The Wilkes Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors meets on the second Friday of each month at 8 a.m., except the month of July. The meetings are open to the public. Please let us know if you would like to be added to our monthly email reminder.

If you are interested in serving on the Wilkes EDC Board, please submit an application for consideration. Applications must be received by March 15 to be considered for terms that begin July 1.

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Board of Directors

Executive Board

  • Dale Isom, Chairman
    Spectrum Hospitality, LLC
  • Terry Bumgarner, Vice-Chairman
    Bumgarner Services
  • Brett Cothren, Past Chairman
    Oakwoods Properties, LLC | Blue Ridge Real Estate Group, LLC
  • Keith Elmore
    Wilkes County Representative
  • Russ Ferree
    Wilkesboro Representative
  • Andrew Palmer
    North Wilkesboro Representative


    • Sandra Simmons
      Ronda Representative
    • John Cothren
      Cooperative Extension Agent
    • Ron Wilcox
      Samaritan's Purse
    • Shelmer Blackburn
      The Ruby Pardue Blackburn Adult Day Health Care Center
    • Luke Mathis
      Mathis Concrete
    • Amy Blair
      Blair Properties
    • Joe Johnston
      Johnston Casual Furniture
    • Cindy Thompson
      Fortress Management
    • Lesa Hensley
      Surrey Bank/First Community Bank