Welcome New Board Member – Gigi Poole

Dear Friends of Blowing Rock,

Your Civic Association is blessed with a talented and involved board of directors.

Please join me in welcoming Gigi Poole to your board of directors. Many of you know Gigi who is an involved and active citizen.

Gigi, a native of Fort Mill, SC, is a retired Vice President and Trust Officer with First Union National Bank, valuing privately held financial assets. She is a CPA and CFA, having started career at Ernst and Young. Gigi has been a resident of Blowing Rock since 2013 and has served as president of two homeowner associations in the South Carolina coast resort town of Pawleys Island. She is a member of BRAHM, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Blowing Rock Historical Society, Blue Ridge Conservancy, Blowing Rock Country Club and now Blowing Rock Civic Association.

Gigi and her husband, Shawn, chose Blowing Rock like many of our homeowners who have chosen Blowing Rock as a seasonal home or as a primary home after successful careers and who know invest time and resources in our community.

Gigi and Shawn vacationed in Blowing Rock as kids and parents of young children and move to Blowing Rock from Atlanta. Atlanta Magazine published an article about this choice of Blowing Rock in the attached article entitled – “Our Mountain Home”.


Attached below are short bios about our board of directors to illustrate the skills and experiences they bring to guide our organization.

All the best during this troubling time. We all hope to return to normal soon.


Tim Gupton, President


Chairman of the Board –George T. Wilcox –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 BR Chamber of Commerce, member BR Methodist Church, member BR Historical Society, member Blue Ridge Conservancy, member Conservation Trust of N.C.

President -Tim C. 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 and Mayview Park Homeowners Association and a member of BRAHM and Chamber of Commerce.

Vice President –William H. 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 BR organizations.

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

Brian Beaty –Computer networking consultant and former Mayor Pro Tem of the Town of Marvin, N.C. , one of America’s fastest growing towns.

Dr. Barry Miller Buxton –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” that includes photos of our late friend and legendary editor of the “The Blowing Rocket”, Jerry Burns. He gained national renown 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”.

Karyn K. Herterich –Karyn and her husband Dieter own SouthMarke Shopping Mall in downtown BR. Karyn also owns and manages one of SouthMarke’s outstanding shops Serves You Right. She has had extensive involvement in the BR Chamber and other BR 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.

Jean Kitchin–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 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 BR organizations.

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 J. McLamb –Dan, a law graduate of UNC Chapel Hill where he also received his undergraduate degree is a founding partner of Yates, McLamb & Weyher, 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.

Blake Pace –Blake who received both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Maryland College Park is General Manager of Affordable High Country Housing, a company that buys, repairs, manages and sells homes. Blake is also a very talented musical producer and performer, having performed at a number of events for President Ronald Reagan. Blake serves as President of Ensemble Stage Company, one of the state’s most outstanding theatrical organizations. Blake has also been active in the BR Chamber and various other BR and high Country organizations.

Gigi M. 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.

James M. Scott –Jim had an extensive military career as an officer and an engineer. After retiring from the military Jim pursued a career as an engineer in the private sector. Jim who has been involved in Blowing Rock for years served as Chairman of the Blowing Rock Planning Board for several years. Jim also obtained a real estate license for his business activities. Jim is an active member of various BR organizations.

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.

Julian R. West, Jr. –Julian, a graduate of East Carolina University, was an owner and executive of PS West Construction Co. in Statesville, N.C. After retiring from the company Julian has continued in commercial real estate development and management. Julian also serves as a director of a regional bank. Julian was a member of the Statesville Planning and Zoning Board and of the Statesville Board of Adjustments. He was also Chairman of the Statesville Chamber of Commerce. He is a Charter member of The Greater Statesville Rotary Club and he has served on a number of other civic and church boards. Julian has a home and other investment properties in Blowing Rock. He is an active member of various

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