WILMINGTON, N.C. — Today, the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce announced a new board chair, treasurer, and three new members of the board of directors for 2021. The new officers and directors begin one-year terms on January 1, 2021.

Michele Holbrook of Corning is the new board chair. Holbrook joined the Wilmington Chamber Board in 2015. “I’m honored to serve as Chair of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors,” said Holbrook. “The next year will have its challenges, but we are also poised for great opportunities. Workforce development, infrastructure, our region’s general business climate, and entrepreneurship will continue to be our focus with a new county commission and other statewide elected officials.”

“Michele’s leadership will continue to contribute to the successes of the Wilmington Chamber. Michele’s experience in the management of a major manufacturing facility will lend sound development of efficient and effective ways to live into the vision to promote prosperity by encouraging business growth,” said Natalie English, President & CEO of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce. “Our new board members bring distinct business experiences that will round out our leadership and help us achieve our goal of growing New Hanover County’s economy and making the area more prosperous for everyone.”

Tee Nunnelee, Chairman of Coastal Beverage Company, will now serve as the Board’s Immediate Past Chair.

Lisa Leath, SHRM-SCP, President of Leath HR Group and co-founder of WorkTok, joins the executive committee as treasurer. Leath has been recognized with several awards in recent years, including two Coastal Entrepreneur Awards, a 40 Under 40 Award, and has been named a Wilmington Biz100 Innovator. Before starting her own businesses, Lisa was Vice President of Human Resources for Alcami and previously held several HR leadership positions across North Carolina for Corning. Leath serves on numerous boards, including Communities in Schools of Cape Fear and the Cape Fear Museum. She previously served as board chair for United Way of the Cape Fear Area. She also chairs the Wilmington Chamber’s Personnel Committee and serves on the Economic Scorecard Committee. 

The new board members are:

  • Robert Arnold, National Gypsum
  • Katie Smith, VP of Finance and Operations, nCino
  • Andrea Troccia, Market Development Manager for Corning Credit Union

The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors provides the guidance necessary for the chamber to promote a vibrant business climate throughout the region and to develop proactive solutions that help solve the challenges facing businesses in the Cape Fear region. 

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