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Chamber announces new Keep Kingsport Beautiful chief, membership events director

From staff reports • Dec 12, 2019 at 9:14 AM

KINGSPORT — The Kingsport Chamber has announced Sharon Hayes as the new Keep Kingsport Beautiful executive director and Stephanie Hernandez as the new membership events director.

Previously, Hayes served as the grants and redevelopment manager for the Kingsport Housing & Redevelopment Authority, and Hernandez served as the account executive with Holston Valley Broadcasting.

“Sharon and Stephanie are great additions to the Kingsport Chamber team,” Miles Burdine, Kingsport Chamber president & CEO said. “They are notable leaders with excellent track records in their professional careers and in the community. Their talent and experience will greatly benefit these important programs.”

Keep Kingsport Beautiful is a program of the Kingsport Chamber and its mission is to involve the community in responsible solutions for a clean and beautiful environment. Hayes’ duties include leading the program, event fundraising, creating and managing events, grant writing and serving as a strong environmental steward.

Hernandez’s role with the membership program is to secure new members and event sponsorships, create new events, manage events, build and maintain relationships with members, digital ad sales and selling other membership advertising opportunities.

About Sharon Hayes

Previously, Hayes served as a reporter and business editor for the Kingsport Times News for 26 years. She was responsible for business coverage and pagination.

Hayes is past president of the Kingsport Kiwanis Club and serves on the board of directors of United Way of Greater Kingsport. She is a member of the city of Kingsport’s Façade & Redevelopment Grants Committee, Mountain View United Methodist Church and is a 2006 graduate of Leadership Kingsport. Hayes has been the longtime secretary for the Keep Kingsport Beautiful council.

About Stephanie Hernandez

A native of Dickenson County, Va., Hernandez graduated from Ervinton High School in 1997 and the University of Virginia’s College at Wise in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a minor in mathematics.

Most recently, Hernandez was an account executive with Holston Valley Broadcasting, where she developed relationships with clients and provided individualized customer service to maintain longevity with businesses.

About the Kingsport Chamber

The Kingsport Chamber is composed of two nonprofit organizations: the Kingsport Chamber Foundation 501(c)(3) and Kingsport Chamber of Commerce 501(c)(6).

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