Carol Merchant Kirby
As owner and former chairman of the board of Merchant's Incorporated, Carol Merchant Kirby brings to the table a wealth of knowledge. Her leadership of the largest independent tire and automotive service business in the Mid-Atlantic region, and one of the largest nationally, enabled the corporation to place 59th in the top 500 women-owned businesses in the United States by Working Woman magazine in June 2001.
In addition to guiding Merchant's Incorporated to success, Ms. Kirby created the concept and developed the Hopkins Candy Factory in Manassas, a 1890s Virginia Historic Landmark building, as a Center for the Arts. She lobbied city council to introduce concepts, professional study, and historic preservation building plans for first-floor visual exhibitions and third-floor theater for plays and musical concerts.
Ms. Kirby is also the founder and charter president of the Virginia Main Street Program for downtown revitalization in Old Town Manassas, serving on the Board for twenty years. She is presently serving on the Executive Board of the Hylton Performing Arts Center, a project of Manassas City, Prince William County and George Mason University. In Washington, DC, she serves on The Trust for the National Mall, Women's Board. She sits on the George Mason Board of Visitors.
Ms. Kirby earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Government at the University of West Florida.