Board of Trustees

Blowing Rock Civic Association
Board of Trustees
November 2021

George Wilcox – Chairman & Executive Committee –CEO and Owner of Wilcox & Co. financial consulting, life and health insurance and investments.  Former manager Merck & Co. Former member of the Board of Blowing Rock Hospital, former member of the Board Blowing Rock Country Club, member of BRAHM, member of Blowing Rock  Chamber of Commerce, member Blowing Rock  Methodist Church, member Blowing Rock  Historical Society, member Blue Ridge Conservancy, member Conservation Trust of N.C.

Executive Committee – President & Tim Gupton –Retired partner with KPMG and then from his own firm Hughes, Pittman and Gupton, LLP.  He remains an active partner with HPG Wealthcare Advisors, LLC.  Tim was also a founder and general partner of Research Triangle Ventures and was an executive, board member, and co-founder of several successful startup biopharmaceutical companies.  He currently is a board member of Blue Ridge Conservancy, Village Foundation, Mayview Park Homeowners Association, and Blowing Rock Tourism Development Authority and a member of BRAHM and Chamber of Commerce.

Betsy Wilcox – Secretary/Treasurer & Executive Committee –  Manager and agent Wilcox & Co. financial consulting, life and health insurance and investments. Graduate of UNC Greensboro, N.C. Member of BRAHM, Blowing Rock  Chamber of Commerce, Blowing Rock  Methodist Church, BR Historical Society, Blue Ridge Conservancy and Conservation Trust of N.C.

Dr. Barry Buxton – Executive Committee – Former president of Lees McRae College.  Barry is a native of Blowing Rock and the definitive historian of our great town. He is the author of “A Village Tapestry”. He gained national renowned for his extensive work on science and history museums around the world and such notable individuals as former president, George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush. Barry has served community organizations in Savanah and other cities and is a recipient of the North Carolina “Order of the Long Leaf Pine”.

Jean Kitchin – Executive Committee – Owner, CEO and President of a company that includes three pharmacies for 16 years. Former Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of UNC Chapel Hill, Former Chair of the UNC Chapel Hill Alumni Association, recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award William Richardson Davie Award from UNC Chapel Hill, Former Chair of the UNC Lineberger Cancer Center Board of Visitors, Former Chair of the Nash County Rocky Mount Board of Education, has hosted and produced television programs for a number of state stations and continues to host and produce programs for WHIG TV. Jean is an active member of various Blowing Rock organizations.

Robert J. Arey, Jr. – Robert was born and raised in Shelby, NC.  He is the fourth generation of Arey family to continue the petroleum distribution business his great grandfather founded in 1910.  In 2016 when the family business was sold they were operating in ten counties and two states.

In 1980 Robert founded One Stop Food Stores and opened 27 stores in 24 years.  Throughout his business career he achieved many highlights, including the youngest president of the N.C. Petroleum Marketers Assoc., President of the N. C. Convenience Store Assoc., Director of the National Petroleum Marketers Assoc., Marketer of The Year, The Will Parker Memorial Award (the highest honor in NC Petroleum Marketing), Founded the Southeast Petroleum Marketing Exposition and featured in Convenience Store Magazine as innovator and designer of the year.

Robert attended Shelby High School, Woodward Academy, Lenoir Rhyne University and the US Army Photo Journalism School and served six years in the US Army Reserve as a photo journalist and Editor of the Golden Griffon Newspaper. Robert is active in his local community and has served or is currently involved in Aldersgate Methodist Church, the United Way, BSA, the Chamber, Atrium Health Board, Children’s Homes, The Salvation Army, the Girls Club, Gardner Web University, Rotary, Young President’s Organization, Historic Shelby Foundation, Shelby Arts Council, Cleveland County YMCA, Cleveland Country Club, Blowing Rock Country Club and Truist Bank.

The Arey family first came to Blowing Rock around 1922 when Robert’s grandfather Will G. Arey had a home and horse pasture on Main St.  Will G. Arey, Jr’s father-in-law Jack Craft managed the Mayview Manor for many years. Robert and his wife Candy met at Lenoir Rhyne and were married in 1973.  They have three sons and six grandchildren.

Tom Barrett – Founder, President, CEO of SIAA MidAmerica, Inc. The company founded a fifteen-state region of SIAA in 1997. After growing SIAA to $10 Billion in sales and 8,000 retail locations a private equity group purchased the company in April 2021. Tom attended Western Kentucky University followed by a forty-three-year career in the property-casualty insurance industry serving as producer, agency owner, and program manager working in Raleigh, Los Angeles, and Chicago prior to SIAA. Tom and his wife Tina have been full time Blowing Rock residents since 1998. He has served as an Advisory Board member of Western Youth Network, Teach United, and vestry member of St Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church. Philanthropic interest includes several local, national, and international efforts.

Joseph Bogdahn – Joe is a Director and Partner of Six/Ten LLC, a small private equity firm based in Winter Haven Florida, where he oversees design and construction.   Joe retired in 2014 as the Chairman of The Bogdahn Group/AndCo Consulting, an independent Registered Investment Advisory firm he founded.  At that time, the firm advised over $55B assets, providing fiduciary governance and investment consulting services for institutional investors throughout the United States.   After retirement he was appointed by Gov. Snyder of Michigan to serve as a Trustee of the Investment Committee of the City of Detroit’s Police and Fire Pension Fund, where he continues to serve as Chairman.

Joe received his BBA in Business/Economics from the University of Mississippi, where he served as President of the Student Body and Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity. He also received his Certified Investment Management Analyst designation from the IMCA program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. He is a member of the National Town Builders Association and the Congress for New Urbanism.  He and his wife Heather divide time between Winter Haven, Florida and Blowing Rock.

Hunt Broyhill – Hunt Broyhill, a graduate of Wake Forest University, is a successful business and investment executive. Hunt is an outstanding member of the Broyhill family that has had homes, business interests and philanthropic interests in Blowing Rock and the High Country for several generations. Hunt’s business interests include: Chairman and CEO of BMC Fund, Inc.; President of Broyhill Investments; Member of the Board of Directors of Capitala Finance; Member of the Board of Directors of Flagship Healthcare REIT; Member of the Board of Directors of Heritage Fabrics, LLC. Hunt has an extensive involvement in charitable and civic activities including serving as President of the Broyhill Family Foundation; a Member of the Board of Directors of the Caldwell Community College Foundation; an Advocate for the Navy Seal Foundation.

William (Bill) Carter – CEO and Owner of Carter Land Co. commercial real estate sales, development, investment and management. Longtime Blowing Rock resident and property owner and a member of various Blowing Rock organizations.

Charles Davant – Charles Davant moved to Blowing Rock in 1948, already blessed with the nickname “Bunky.” He attended Blowing Rock Elementary, Woodberry Forest School, Duke University, and received his medical degree from UNC in 1972. He bleeds dark blue. After a Medical College of Virginia residency program in family medicine he returned to practice medicine in Blowing Rock in 1975. He has lived here with his wife, Teena since. He has served on boards of local and state and national medical organizations and continues to practice, now at Blowing Rock Medical Park. He chaired Blowing Rock Planning and Zoning board, serving there for almost 20 years and just completed his last term as chairman of the Blowing Rock Board of adjustment.

David Goodson – Owner and President of Goodson and Associates, LLC, a nursery and horticultural products sales firm in Wake Forest, NC. David and his wife, Paula, reside in Wake Forest and Blowing Rock, NC. Graduate of NC State University, lifetime member of the NC State Alumni Association, lifetime member of the NC State Student Aid Association.

David is the recipient of the BRCA 2020 Paul Broyhill award, recipient of the D.S. Copeland award from the North Carolina Nursery and Landscape Association, member of Blue Ridge Conservancy, member of Highlands Cashiers Land Trust, member of North Carolina Waterfall Keepers, and member of Wake Forest Baptist Church.

Bob Green– Bob was the founder of Crown Heritage, a stair parts company, and a few other businesses, does consulting work and is partially retired. He is an inventor and holds several patents.  Bob has been an intermittent resident of Blowing Rock Community since the 90’s and now lives here full time. He attended the University of Tennessee and is likely to still be current with the events of that campus, especially sports related.

Karyn Herterich – Karyn and her husband Dieter own SouthMarke Shopping Mall in downtown Blowing Rock. Karyn also owns and manages one of SouthMarke’s outstanding shops Serves You Right. She has had extensive involvement in the Blowing Rock Chamber and other Blowing Rock organizations. Through her Kennedy Herterich Foundation Karyn has been a very charitable benefactor of many Blowing Rock and High Country organizations and endeavors. Karyn is the North Carolina member on the Board of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Steve Kimsey – Steve Kimsey is the owner of SBS-NC, LLC, a commercial HVAC company operating in 10 states in the Southeast. Steve is also a restaurant investor, having owned and invested in restaurants both domestically and internationally. Steve and his family have been in the North Carolina Mountains for over 15 years. They started at Grandfather Country Club before moving to Blowing Rock and building a house 7 years ago. Steve is on numerous boards including the Blowing Rock Methodist Church, the Royal Poinciana Chapel in Palm Beach, FL and the Board of Visitors at High Point University. Steve and his wife, Miriam, split their time between Palm Beach, Florida and Blowing Rock.

Thomas Lucido – Tom is President, of Lucido & Associates located in Stuart, Florida. Tom resides in Stuart, FL and Blowing Rock, NC. Lucido & Associates provides clients with a full spectrum of services in land planning, landscape architecture, comprehensive planning, local governmental coordination, and environmental analysis. Tom’s expertise is in large scale planning for mixed use communities. One well known project Tom has been involved with is the Stuart Downtown Redevelopment program. He has worked together with the City and the Community Redevelopment Association in realizing their master vision. Lucido & Associates has been recognized through numerous local, state and national awards. Recently Lucido & Associates has been involved in various local projects, providing landscape architecture for private residences and for landscape improvements for the Blowing Rock Country Club and Diamond Creek Country Club.

Dan McLamb – Dan, a law graduate of UNC Chapel Hill where he also received his undergraduate degree is a founding partner of Yates, McLamb & Weyher, and LLP in Raleigh. Dan is recognized as one of the best litigators in North Carolina. Dan has received numerous professional awards and extensive professional recognition. His clients include some of the state’s most outstanding institutions and companies. Dan is a Blowing Rock homeowner, member of the Blowing Rock Country Club and member of other statewide organizations.

Gigi Poole– Retired VP and Trust Officer, First Union National Bank, valuing privately held financial assets, CPA, CFA, having started career at Ernst and Young.  Resident of Blowing Rock since 2013. Past President of 2 Homeowners’ Associations in South Carolina coast resort town of Pawley’s Island.  Member of BRAHM, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, BR Historical Society, Blue Ridge Conservancy, BR Country Club. Native of Fort Mill, SC.

John Orgain – John serves on the Executive Committee of Alex Lee, Inc.  Alex Lee’s primary businesses include food and nonfood distribution, food retail and real estate.  John graduated from Harvard Law School and received his undergraduate degree from Duke University in economics and public policy.  He also serves in leadership positions in several bar and other regional and national associations as well as serving as a director on various company and foundation boards.  John and his wife, Neal, have been homeowners in Blowing Rock since 2009, and he is an active member of various Blowing Rock organizations.

Robert Reid – Robert grew up in Richmond, Virginia and went on to attend The University of North Carolina. Reid later received his Master’s Degree in Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. Robert is a serial entrepreneur. After teaching for a year in the Richmond public school system, he founded his first business, Reid Courier Service in 1994. Over 10 years, he grew and evolved this business into Courier One: the largest same-day, on-demand courier company in the Virginia with three locations in Richmond, Norfolk and sold the business in 2004.

Robert then worked several consulting projects, namely, Owens and Minor, a national healthcare logistics and medical supply company headquartered in Richmond, VA. Unable to stay away from business development for too long, he launched Action Logistics in 2012, a white glove, regional medical logistics company operating in the warehouse space, long-haul and last-mile areas. Robert grew Action logistics to 23 locations throughout the country, with revenues topping $25 million and sold the company in 2019. Robert served on several boards in Richmond, Statesville, and Winston Salem over the last 15 years. His wife’s roots as a child in Blowing Rock drew them to purchase home here in 2017.

Tom Ross – Twenty-one year part-time and fulltime resident of Blowing Rock. A graduate of UNC – Chapel Hill and Wake Forest MBA School. Ex NCNB-VP Commercial Banker who serviced middle market customers. Controller and CFO for Piedmont Mining Company a small gold mining exploration company. Spent his later career working and consulting with small public and private companies. After starting, managing, and selling several companies retired in 2020.
Marshall Sealey – Marshall is an engineering graduate of N.C. State and has more than years of engineering and construction experience with major international companies on projects in states and   countries. He was a manager of quality control engineering project conformance to industry standards. He prepared, reviewed and approved product specifications and managed construction inspections and testing.

Hunt Shuford – Hunt grew up in Hickory and splits his time between there and Blowing Rock. He and his wife, Grace have been homeowners in Blowing Rock since 2016. Hunt is semi-retired and hopefully on his way to full retirement. He owns and operates a commercial real estate business focused primarily on single and multi-tenant medical office development and property management. Prior to his commercial real estate business, Hunt served as CFO for Shurtape Technologies, LLC in Hickory. He has served on numerous not for profit boards over the past 30 years. His time in Blowing Rock began when he was a child and he hopes it continues for many years to come. Hunt earned his MBA from Columbia University and his undergraduate degree from Washington & Lee University.

Jane (Janie) Whitt Sellers – Retired partner with McGuireWoods LLP (Charlotte and Richmond offices).  Janie received her law degree from the University of Virginia and her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Hollins University and Virginia Tech, respectively.  She is a Certified Corporate Governance Professional and has served in leadership roles with various state and national professional organizations, as President of the Alamance Country Club (Burlington, NC), Vestry member and Senior Warden of The Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter (Burlington, NC), Trustee of The University of the South (Sewanee), Trustee and Chair of the Board of Trustees of Church Schools in the Diocese of Virginia, Governor and Chair of the Board of Governors of St. Margaret’s School and The St. Margaret’s School Foundation, Director of the Arts Council of Alamance County, NC, Trustee of The Burlington School (formerly known as Burlington Day School), and Trustee of the Historic Richmond Foundation. She and her husband David Sellers are long time visitors to Blowing Rock and have been homeowners and members of local organizations since 2017.

Billy Worsham – Billy and his wife Vicki have lived in Blowing Rock full time for 9 years. Their family visited Vicki’s family numerous times in Blowing Rock, since 1977. Billy graduated from UNC Chapel Hill. In 1979, he entered the furniture business as a manufacturer’s representative and is still on that path today. He held several state and national positions within the furniture industry. Billy lived in Nashville for 30 years, before moving to Blowing Rock. . While there, he was on the board of several non-profit agencies, as well as an Elder at Westminster Presbyterian Church. After moving to Blowing Rock, Billy became involved with several non-profits and supports numerous local causes. He is a ruling Elder at Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church and is several committees at Rumple. He is excited about the opportunity to help keep our homeowners informed about the happenings with our town and explore the decisions confronting our local government.