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The Black Mountain-Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce announced its new executive director on June 17. 

Sharon Tabor, who served as the executive director of the Cave City Tourist & Convention Commission in Bowling Green, Kentucky, will step into the role on July 1. 

Tabor distinguished herself among candidates for her experience in Western North Carolina, where she owned a bed & breakfast in Asheville for over 10 years, according to a release from the chamber. She also served as the director of the Friends of L&N Depot Train Museum. 

"She has vast experience in developing programs to drive tourism and delivering value to constituents," the release stated. "She also has experience in the restaurant and retail industries." 

Tabor holds a bachelor and masters degree in business administration from Western Kentucky University. 

“I’m excited about returning to WNC and beginning this new chapter in Black Mountain,” Tabor said.

The Chamber’s search committee received assistance from Craft HR Solutions, LLC in the search for the new executive director.  Tabor was chosen from over 140 applicants.

“We are very fortunate to have found Sharon Tabor who has both the experience and skills required to fill this very important role in our community,” said Tonia Holderman, the president of the chamber board of directors. 

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