Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority Board

Buncombe County TDA Overview

As a public authority with a vital public purpose, the members of the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority carry on a long and proud legacy that started in 1983 and has inspired economic growth in Asheville, Buncombe County, and Western North Carolina for nearly 40 years.

The 11 volunteers who serve as members of the BCTDA board are appointed according to legislated criteria to provide professional expertise that ensures effective use of the occupancy tax for the people who live here.

  • Four members are appointed by Asheville City Council, four by the Buncombe County Commission, and one by the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce.
  • Seven members, including one vacation rental owner or vacation rental management owner, represent accommodations that collect the tax.
  • Two members represent non-lodging, tourism-related businesses; one executive from a ticketed tourist attraction and one restaurant, brewery, distillery, or wine owner, or executive director of a ticketed arts organization.
  • One member of the Buncombe County Commission and one member from City Council serve as non-voting, ex-officio board members.

The members of the BCTDA oversee the work of the Explore Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau to execute an extensive promotional program designed to attract visitors to Buncombe County. The Buncombe County TDA and Explore Asheville also manage the Tourism Product Development Fund, which provides grants to community projects.

Meet the Members of the BCTDA Board

Kathleen Mosher, Board Chair
Biltmore
Chamber Appointed
First hospitality job:
Marketing firm with hospitality clients

Brenda Durden, Vice Chair
Asheville Hotel Group
County Appointed
First hospitality job:
Front desk agent

Matthew Lehman, Treasurer of the Nonprofit
The Grand Bohemian Asheville
City Appointed
First hospitality job:
Bartender

Elizabeth Putnam
Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty
County Appointed
First service job:
Sales Clerk

Andrew Celwyn
Herbiary
City Appointed
First hospitality job:
College dining hall

Larry Crosby
The Foundry Hotel
City Appointed
First hospitality job:
Banquet server

Michael Lusick
FIRC Group, Inc.
City Appointed
First hospitality job:
Night auditor

Gary Froeba

HP Patel
BCA Hotels
County Appointed
First hospitality job:
Laundry attendant

Scott Patel
Pure Hospitality
County Appointed
First hospitality job:
Front desk agent

Sandra Kilgore - BCTDA Board Member

Councilmember Sandra Kilgore
Asheville City Council
Ex-Officio Member

Robert Pressley

Commissioner Robert Pressley
Buncombe County Commission
Ex-Officio Member