Terms Ends 2019
PODS Eastern NC - Wilmington - Myrtle Beach
Born in South Florida, Ben moved to North Carolina in 1997. He started his career with PODS in Greenville, NC. In 2005, he moved to Wilmington and then to Leland in 2009. He has been leading and developing the PODS business in Eastern North and South Carolina for 14 years and is proud to be part of the growth in our community.
John Lerch, President
Vice President of Outside Plant Operations
Atlantic Telephone Membership Corporation (ATMC)
John is a 38-year veteran of the telecommunication industry and has resided in Brunswick County since 2012. Originally from Virginia, he worked for C&P Telephone, Bell Atlantic and Verizon. He joined the ATMC team in 2015.
Work Order/Inventory Coordinator
Brunswick Electric Membership Cooperative (BEMC)
Jenny earned her Bachelors of Business Administration from Averett University located in her hometown of Danville, Virginia. She worked for Piedmont Electric Membership Cooperative located in Hillsborough, North Carolina for over 14 years. In 2014, she relocated to Brunswick County and is currently employed at Brunswick Electric Membership Cooperative. She loves working for the electric cooperative simply because they give back to the community that they serve.
After 40 years of working in the grocery business and having the wonderful experience of meeting thousands of amazing people, Dan wanted to extend his knowledge of the opportunities that are available in the North Brunswick area. He worked in Leland for the first time in 1979, coming back in 1984 and finally from 2000 to 2017. He had the privilege of seeing what good people have brought and built in the area. The Chamber "allows me to see the challenges that are being addressed and the growth that continues to come to our area."
Terms Ends 2020
Senior Mortgage Banker
Atlantic Bay Mortgage of Leland
Ryan is very passionate about home ownership and strives tirelessly to help people obtain a mortgage. He has been in the mortgage industry for 6+ years and loves what he does. Ryan is originally from Rhode Island. He and his wife moved to Leland in 2015 and have since had two children. He has made Leland his home and is excited about all the growth in the community.
Brandon Korman, Secretary
Chief Tropical Officer
Tropical Smoothie of Belville, Midtown and Porters Neck
Entrepreneur, Investor, Father, Husband, and Overall Funnyman. Brandon brings a diverse background of over a decade of corporate experience in research, marketing, data & analytics, and management. He now owns Tropical Smoothie Cafes, managing a 40+ team over three stores with the same goal - quality, speed, accuracy, and TROPITUDE.
Director of Business Development
Startegic Behavioral Center - Wilmington
Jacob is a graduate of Auburn University. He started working for Strategic Behavioral Health in 2014 and fund a passion for helping people struggling with mental illness. He joined the Chamber of Commerce to become more involved in spreading awareness of mental illness and removing the stigma associated with it.
Business Development Officer & Vice President
First Bank of Leland
Suzanne has over 19 years of experience in leadership excellence, sales, developing relationships and growing profitability within her company.
Tyler Wittkofsky, Vice President
Public Information Officer
Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO
Tyler is a Leland native born and raised. He received his Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and is working on his Masters of Business Administration. In addition to serving on the Board for the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce, he is also on the Board for Communities in Schools of Brunswick County, the President of the Brunswick Community College Alumni Association, an active member of area youth baseball leagues, and frequently volunteers his time at local middle and high schools. He was named one of Brunswick County's Future 10 in 2017 and the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce's Young Professional of the Year in 2018 for his passion for helping others discover the jewel that is Northern Brunswick County.
Terms Ends 2021
Susan Cruse, Treasurer
Susan has a 29-year career in banking and has resided in Brunswick County with her husband since 2000. Originally from Tarboro, she began her career working for Peoples Bank & Trust and joined Select Bank & Trust in 2015. She has degrees in Business Administration, Accounting, and Business Management & Organization Development. She enjoys watching and helping both individuals and business succeed in their financial goals.
Farm Bureau Insurance
Ryan Huffman is a native North Carolinian who received his Bachelor degree from East Carolina University and his Master if Arts in Teaching degree from UNC Wilmington. After graduating, Ryan spent nearly a decade working for Brunswick County Schools as a teacher, coach, and member of the administrative team. Ryan is currently a successful agent with Farm Bureau Insurance in Leland where he was named a 2015 Top-Ten Rookie Agent, and has been multi-year Farm Bureau All-Star recipient for the company. He remains involved with the school system and is the Booster Club President at North Brunswick High School. Ryan met his wife Julia while both were at UNC Wilmington, and they have a two-year-old daughter and six-year-old black lab mix.
Kent & Co.
Lee was born in New Bern, North Carolina and grew up in Jacksonville, North Carolina. He spent some of his career in South Georgia and North Florida while working as a manager, district manager, and division manager for Waffle House. He then moved to Leland in 1997 where he has opened sever small businesses. He currently owns and operates Kent and Co. Boutique, Brodee Dogs and five Vapor Shack retail locations. He has been a member of the Masonic Lodge since 1993, the Shrine Club since 2005, and founded and served as the president for five years of the Leland Business Association in 2002. He is married with four children and seven grandchildren.
Director of Small Business Center
Brunswick Community College
April has 18 years' experience in business development, non-profits, and leadership. One of her many favorite quotes is "Chase the vision, not the money, the money will end up following you," Tony Hsieh, Zappos CEO.