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. “Bill” 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.

Holly Zienka

Finance Director

Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce
(704) 892.1922

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.

Tricia Sisson

2019 Board of Directors
2019 Board Chair

The Range at Lake Norman

Joshua Dobi, CFP

2019 Board of Directors
2018 Past Board Chair

North Main Financial Group

Richard Pappas

2019 Board of Directors
Finance & Operations, Vice Chair
2020 Board Chair Elect

First National Bank

John Crutchfield

2019 Board of Directors
Business Growth, Vice Chair

Duke Energy

Jim Vogel

2019 Board of Directors
Communications & Marketing, Vice Chair

I.M.U. Social Media LLC

Roger Layman

2019 Board of Directors
Community Affairs, Vice Chair

Labella, PC

David Keith

2019 Board of Directors
Membership Programs & Services, Vice Chair

Artisan Signs and Graphics

Jason Colvin

2019 Board of Directors
Public Policy, Vice Chair

Colvin Insurance & Financial Services, Inc.

2019 Board of Directors

Titus Bartolotta - Collaborative Solutions Group 
Karen Bentley -  Bentley Consulting Group 

Erika M. Erlenbach -  Milazzo Webb Law

Dale Gillmore - Quest Business Succession and Exit Planning 
Sam James - James Funeral Home 
Shelley Johnson - LePage Johnson Realty - exp Realty
Joe Labovitz - Atrium Health (Carolina's HealthCare System)
J.A. (Jay) Lesemann, Jr, CPA  Lesemann CPA PLLC
Douglas Marion - Advanced Wealth Strategies

Jeff Tarte -  Zennergy, LLC 
Mike Riley - Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center
Matt Fort (Commissioner), Town of Davidson 

Dan Boone (Commissioner, Town of Huntersville) Alt: Danny Phillips
Thurman Ross (Commissioner, Town of Cornelius) Alt: Denis Bilodeau

Ex-Officio Members

Sally Ashworth, Executive Director - Visit Lake Norman
Steve Gilbert (Lake Norrman Education Collabrative) - Omega Learning Center of LKN
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.