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  • Greater Fayetteville Chamber Appoints Shari Fiveash As New President & CEO

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    May 03, 2021
    Brian Pearce
    Board Chairman
    Greater Fayetteville Chamber
    May 3, 2021

    Greater Fayetteville Chamber Appoints Shari Fiveash As New President & CEO

    FAYETTEVILLE NC – The Greater Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Sharon Fiveash has been selected as the Chamber’s new President & CEO.  On March 16, 2021, the Chamber’s Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve Fiveash for the position after a search committee that reported to the Executive Committee had conducted an extensive nationwide search.  Shari, as she prefers to be called, will begin work in her new position on May 3. Fiveash is an accomplished strategy executive with over 30 years of proven leadership in the Chamber and Tourism industries. She has had repeated success in strategic planning, association management, community building, economic development, Chamber programs, fundraising and development, meeting and event planning, consulting, and community retention.

    “Sharon Fiveash’s extensive 30+ years’ experience in building sustainable relationships with businesses, government, economic development, community leaders and lobbying, makes her the resounding choice to lead the Greater Fayetteville Chamber into the future,” said Tammy Thurman, Vice Chairman of the Board and Head of the Search Committee. “On behalf of the search committee leaders who have been working on this multilayer process we are grateful to Christine Michaels for her leadership and Taneshia Kerr in her role as interim.”

    Fiveash has served numerous Chambers across the country including Lexington KY, Branson MO, Chillicothe MO, and South Windsor CT where she also served as the Economic Developer for the Town of South Windsor. Holding positions from CEO to Executive Vice President/COO and directly responsible for 7-million-dollar budget with matching grants program. Additionally, provided consulting assistance to the Central Kentucky Chambers of Richmond, Liberty, Danville, Lincoln County, and Woodford County, and CT River Valley Chamber.

    Chair of the Chamber’s Board Brian Pearce, said, “We had many strong candidates from throughout the country.  Sharon Fiveash was the ideal choice. From being the EVP of the Chamber in Branson MO to the Economic Developer while running the Chamber in CT. She brings more than 30+ years of diverse business experience: combined with experience in marketing, sales, fundraising, economic development and lobbying make Fiveash uniquely positioned to represent every stakeholder in Fayetteville.  We are pleased to welcome Shari to Fayetteville NC and feel that her leadership and proven track record will complement the Chamber’s staff and keep the organization on a path of success and ever-increasing achievements.”

    Shari was born in Miami FL but spent most of her younger years in Kansas City Missouri and later in Columbia, where she is a graduate of the University Missouri. She and her husband Randy, within their blended family, have five children, spread from California to New Jersey and points in between, and two beautiful granddaughters.
    For media inquiries, contact Brian Pearce, Greater Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce Board Chair, at 910-483-8133 or e-mail: chairman@faybiz.

    About the Greater Fayetteville Chamber (www.faybiz.org)
    The Greater Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce is a robust advocate for the economic success of its business members and community.   The Chamber promotes Fayetteville’s’ a lively business climate through economic development, public policy, entrepreneur initiatives and benefits to members.  The Chamber is dedicated to cultivating sustainable relationships business and personal, creating economic opportunity and enhancing the quality of life in this region.