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Board of Directors

Michael's Showside Grill


Michael Ward, Owner

  •  Michael's Showside Grill

  •  Essential Edibles Catering & Bakery

  •  Michael's Showside Lounge

The heavier you are the harder you are to kidnap, EAT CAKE!

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Vice President of Events

Karen White, Owner

Twin Oaks Farm

  • Great Pyrenees

  • Miniature Long Haired Dachshund

  • Bugs Away All Natural Products

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One Man's Treasure Auction


LeaAnne Hanel

Owner, One Man's Treasure Auction Co. 

102 W. Nash Decor

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Asstistant Treasurer

Sarah Brisbee


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Webbs Mill Events

Vice President

Cathy Curtis

Curtis Insulation Co.

Webb's Mill Event Venue

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Claris Bissette

Claris Bissette is a retired bookkeeper. She has worked in the accounting field since 1967. Included in her work experience is a bank teller, payroll clerk, accounts receivable clerk, accounts payable clerk,
sales representative, recording clerk, and finished her working career with 25 years as a bookkeeper.

In the 70‘s, Claris owned and operated Mallison’s Flower Shop in Spring Hope, NC. She still enjoys floral arranging for family and friends. Claris has served on the Boards of the Spring Hope Recreation, the
Spring Hope Golf Association, and now serves on the Spring Hope Area Chamber of Commerce Board. Her work experience is helping the Chamber in its accounting needs, as she now serves as their

Claris has three children, seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. She lives in Spring Hope and still works part-time in accounting.

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    Assistant Secretary

    Lisa Ward

    Owner, Clyde Marsden & Co.

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    President, Ex Officio

    Ethan Vester  -  Edwards, inc.

    Professionally, Ethan works as the lead Marketing and Communications Manager for local industrial general contractor, Edwards, Inc.  Prior to marketing, Ethan worked as a Business Development Manager and special projects engineer for the company. His work often leads to opportunities to encourage local site selection, facility expansion, and modernization of industrial companies, as well as welcoming new companies to the greater Nash County area.


    In July of 2021, Ethan was appointed to the Nash County Planning Board by the Nash County Commissioners.

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