New Additions Revitalize Local ABC Board

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Marcus Kimbrough and Beverly Thorpe join as new board directors while Monifa Drayton elevates to Board Chair to fulfill vacant seats on the Mecklenburg County ABC Board

CHARLOTTE — Mecklenburg County Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board swore in two new board directors, Marcus Kimbrough and Beverly Thorpe, and Board Chair Monifa Drayton, the first Black woman to hold this position in Board history, at its meeting on April 18, all of whom joined the organization to continue their community involvement efforts.

“We are honored to bring on community leaders like Marcus and Beverly while promoting Monifa to Board Chair to continue bettering our organization and the community. It’s truly a symbol of hope and progress for the organization and diverse vendors,” said Keva Walton, CEO of the Mecklenburg County ABC Board. “We are also grateful for former Board Chair Earl Leake and former Board Director Carl Daniel and their impact during their time.”

Board Chair Monifa Drayton, an award-winning leader and public speaker, joined the organization in 2018 as a director helping to guide the organization to reach unprecedented successes and deeper involvement in community engagement. For more than 20 years, she served in multiple leadership positions within the healthcare industry including operations and business development. Currently, she is the CEO of Drayton Leadership Group, LLC, specializing in leadership development, equity and inclusion.

Board Director Marcus Kimbrough is an experienced sales professional & operations leader who brings over 30 years of sales, marketing and operations experience to the Board. He’s currently Senior Strategist, Central Market at Atrium Health and has held multiple Vice President positions with companies like Levine Museum of the New South, Aideum Event Marketing, and the American Cancer Society.

Board Director Beverly Thorpe is a retired university administrator with over 25 years of extensive professional experience in strategic planning, grants and contracts administration, financial analysis and reporting, project management, compliance, and HR administration. Notable schools include New York University, Duke University and University of California, Berkeley. She’s also served on various boards including Durham County ABC Board and currently with Charlotte Metro Credit Union Foundation Board.

These additions to the Board fill positions previously held by former Board Chair Earl Leake who served since 2013 and former Board Director Carl Daniel who served since 2016.



The mission of the Mecklenburg County Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board is to manage the sale of distilled spirits by promoting excellence in customer service, fiscal responsibility, operational effectiveness, compliance with laws that govern the sale and use of alcoholic beverages and creating community partnerships to improve public health and safety. A self-sustaining entity, the Mecklenburg County ABC Board is not a government organization - it is a stand-alone organization formed by state law, independent of the county or city and its operations are completely funded by customer purchases and store profits. For more information, please visit

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