Committee Members

The Buncombe County TDA’s Tourism Product Development Fund Committee makes recommendations for funding projects that will generate new room nights for lodging facilities in Buncombe County, as mandated by state legislation. The Buncombe County TDA has invested in 46 cherished community projects through the TPDF grant program: greenways, outdoor recreation and sports facilities; spaces for the visual and performing arts; culture, history and heritage; family attractions and more.

TPDF Committee members are appointed by the Buncombe County TDA. A majority of the nine-member committee must be held by lodging representatives. The remainder of the committee shall be comprised of representatives with tourism, legal or financial expertise. Committee members can serve one partial and two full terms.

Jim Muth, Chair
Muth Management Inc. Consulting
Tourism Appointment

Ken Stamps, Vice Chair
Navitat Canopy Adventures & Adventure Pisgah
Tourism & Lodging Appointment

Jay Curwen
Nantahala Outdoor Center
Tourism Appointment

Brenda Durden
Asheville Hotel Group
Lodging Appointment & BCTDA Liaison

Gary Froeba 
The Omni Grove Park Inn
Lodging Appointment

Scott Kerchner
Element Asheville Downtown
Lodging Appointment

Fielding Lowe
Park National Bank
Finance Appointment

David McCartney
Hotel Arras
Lodging Appointment

Stephanie Moore
Center for Craft
Tourism Appointment

Interested in serving? Here’s how

If you wish to be considered for future service as a TPDF Committee member, please review our roles and responsibilities information page and submit your statement of interest with a request that it be held for future potential opportunities. TPDF Committee Roles & Responsibilities >>