michael McNally
Director
NC Center for Engineering Technologies
Alan Wood
President/CEO
Burke Development, Inc.
Ed Phillips
Director
Burke County Tourism
Kevin Farris
VP
Farris Insurance
Kolby Watts
General Manager
Wendy B’s Custom Emb. & Screen Print
 Connie Cummins
Human Resources Manager
Kellex Seating Manufacturing
Aaron Housh
President & CEO
Burke Hospice & Palliative Care
Debbie Goare
Owner
JD’s Smokehouse
Dr. Larry Putnam
Superintendent
Burke Co. Public Schools
Tim Lockard
Sr. Director of Operations
Leviton