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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.

Our Mission is to EDUCATE our business owners so they have the knowledge necessary to operate and keep up with the changing times , ADVOCATE for our members when issues arise that are above and beyond their expertise, and to give our business members the tools to EMPOWER them to go above and beyond in order to succeed.

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 four 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 owns her own marketing company, The Ferris Agency,  and uses her 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 has 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. Her plans for the Chamber include: Providing Education for our Business Members, Advocating for the local businesses and Empowering them to 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


Lisa swooped in and saved the day after a computer crash and we could not be more grateful! She was quickly nominated as Treasurer and has since been keeping our books in order.

Lisa hails from Rhode Island, where she served on numerous boards and organizations. She has been in the area for almost 7 years, with a background in Property Management Accounting and a licensed Notary (and her cookies are AMAZING)! 

Brenda Leidholdt


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

Shawnelle Jones

Board Member

Shawnelle Jones is the Special Events and Communications Coordinator for the Town of Hope Mills Parks and Recreation Department. She is a native of Fayetteville, NC and brings 3+ years municipal government experience and over 10 years of event planning experience. She is a Certified Event Planner, an International Certified Wedding Planner and a Certified Sandals Resort Specialist. 

What she loves most about her job is that she gets to express herself and showcase her unique talents creatively thru developing and executing different types of events, bringing people together and creating lasting memories. As a member of the Hope Mills Chamber, she strives to build business to business relationships and enhance the quality of life for her family and all the residence of Hope Mills. When Shawnelle is away from work you will find her at home in her craft room or enjoying time with her family.

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

Connie is the owner of Bath Snob. Her business ideas and recommendations have been vital to the chamber, and her bubbly demeanor and outgoing personality bring an added bonus to any event!

Jerel McGeachy

Board Member

Jerel is an active member of the Hope Mills Community. He is the Chair for the Prime Movers committee, which advises the Hope Mills Board of Commissioners  on issues relevant to the attraction, retention and engagement of Hope Mills residents between the ages of eighteen to thirty-nine.

Katy Lollis

Board Member

General Sales Manager at Beasley Broadcast Group

Melissa Reid

Board Member

Melissa Reid is the Director of Resource Development for United Way of Cumberland County. Before working for United Way, she was the Publisher of the Apartment Finder magazine for 13 years. She is a native of Fayetteville and loves her community.  

Melanie Armstrong

Board Member