Tarboro Chamber names new director


Elizabeth Burns, her desk still covered with congratulatory flowers after being named director of the Tarboro Edgecombe Chamber of Commerce, is all smiles when talking about the area's future.


Staff Writer

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Elizabeth Burns, who has been serving as the interim director of the Tarboro Edgecombe Chamber of Commerce, has officially been named as the director.

Chamber President Donna Dew notified the chamber membership of the selection committee’s recommendation and board decision in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

Burns joined the chamber staff as a part-time employee in 2016 and became a full-time staff member in January. In June, she assumed the responsibility of the duties of the director while the process was underway to select a replacement for former director Susan Freeman.

Burns is well-connected to Tarboro and is the daughter of Rob and Mitchel Burns and the granddaughter of Bob and Sheila Burns and Creighton and Frances Brinson.

Born in Raleigh, Burns attended school in Fuquay-Varina before her family returned to Tarboro. She graduated from Tarboro High School, where she was a member of the tennis team.

After graduation she attended Peace College in Raleigh, where she majored in business administration with an emphasis in marketing. She was in the first graduating class of what now is William Peace University in 2012.

Elizabeth and her partner, Sam Lewis, have a son, Joseph, and reside in Tarboro.

Burns said she is “So excited … so enthusiastic about the opportunities ahead” as she talked of what she called her “dream job.”

In addition to pulling everyone together to create a successful atmosphere for the chamber’s lone fundraising project of the year, the recently completed TECC Time Reverse Raffle, she also works with existing members, recruits new members and helps small and home-based businesses be more successful. She also is active with Facebook on behalf of the chamber and established the chamber’s presence on Instagram.

“We got the Instagram program started a while back,” Burns said. At that time, early on in her employment with the chamber, she also did the social media for Discover Edgecombe before that marketing went in another direction.

Burns said social media plays a big part in getting the word out about the chamber and its members.

She said she enjoys spending time with her son and partner, traveling and being near the water.

Like many people in Edgecombe County, she is excited about the prospects for the future with the pending arrival of Corning and Triangle Tire.

Additionally she has helped get the word out for the October visit of The Wall That Heals, which is being brought to Tarboro by the Edgecombe County Veterans Military Museum.

The chamber offices are located in the rear of Tarboro Town Hall. Beginning Sept. 2, the office will be open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 823-7241.