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James F. Kercheval, Executive Director

Office: 301-733-8811 | Fax: 301-733-1432

     James F. Kercheval (Jim) was born and raised in Washington County, MD.  He is married to his wife of 20 years, Clair, and has three sons: Jacob (17), Garrett (14) and Luke (10).  Jim graduated from Smithsburg High School in 1983, attended Hagerstown Community College, and received a B.A. degree in Mathematics/Computer Science from Shippensburg University in 1987. 

     Following college, Jim became partner in Em-Ing’s Broiled Foods, a restaurant/catering operation in Ocean City, MD. In 1990, he sold his share of the business, returned to Hagerstown, and opened Kerch’s Southern BBQ - a popular local favorite for 15 years. As a small businessman, Jim has been active in the Community serving in various local organizations including: Past President of the Hagerstown Jaycees, Washington County Chamber of Commerce, Hagerstown Rotary Club, Augustoberfest Charitable Foundation, Federal Little League, and Tristate Fellowship Church.  In 2000, Jim was selected as Washington County Chamber of Commerce’s Small Businessman of the Year.  He was later named Maryland Jaycees’ Outstanding Young Marylander in 2004, and MCHP/MSHH Volunteer of the Year in 2006.

     In 2002, Jim ran for political office and was elected to serve as a Washington County Commissioner.  He served two terms, from 2002-2010, focusing his energy on various educational, planning and transportation initiatives.  As Commissioner, Jim served in a leadership capacity on: the Planning Commission, Hagerstown Eastern Panhandle Metropolitan Planning Organization, Tri County Council, Local Management Board, Economic Development Commission, Maryland Association of Counties, I-81 Corridor Coalition, Black Rock Golf Board, and the Western Maryland Consortium, and was a Governor’s appointee to the MD Business Tax Reform Commission in 2008.  

     In 2010, Jim retired from public office and was hired as the Executive Director of The Greater Hagerstown Committee where he currently serves today.  The Greater Hagerstown Committee (GHC) is a corporate body of business and civic leaders who apply their time, talent, and resources to identify needs in the community and serve as a catalyst for consensus and change.  GHC functions as a 501c3 organization funded solely on the dues from its members.  Since its creation in 1987, GHC has worked with governmental bodies and community organization to recruit the people, identify the resources, and craft the conversation necessary to advance initiatives that make our region a better place to live, work, and play. 


Dawn Hoover-Miller, Executive Assistant

Office: 301-733-8811