NC Chamber hires familiar face for government affairs role

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RALEIGH — The NC Chamber, which is North Carolina’s top business advocate, has named Jake Cashion as the organization’s vice president of government affairs. 

Cashion returns to the organization after leaving to lead a team expansion of an Allen Tate realtors team he runs with his wife, Brooke. He worked as the at Brooke Cashion and Associates – Allen Tate, a business he runs with his wife, Brooke. He spent six years at the NC Chamber from 2011 through 2017 and was a director of government affairs. In his tenure he helped lead unemployment insurance reform efforts, the “NC Can’t Afford to Wait” campaign to achieve transportation funding reform, tort reform and other significant business issues. Cashion’s new role lead lobbying, advocacy and political efforts. 


“It is great to welcome Jake back to the NC Chamber team. Jake has a stellar reputation as a coalition builder and tireless advocate for policies that make our state a great place to live and work,” said Gary J. Salamido, president and CEO of the NC Chamber.  

The return of Cashion allows the NC Chamber’s General Counsel, Ray Starling, to focus on the NC Chamber Legal Institute full-time. The CLI develops legal strategies to protect job creators from threats originating within the court system. 

“Ray can now solely focus his expertise on the issues affecting the North Carolina business climate being brought through the courts. This shift broadens the expertise of our already formidable team and will only strengthen our ability to best represent North Carolina’s job creators everywhere policy is shaped,” Salamido added.