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Hope Mills Area Chamber of Commerce

Our Mission

The mission of the Hope Mills Area Chamber of Commerce is to sustain and further develop a thriving economy and to enhance our community's quality of life. We work hard to support the interests of the local business community.

We invite you to join and take advantage of the many opportunities we offer. Come find out why Hope Mills is one of the fastest growing towns in America!

Our Board

Meet our board for the Hope Mills Area Chamber of Commerce!

Casey Ferris


Casey Ferris has served on the board for three years, two of them as Vice President. "I’m a firm believer in being proactive and investing in our community. We are all in this together and it’s time to start working towards a common goal."

Casey is the Marketing Director for U-TECK, a locally owned Supplier and Manufacturer of Fiber Optic Equipment and more. She also own my own marketing company and have used my knowledge to help educate local businesses owners on how they can market their businesses in the digital age. During her two years as Vice President, she have been able to work with the business owners of Hope Mills and the surrounding area toward the mutually beneficial goal of seeing Hope Mills grow and succeed.

Karcie Lowe

Vice President

Karsie Lowe is the Marketing Manager at Bubba's 33 and has been a longtime chamber member, and supporter. You're sure to have seen her at a Chamber Luncheon, and on our Facebook Lives. She is involved with not only the Hope Mills Chamber, but the Fayetteville Chamber and so much more!

Karsie is hardworking and brings new fresh ideas to the table. She is always willing to lend a hand, or arrange a partnership on behalf of the Chamber or Bubbas. During her last two years on the chamber board she has been an invaluable asset - From volunteering at events to Sponsoring Luncheons. 

Lisa Bastic-Penardo


Elizabeth Blevins


Shawnelle Jones

Interm Secretary

Shawnelle Jones is the owner and creative director of Elegantly Posh Designs by

Shawnelle. She is Professionally certified, with over five years of experience. 

As well as being a Hope Mills Chamber member, She also serves on the Town of Hope Mills Special Events Board , Fayetteville Ladies Power Lunch Board ,

Vision Resource Center Board  and is a Fayetteville Divas Doing Business


"My highest honor is the title of a mother and wife. My incredible journey has been

much more gratifying because of the love I share with my family. This remarkable

bond continuously inspires me to do more, be more, live more, but above all give

more. My goal is simple – to serve my community and to assist you in

achieving a successful event that is a true reflection of you!"

Grilley James Mitchell

Board Member

Grilley James Mitchell

Grilley served twenty years in the US military, retired from Fort Bragg, NC 1993. Volunteer with the ALMS House serving as the Program Coordinator Love Lunch Ministry of Hope Mills. Bachelor of Science Degree in (Psychology), Very active in the community. Chairman for the Hope Mills Veterans Affairs Committee, Served as chairman for the Hope Mills Festival committee. Have been a part of several other committees within the Hope Mills community. Lifetime membership with several military organizations: Disable American Veterans, Non-Commissioned Officers Association, AMVETS, The Retired Enlisted Association, VFW and American Legion. I have a passion for being involved, with team building, working to find common ground to improve the community. I look forward to serving on the Chamber board to help develop, improve and grow business in the community.

Joe Shepherd

Board Member

Nolan Clark

Board Member

Nolan is the owner of The Roof Mentors. He is originally from Statesboro Georgia and alumni of Georgia Southern University. He has only been in the Hope Mills area for a little over a year and looks forward to putting roots down and making a difference in the community. In his spare time, you will most likely find him on a golf course or watching some sort of sporting event. Nolan has never met a stranger so please come up and say hi when you meet him!

Connie Rushing

Board Member

Brenda Leidholdt

Board Member

Brenda Leidholdt is the Business Development Manager for BluSky Restoration Contractors in Fayetteville, NC. She has been with the company since January 6, 2020. BluSky is a nationwide company with 35 offices throughout the United States that specializes in Restoration, Renovation, Environmental and Roofing. They provide emergency services as well a rebuild services for single family, commercial, industrial, governmental, and multifamily clients.

Previous to BluSky, Brenda was a Regional Manager for a third-party multifamily management company for seven years, and oversaw several apartment communities in Fayetteville, NC. She has been a licensed Real Estate Broker in North Carolina since 2005.

She serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Fayetteville Apartment Association as the Membership Chair and is on the Education and Suppliers Council for the Apartment Association of North Carolina. She is also a member of, and involved in the North Carolina Healthcare Engineers Association, the Greater Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce, and the Defense Alliance of North Carolina.

Brenda is a longtime resident of Hope Mills for over 25 years and believes strongly in promoting local businesses in the area, donating, and assisting local charities, and helping to improve our already great community