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 10:30 a.m. 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 in the Highlands Chamber of Commerce Conference Room.

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

2023 Board of Directors 

Tricia Cox - Berkshire Hathaway 

Vice Chairperson
Blye Hunsinger - Old Edwards Inn

Elizabeth Swift - Swift Accounting


Shayna Bigazzi - Altaterra Events

Pat Gleeson - Christie's International Real Estate

Leigh Hartman - Calder's Coffee

Brian Lewis - Highlands Smokehouse

Charlotte Muir - Highlands Biological Foundation


Executive Director: Kaye McHan

Marketing & Communications Director: Johanna Fein

Events Manager: Tina Rogers

Welcome Center & Office Manager: Genevieve Schmidt

Business Services: Colleen Kerrigan

Digital Marketing Coordinator: Anna Dayton 

The Highlands Chamber of Commerce Board meetings are held the third Tuesday of all odd numbered months at 10 a.m. Meetings are held at 108 Main Street, Highlands, NC 28741.

Highlands Tourism Development Commission

John Shearl - Macon County Commissioner

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 meet 8:30 a.m. on the fourth Thursday of even months at 108 Main Street, Highlands, NC, 28741.