The Transylvania Economic Alliance is a public-private, 501(c)3 non-profit that serves as a coordinated, professional Economic Development organization for Transylvania County, City of Brevard and Town of Rosman.

Mission Statement

To lead responsible economic development, through engaging the private and public sectors to develop community assets that are needed to maximize opportunities for investment and quality job creation.

Vision Statement

To achieve a dynamic business climate resulting in stable, well-paying jobs and opportunities allowing residents to live fulfilling lives in a thriving place.

Board of Directors

Brian Traylor
Gaia Herbs
(Brevard/Transylvania Chamber of Commerce Appointee)

John Shoemaker
Vice Chair
Trestle Gap Farm
(Transylvania County Appointee)

Jim Cruickshank
Retired Healthcare Executive
(At Large)

Hannah Camenzind
Ramsey, Pratt & Camenzind
(At Large)

Amber Webb
Past Chair
First Citizens Bank
(At Large)

Dr. Bradley Andrews
Brevard College
(Ex Officio)

Aaron Baker
Brevard City Council
(Ex Officio)

Shelia Carland
(At Large)

Brian Carrington
The North Face
(At Large)

Jake Dalton
Transylvania County Commissioner
(Ex Officio)

Mike Hawkins
Pisgah Enterprises
(Transylvania County Tourism Development Appointee)

Kevin Howell
Davidson River Outfitters
(At Large)

Steve Hunting
Parker Poe Adams
& Bernstein LLP

(At Large)

Dr. Laura Leatherwood
Blue Ridge Community College
(Ex Officio)

John Nichols
The Nichols Company
(Heart of Brevard Appointee)

Cindy Petit
Petit Properties
(At Large)

Al Platt
(City of Brevard Appointee)


Burton Hodges
Executive Director

Rachel Broadbent
Marketing and Communications Director