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Accolades flow at retirement party for TDA head | #retirement | #elderly | #seniors


Dozens of well-wishers filled a Cascades Mountain Retreat conference room Tuesday to bid farewell to a woman who spent the past decade helping to build a thriving local tourism industry.

Beth Carden, executive director of the Henderson County Tourism Development Authority, officially retires March 31. Her departure is leaving many of her colleagues, government officials and TDA staff and volunteers wondering how to fill a void left by someone who injected so much energy, enthusiasm and a cooperative spirit within the entire business community.

Gary Heisey, a savvy businessman who serves as the marketing and branding expert for his company, Branddoor.com, as well as executive director for Mission Acceleration, said he had mixed emotions about Carden’s retirement.

“I’ve known Beth for 20 years in a number of roles, and she’s been a wonderful resource for the community,” said Heisey, who also was director of the Small Business Center at Blue Ridge Community College.

Larry Rogers, executive director of Henderson County Partners for Economic Progress in Flat Rock, chats with Henderson County Tourism Development Authority Executive Director Beth Carden during Carden's retirement party Tuesday evening.

“She provided great leadership, but she’s leaving (the TDA) in a good place. I’m happy that she’s going to have the time to do things in retirement that she’s always wanted to do.”

Hendersonville Mayor Barbara Volk, who read a proclamation declaring March 31 “Beth Carden Day in Hendersonville” during Tuesday’s reception, agreed that Carden’s shoes will be hard to fill.

“It’s difficult to have change when everything is running so well,” Volk said. “She’s leaving at the top of her game.”

Hendersonville Mayor Barbara Volk reads a proclamation declaring March 31 "Beth Carden Day in Hendersonville," the last day Carden serves as executive director of the Henderson County Tourism Development Authority.

Several others voiced similar accolades, including Flat Rock Vice Mayor Anne Coletta, who described Carden as a busy and dedicated woman whose sense of humor helped her to win over people wherever she went.

“She’s done a lot to let tourists know what we have to offer in Flat Rock,” Coletta said.

Jamie Blount, a volunteer worker with the TDA for the past four years, said he enjoyed working for Carden because “she leaves you alone and let’s you do your job.”



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