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DRI Interim Named

September 17,2012



For Immediate Release – September 17, 2012


Contact:        Matthew Klepeisz

Phone:          (540) 342-2028, extension 11

Facsimile:    (540) 344-1452

E-mail:           matthewk@downtownroanoke.org


Downtown Roanoke, Inc. Board of Directors Appoint
Stephen Musselwhite Interim President


Roanoke, Va. – The Board of Directors for Downtown Roanoke, Inc. (DRI) has unanimously appointed Stephen Musselwhite to serve as interim President, following the recent resignation by acting President, Sean Luther. Musselwhite will take leave from his position as a member of the DRI board of directors during his duties, which will take effect October 3, to ensure a continuity of knowledge between leadership during this transition.


"The Board and I are very happy that Steve will be stepping into this temporary, but very important role,” said Curtis Mills, Jr., Chariman of DRI’s board of directors. “His dedication to DRI, his proven leadership skills, and his enthusiasm and love for Roanoke are exactly what we need during this transition."


Musselwhite served as Chair of the Board for DRI from 2011-2012 and during his tenure worked closely with DRI staff on a number of key initiatives including the expansion of the Downtown Service District.  Musselwhite joined the DRI Board of Directors in 2004. 


In addition to serving as interim President, Musslewhite will continue as the President of Musselwhite and Associates, Inc., and will be supported by Tina L. Workman, Vice President of Events and Operations.


For more information about DRI, visit downtownroanoke.org.


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Downtown Roanoke, Inc. is a tax-exempt member organization first chartered in 1960 to provide services and support to downtown property owners, businesses and residents.  DRI provides services throughout the Downtown Service District under a contract with the City of Roanoke and also manages the Historic Roanoke City Market, which is the oldest continuously-operating open air market in Virginia.  The Historic Roanoke City Market was recently voted one of the Top 20 Farmers Markets in the country by the American Farmland Trust.  DRI also presents a number of showcase events in downtown Roanoke including the Harvest Festival, and the SunTrust Dickens of a Christmas - a major holiday season street festival taking place each year on the first three Fridays of Dece

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