Elizabeth Putnam to replace Leah Wong Ashburn on Buncombe TDA board

Elizabeth Putnam, a realtor with Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty, was appointed to the board of the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority by the County Board of Commissioners on November 15.

ASHEVILLE — Elizabeth Putnam will replace Leah Wong Ashburn on the board of the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority after being appointed by Buncombe County Commissioners on November 15.

Ashburn, who is the chairman and chief executive of Highland Brewing, has served two consecutive terms on the board, the maximum allowed by TDA bylaws. Commissioners interviewed seven candidates for the position before voting at the Nov. 15 meeting for Putnam, who is a real estate agent with Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty.

“I’m honored to represent the community I serve,” Putnam told the Citizen Times. “I have a lot to learn and I can’t wait to get started.”

Leah Wong Ashburn of Highland Brewing Co.

Putnam garnered support from four of the six commissioners present, with Newman, Al Whitesides, Amanda Edwards and Parker Sloan supporting her. Terri Wells and Robert Pressley endorsed two other candidates. Commissioner Jasmine Beach-Ferrara was not at the meeting.

“I appreciate everyone who applied and congratulations to Elizabeth. She will be the new appointee representing the short-term rental position on the board,” said chairman Brownie Newman.

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