Highlands Chamber of Commerce and

Visit Highlands, NC

The Chamber Board of Directors represent a cross-section of business and professional leadership in the community. The Chamber serves two primary purposes.

One as a Chamber of Commerce which provides leadership to support the local business community promoting favorable economic growth in the area.

The second purpose as Visit Highlands, NC (destination marketing) which informs, connects, and inspires our residents and visitors with the goal to drive destination economic impact, job creation, community sustainability, and quality of life. Genuine and unselfish interest in the Chamber and Visit Highlands, NC objectives is the first requirement for Board Members and Tourism Development Members.

Our Board is guided by our Missions, Visions and Values


Mission: We strive to enhance and promote economic vitality and quality of life in the Highlands community.

Vision: To be the most valuable resource forging partnership between businesses and residents for prosperity while preserving the uniqueness of Highlands.

The Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors holds meetings on the third Tuesday every other month at 10:30am following the Visit Highlands, NC meeting in the Highlands Chamber of Commerce Conference Room.

Visit Highlands, NC

Mission:   To promote travel to Highlands NC for the economic benefit of all.

Vision:  To be a year-round destination for those seeking an authentic leisure experience that makes the most of the area’s resources and unique culture.


  1. Research-driven organization.

  2. Maintain brand consistency.

  3. Preserve the unique culture of Highlands.

The Macon County Tourism Development Commission meets quarterly. The next meeting is scheduled for, September 29th at 8:30am in the Highlands Chamber of Commerce Conference Room.

The Board of Directors for Visit Highlands, NC meets the third Tuesday every other month at 10am in the Highlands Chamber of Commerce Conference Room.


2023 Board of Directors 



Trisha Cox - Berkshire Hathaway 


Vice Chairperson

Blye Hunsinger - Old Edwards Inn



Elizabeth Swift - Swift Accounting


Past Chair

John Woods - The Park on Main



Shayna Bigazzi- Altaterra Events

Pat Gleeson - White Oak Realty

Leigh Hartman- Calder's Coffee

Brian Lewis - Highlands Smokehouse

Charlotte Muir - Highlands Biological Foundation

Mary Adair Trumbly - Highlands Performing Arts Center



Executive Director: Kaye McHan

Communications Manager: Kara Addy

Office Coordinator: 

Business Services: Colleen Kerrigan

Events Manager: Tina Rogers


The Highlands Chamber of Commerce Board meetings are held the third Tuesday of all odd numbered months at 10:00am. Meetings are held at 108 main Street Highlands, NC.


Highlands Tourism Development Commission

James Tate- Macon County Commissioner

Jack Austin- Old Edwards Hospitality

Bill Futral- Futral Construction

John Woods- Skyline Lodge and Oak Steak House

Bill Bubenik- Wit's End 

Kaye Craig- Ugly Dog Pub

Brian Stiehler- Town of Highlands Commissioner


The Highlands Tourism Development Commission will meet 8:30 am at 108 Main Street Highlands, NC on February 23rd, April 27th, August 24th, October 26th.