The mission of the Asheville Downtown Association is to be The Voice of Downtown and to promote and support quality economic, cultural and residential development of downtown Asheville.
Created in 1987, the Asheville Downtown Association is a non-profit organization committed to the preservation and improvement of the central business district. Through programs and annual objectives, the association works to make Downtown Asheville the center of commerce, culture, government and leisure.
Together, the Asheville Downtown Association board and members support the vitality of downtown through public advocacy, political involvement and community events. Membership is open to any person or organization interested in supporting the downtown community. Members reflect a wide variety of residents, property owners, business professionals, retailers and restaurants.
The Asheville Downtown Association is a 501(c)(6) and The Asheville Downtown Association Foundation is a 501(c)(3).
Our Board of Directors
Adrian Vassallo, President (Dixon Hughes Goodman)
Brian Yates, Vice President (The Brite Agency)
Chris Bubenik, Secretary (WCQS)
Carmen Cabrera, Treasurer (Mast General Store)
Byron Greiner, Past President (Dwell Realty Group)
Board of Directors
Brian Alexander (Homeward Bound)
Dwight Butner (Vincenzo’s Ristorante & Bistro)
Anthony Cerrato (Strada Italiano)
Ben Colvin (WildSouth)
Joe Eckert (Jack of the Wood/Laughing Seed Cafe)
Rick Jackson (McGuire Wood & Bissette)
Kimberly Laughter (Asheville Savings Bank)
Cate Marvill (Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau)
Lauri Nichols (Mission Health)
Melissa Porter (Asheville Event Company)
Hesper Shallcross (MindBodyWork)
Warren Stephenson (Downtown Volunteer)
Ruth Summers (The Grove Arcade)
Liz Whalen Tallent (The Orange Peel)