Assitant Director of Development
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Whit Whitmire is the Assistant Director of Development at Centro Hispano. He has a diverse resume of experience ranging from international internships in Spain and Chile to award-winning work with businesses in farming, food and beverage and sustainability. In 2014, Zagat named Whit one of Atlanta’s culinary game changers under the age of 30. He is adept at building brand recognition and driving sales for businesses and organizations through effective marketing and communications activities, collaborative partnerships and community engagement.
Having grown up between Buckhead in Atlanta and his family’s farm in Brasstown, North Carolina, Whit is a passionate proponent of both innovative urban planning and rural economic development. In 2015, he was selected to participate in the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Millennial Advisory Committee, and in 2019, he participated in the NC Rural Center’s Homegrown Leaders training program as a representative of Western North Carolina. Whit also has been an active volunteer and served on the boards of Slow Food Atlanta and Concrete Jungle Atlanta.
Before finishing his studies in marketing at Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business, where he was president of the American Marketing Association, Whit attended Sewanee: The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, where he studied natural resources and Spanish. At Sewanee Whit also was a member of the academic honor society, the Order of the Gownsmen, a veteran employee and student trainer with the Annual Loyalty Fund, a member of the Student Alumni Leadership Council (SALC) and president of the Sewanee chapter of the Society of American Foresters.
Whit resides in South Knoxville with his rescue dog, Peet, and adopted cat, Kilo. When he isn’t trying new restaurants and breweries around town, he can be found hiking nearby trails, foraging for wild food and working on his urban farm.