Blue Ridge Mountain Host members and board of directors gathered on November 1st at the Asheville Chamber of Commerce for their annual Marketing conference as well as to celebrate their 23rd year of operations in Western North Carolina.  Melinda Massey, Board President, welcomed guest speakers Molly Oakman, of the Tryon International Equestrian Center and Boomer Sassmann of Big Boom Design.

As members enjoyed yummy box lunches provided by Packs Tavern/Asheville, Ms. Oakman gave a full update on the Equestrian Center’s acquisition of the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games (WEB), including projections for economic growth in the region that is expected.

Later in the afternoon, Boomer Sassmann provided the group with presentations and training on Google Web Tracking Analytics, Google Adwords and discussed grants that are available from Google for Non-Profit marketing.  His discussion points, notes outline and resource links can be found on his blog about the meeting found at:  https://bigboomdesign.com/news/speaking-events/nc-blue-ridge-annual-meeting-presentation.

The meeting concluded at 5pm with door prizes representing member businesses from all 10 counties being awarded, as well as networking over Lookout Brewing Beer and pretzels!

The next Board of Directors meeting and Networking event will happen on Tuesday, March 14th at the Tryon Equestrian Center campus at 5pm. Free h’ourdourves and a cash bar will be provided and a tour of the campus will begin around 5:45. All interested in membership are welcomed. RSVP to Pepper Parris.