Asheboro/Randolph Chamber selects new president

Adam Deathe will assume duties as president of the Asheboro/Randolph Chamber of Commerce later this summer. (Courtesy photo)

ASHEBORO – A man with international connections has been hired as the new president and chief executive officer of the Asheboro/Randolph Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber’s board of directors announced Wednesday that Adam Deathe will take the position that has been vacant since the end of October.

“I have been looking for the right community to build upon the skill sets that I have learned over the past several years and be a part of a growing area,” Deathe said in a statement released by the chamber.

Deathe has been president of Warroad Community Development in Warroad, Minnesota.

Deathe was born in England, earned a business administration degree from the University of Derby and Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology in New Zealand. His work career began as a financial dealer with IPS Capital Management in Bath, England, and later held positions in England with Anderselite, Oliver Thornton Recruitment and South Tyneside Council.

Deathe will begin his new role at the Asheboro/Randolph Chamber on July 15.

The months-long vacancy left a void combined with multiple staff departures since then. When there was a major announcement last week regarding plans for Ross Stores to build a distribution center in Randolph County and attract more than 850 jobs, the chamber in the county seat – when contacted – was unable to provide any additional information or insight on the topic.

The chamber initiated an executive search process last November following the resignation of Linda Brown, who took a position with Randolph Community College.

Kelly Heath, a past chair of the Asheboro/Randolph Chamber, has been serving as interim president. She’s also a member of the Asheboro City Council.

By Bob Sutton