About the Chamber

Our Mission is to strengthen Cleveland County businesses, promote economic development and enhance community vitality. We strive to make Cleveland County an economic leader in western North Carolina and to enhance our members’ success through advocacy, member benefits, and services. Meet the Chamber Board of Directors and Staff.



Chairman – Dr. James Magar, Chiropractic Physicians of the Carolinas

Past Chair – Patsy Stewart Irvin

Chair-Elect – Ken Mooney, Cleveland Community College

Secretary – Kerri Melton, Cleveland County Admin.

Treasurer – Jay Gragg, Gragg & Gragg

Board Members

Alex Bell, Carolinas Healthcare System – KM

Mary Carlson, Gardner-Webb University

Tonya Coleman, BB&T Bank

Bill Cowen, Greenheck Fan Corporation

Kim Davis, Dragonfly Marketing

Craig DeBrew, Duke Energy

Jay Gragg, Gragg and Gragg

Debi Harrill

Patsy Stewart Irvin

Brian Jacobs, Kendrion

Dr. James Magar, Chiropractic Physicians of the Carolinas

Kerri Melton, Cleveland County Admin.

Ken Mooney, Cleveland Community College

Chris Pierce, Southern Power Co.

Sherry Sawyer, Carolina Fire Safety

Scott Sharp, Edward Jones Investments

Eddie Holbrook, Cleveland County Commissioners

Scott Neisler, Mayor, City of Kings Mountain

Division Chairs

Membership – Sherry Sawyer, Carolina Fire Safety

Education – Tony Fogleman, Cleveland County Schools

Marketing & Communications – Kim Davis, Dragonfly Marketing

Tourism – Emily Epley, Earl Scruggs Center

Economic Development – Tammy Whaley, Duke-Energy


Angela Padgett, Council on Aging

Beverley Hudson, Talent Force

Bonnie Zelwak, Home Trust Banking

Brittany Beam, American Legion World Series

Bob Daves, Bob Daves Associates

Calvin Hastings, KTC Broadcasting

Christy Hutchins, Windermere Insurance Group

Damon Scott, McDaniel-Scott Agency, Allstate

Debi Harrill, The LeGrand Center

Debra Blanton, Triple BBB Vineyards

Heather Chadwick, Chadwicks Formal Wear

Jan Blanton, Walker Woodworking

Janet Berry, Frame Masters Gallery

Judy Wagner, Sisters Closet

Katherine Potemkin, KTC Broadcasting

Kaycee Myers – PNC Bank

Kelsey Taylor – McIntyre Elder Law

Kimberly Mullinax, King Law Offices

Kiva Fuller, Forest City Owls

Linda McKnight, Cleveland Vocational Industry

Lisa Lilly, Shelby Star

Matt Blanchard, Shelby Star

Natasha Alexander, Shelby Star

Pam Cook, Council on Aging

Peter Potemkin, Allen Tate

Sarah Adams, StaffMasters

Scott Champion, Hendrix Business Systems

Scott Sharp, Edward Jones

Sharon Robbs, Communities in Schools

Sherry Sawyer, Carolina Fire Safety

Stephanie Davis, Paycor

Stephanie Whisnant, HomeTrust Bank

TJ Byers, Woodmen Life

Tom Hawkins, Lights by H&H

Tonya Coleman, PNC Bank