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.

Board of Directors

Executive Board

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


    • Sandra Simmons
      Ronda Representative
    • George Smith
      Copper Barrel Distillery
    • John Cothren
      Cooperative Extension Agent
    • Matthew Daye
      Surrey Bank
    • Ron Wilcox
      Samaritan's Purse
    • Shelmer Blackburn
      The Ruby Pardue Blackburn Adult Day Health Care Center
    • Luke Mathis
      Mathis Concrete