Highlands Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

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.

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.




Trisha Cox - Berkshire Hathaway 

Vice Chairperson

Blye Hunsinger- Old Edwards inn


Elizabeth Swift - Swift Accounting

Past Chair

John Woods:  The Park on Main


Pat Gleeson: White Oak Realty

Brian Lewis: Highlands Smokehouse

Anita Lupoli: T. J. Bailey

Charlotte Muir: Highlands Biological Foundation

Mary Adair Trumbly: Highlands Performing Arts Center



Executive Director: Kaye McHan

Business Services: Colleen Kerrigan

Communications: Kara Addy

Events and Programs: Marci Sherwood

Welcome Center: Lance Hardin

Bookkeeper: Tina Rogers