Leadership Team

We're a team of professionals working with the business professionals of the Lake Norman region, from those in the corporate community to those in the medical community, from those in retail to those in real estate and recreation. You can visit our staff in our offices at 19900 West Catawba Avenue in Cornelius or reach any of us by calling (704) 892-1922.


William E. Russell, CCE, IOM

President & CEO

Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce
704.892.1922 ext. 205

Bill Russell, the president and chief executive officer of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, is a resident of Huntersville, NC. Bill attended Winthrop University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. He is a native of Rock Hill, South Carolina. He served in 1992-1993 as the 73rd President of the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees).

Bill serves on the Boards of Visit Lake Norman, Hugh Torance House & Store, Our Towns Habitat for Humanity, Lake Norman EDC, the Ada Jenkins Center, and United States Jaycee Foundation. He is a past president of the Lake Norman Kiwanis Club and the Carolinas Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. He is also a member of the North Mecklenburg Rotary Club. In 1996, he was recognized with the Order of the Palmetto, the highest honor bestowed upon a citizen in the State of South Carolina for his civic involvement. He is a graduate of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Organizational Management and a Fellow with the N.C. Institute of Political Leadership. In 2008, Bill achieved his Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) designation with ACCE.

Sylvia Spury

Executive Vice President & COO

Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce
704.892.1922 x201

Sylvia has over 20 years of chamber of commerce experience and will be assisting with membership growth, retention, administrative duties, events and programs.  State of NC Notary Public.   She served as Special Events Coordinator and Community Development for the Mooresville Chamber of Commerce for 18 years where her primary duties included working with volunteers, high school shadowing program, public relations, women's network, website, social media, marketing and communications.  Prior to that Sylvia worked for the Marlborough Chamber of Commerce in Massachusetts as Executive Assistant to the President.  She has attended the United States Chamber of Commerce institute for Organizational Management and Professional Development, and is a graduate of the Mooresville Police Dept Citizen's Academy.  A New England transplant Sylvia and her husband Dave have two daughters and three grandchildren.   

Jack Stevens

Membership Services

Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce
704.892.1922 EXT. 204

Jack is the "go-to" guy for information regarding:

  • Networking events
  • Event sponsorship and marketing opportunities
  • Ribbon cuttings
  • Membership education programs including seminars, workshops, and professional development

He's also responsible for the membership benefit programs, as well as membership contact information, membership renewals and new members. Prior to working at the Chamber, Jack spent 30+ years as a retail banker in the San Francisco Bay Area.  There he served as Senior Vice President and also served on the Bank's Board of Directors.  In 1989-90, he served as president of his local Rotary Club and was very involved with his church.  He and his wife Vickie moved to the beautiful lake region for a complete change of pace.  In addition to his position at the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, Jack is an active Board Member of H.O.H.T (Helping Others Help Themselves - a local employment training and job bank.

Gail Williams

V.P. Investor Engagement

Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce
(704) 892.1922

Gail Williams, a longtime sales professional in the Charlotte – Lake Norman market, has joined the staff of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce as Vice President of Investor Engagement. Williams was previously the Sales and Marketing Director for Business Today / Cornelius Today for nine years and was a Classified Advertising Manager for the Charlotte Business Journal from 2010 to 2012.  Gail graduated from the Lake Norman Chamber’s Leadership Lake Norman and co-chaired the Junior Leadership program in 2016. Active in many of the Chamber’s programs such as the Lake Norman Diversity Division, Power Luncheon series, and Focus Fridays, she is expected to play a significant role in the creation of new chamber programs and membership benefits.

Richard Pappas

2020 Chairman of the Board

First National Bank

Tricia Sisson

2019 Past Board Chair

The Range at Lake Norman

Erika Erlenbach

2020 Board of Directors
2021 Chair Elect

Milazzo Webb Law, PLLC

Douglas Marion

2020 Board of Directors, Finance Chair

Advanced Wealth Strategies

Dale Gillmore

2020 Board of Directors
Business Growth, Vice Chair

Quest - Business Succession and Exit Planning

Jim Vogel

2020 Board of Directors
Communications & Marketing, Vice Chair

I.M.U. Social Media LLC

Sam James

2020 Board of Directors / Community Affairs Vice Chair

James Funeral Home

David Keith

2020 Board of Directors
Membership Programs & Services, Vice Chair

Artisan Signs and Graphics

Jeff Tarte

2020 Board of Directors
Public Policy, Vice Chair

Zennergy, LLC

 2020 Board of Directors

 Jason Colvin - Jason Colvin State Farm Insurance 
 Karen Bentley -  Bentley Consulting Group                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     John Crutchfield 
 - Duke Energy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Joshua Dobi, CFP - North Main Financial Group, LLC  
 Joe Labovitz - Atrium Health (Carolina's HealthCare System)                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Roger Layman - RLA Architecture, pllc
 Karen Tovar,  The Tovar Group 
 Mike Riley - Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center
 David Sitton (Commissioner), Town of Davidson 

 Dan Boone (Commissioner), Town of Huntersville) 
 Tricia Sisson, (Commissioner) Town of Cornelius

 Ex-Officio Members

 Sally Ashworth, CDME -  Executive Director, Visit Lake Norman
 Ivonne Reed (Lake Norman Education Collaborative) - LaunchPoint Consulting
 Major Pat Brown  (Lake Norman Diversity Council) - CPCC Merancas Campus, Public Safety
 Jennifer Kraftchick  (Lake Norman Young Professionals) 
 Ryan McDaniels, Executive Director - Lake Norman Regional Economic Development Corp.                                                                                                                                                             Brian Sisson  The Range At Lake Norman

Holly Zienka, Finance Director  Holly serves as the bookkeeper for the Chamber overseeing the financial operations including membership receivables and payables. Holly has worked over 15 years in both public and corporate accounting sectors. She has focused on non-profit accounting over the last several years with various non-profits and churches. Holly attended Central CT State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. She resides in Mount Pleasant with her husband and 2 children.