WEST JEFFERSON—Kitty Honeycutt is the new Executive Director of the Ashe County Chamber of Commerce. The decision to hire Honeycutt was made by the Board of Directors at a special called meeting this afternoon. Honeycutt will assume her new role on February 27.
The board appointed a Selection Committee from the Executive Committee to coordinate the search for a new Executive Director following the December passing of longtime Executive Director Cabot Hamilton. The search committee received numerous applications from well-qualified candidates and conducted formal interviews with the finalists for the position earlier this month.
“We were fortunate to have some excellent candidates for this position, and after thoughtful deliberation, the selection committee came to the consensus that Kitty was the right person for the job,” said Bob Washburn, Chair of the Ashe Chamber Board of Directors. “With a strong background in retail management, she also has been involved with small businesses for many years in agri-tourism as co-owner of her family’s Christmas tree farm and also manages two other businesses. Kitty brings fresh perspective, having extensive experience in training, leadership, special event planning and balancing a diverse schedule.”
Honeycutt is co-owner of Honeycutt Christmas Trees, Director and Instructor of Fleet Feet Cloggers and is an independent sales director with Mary Kay Cosmetics. She has served on the Member Services Committee of the Ashe Chamber since 2013 and is currently its chair, and has been on the Chamber Board of Directors since July 2016.
In her new role, Honeycutt will work under the direction of a 16-member board of directors and lead a staff of two. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned a degree in Radio, Television and Motion Pictures. She and her husband Larry operate Honeycutt Christmas Trees, established in 1978. She has worked with Mary Kay Cosmetics since 1994, and she formed Fleet Feet Cloggers in 1998. In the community, Honeycutt has organized annual clogging events, raising more than $26,000 to benefit local causes and charities, and she has actively volunteered with the Christmas in July Festival on community staging and event entertainment. The Honeycutts reside in the Idlewild community, and they have a daughter, Ashley. The Honeycutts are members of First Baptist Church.
“It’s an absolute honor to be selected to serve in this role, and I look forward to working with the board, businesses, residents and those new to Ashe County to build upon the Chamber’s many successes and to support the exciting things that are currently taking place in our community,” Honeycutt said. “I especially look forward to reaching out to the entire Chamber membership and working with the Chamber staff and volunteer board and committees to build an even better future for the organization and our community.”
The Ashe County Chamber of Commerce serves over 350 member businesses and organizations throughout the county and historically has been a valuable community resource in the areas of business and economic development, tourism, education and cultural advocacy. The Chamber’s mission is to promote the economic vitality of its membership and serve as the Ashe County visitor information center.