Board Members

Valerie Hillings, Ph.D., Chair
Director & CEO, North Carolina Museum of Art

Sharat Nagaraj, Vice Chair
President and CEO,

Sheri Erhart, Secretary 
Executive Vice President, CMC Hotels

Jay Mahan, Treasurer
President, Davidson and Jones Hotel Corporation

Mark Zimmerman, Immediate Past Chair
Corporate Director of Hotel Operations, TBC Hotels

Mike Smith, Board Member
President, Kane Realty Corporation

Michael Altman, Board Member
Assistant Professor of Practice and Director, Hospitality and Tourism Management
Meredith College

Melissa Chunn, Board Member
General Manager, Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel

Rob Elmore, Board Member
General Manager, ABC11/WTVD-TV

Dave Rose, Board Member
President, Deep South Entertainment 

Jason Smith, Board Member
Owner/Chef, 18 Restaurant Group

Julie B. Smith, Board Member
Vice Chancellor, External Affairs, Partnerships and Economic Development, North Carolina State University

Vickie Adamson, Wake County Board of Commissioners Liaison

Jonathan Melton, Raleigh City Council Liaison

Jeff Merritt, Centennial Authority Liaison

Kerry Painter, CFE, CEM, CMP, Convention Center Commission Liaison

Jack W. Smith, Town of Cary Liaison