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 –  Ken Mooney, Cleveland Community College

Past Chair – Dr. James Magar, Chiropractic Physicians of the Carolinas

Chair-Elect – Craig DeBrew, Duke Energy

Secretary – Scott Sharp, Edward Jones Investments

Treasurer – Jay Gragg, Gragg & Gragg

Board Members

Alex Bell, Carolinas Healthcare System – KM

Mary Carlson, Gardner-Webb University

Bill Cowen, Greenheck Fan Corporation

Kim Davis, Dragonfly Marketing

Craig DeBrew, Duke Energy

Jay Gragg, Gragg and Gragg

Debi Harrill, Rollover Pets

Patsy Stewart Irvin, PMI Realty

Brian Jacobs, Huber + Suhner

Dr. James Magar, Chiropractic Physicians of the Carolinas

Christie Martin, American Restoration

Ken Mooney, Cleveland Community College

Chris Monroe, Monroe Tire & Service

Chris Pierce, Southern Power Co.

Scott Sharp, Edward Jones Investments

Eddie Holbrook, Cleveland County Commissioners

Scott Neisler, Mayor, City of Kings Mountain

Stan Anthony, Mayor, City of Shelby

Division Chairs

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, Partnership for Children

Corey Miller, The Shelby Star


Damon Scott, McDaniel-Scott Agency, Allstate

Debra Blanton, Triple BBB Vineyards

Karen Vinesett – Hampton Inn & Suites

Katherine Potemkin, KTC Broadcasting


Nicole Smith – Shop Cleveland County

Patrick Vollmer – Visual Eyes Optometrics

Paul Ingram – Ingram’s Barber Shop

Peter Potemkin, Allen Tate Realty

Ric Francis – Francis Insurance

Scott Sharp, Edward Jones