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S&A Cherokee Founder Ron Smith Announces Retirement

Ron Smith, founder of the communications company S&A Cherokee in Cary, has announced his retirement effective January 1, 2018. He will remain as a part owner of the company, having slowly ceded the day-to-day operational duties over the past year to Chuck Norman, APR, and Bill Zadeits, two other owners/principals.

Smith will remain a member of the management team, which includes Norman, Zadeits, Amanda Dunlap and Michael Colborn. The company has about 40 full- and part-time employees.

Smith founded Smith and Associates in 1982 and later started Cherokee Publishing Company in 1990. Smith and Associates was a full-service public relations firm and Cherokee Publishing produced magazines. Smith rebranded the company as S&A Cherokee in 2005 when all activities were established as one business entity.

S&A Cherokee now houses two divisions: S&A Communications, a public relations and marketing firm, and Cherokee Media Group, publisher of numerous print and digital publications, and organizer of several automotive industry trade conferences in the United States and Canada.

Learn more on the S&A Cherokee website.

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Kate MacMonagle is the Membership Services Director at the Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce. With skills ranging from project management to client services, Kate has the knowledge and experience to handle the changing needs of the Chamber and its members. Her duties for the Chamber include communications, event-planning, and membership support services. She is a Fuquay-Varina resident and enjoys being part of the growth and development of the town she calls home.
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