CASHIERS/March 7, 2022 – 

The Leadership Cashiers program’s mission is to inform, connect and engage individuals by intensively studying issues affecting the area and by building strong working relationships with government officials, community stakeholders and leaders, and colleagues for enlightened, dynamic leadership.

"The Leadership Cashiers program was designed to build a committed group of area leaders with the necessary tools and connectivity for making a meaningful impact in our community," explained Stephanie Edwards, Executive Director of the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce, which serves as a Program Sponsor.  Irv Welling who serves as chair of the Program Sponsor Vision Cashiers, also serves on the Leadership Cashiers Task Force.  Others included Maggie Carton, Sean Cronin, Abby Powell, Andrew Renfro, Serenity Richards, Kathryn Davis, Ellen Tucker, and Thomas Taulbee.

Pictured: Our 2021 Leadership Class participants are: Stanley Baldwin Odum of Fishes & Loaves, Anthony “Shane” Brooks of Laurelwood Inn, Susan Heatley of Simply Cashiers, Timothy Heatley of Simply Cashiers, Henry “Hank” Hodge of First Citizens Bank, Brian Holland of Zollers Hardware, Barbara Jamison of Barbara Jamison Paintings, Bambi Famous Kaine of Silver Creek Real Estate Group, Jill Katz of Crossroads Custard & Cold Brew, Kristina Newsom of Specialties Plus of NC, Judy Patterson of High Hampton, Elizabeth “Beth” Preston Community Member, Merrell Thompson of Merrell Thompson Photography, Ellen Tucker Community Member, and Robin Walker of Camp Merrie-Woode.

Session Sponsors providing generous ongoing financial support include Balsamwest, Dillard-Jones, Eric T. Moody CPA, First Citizens Bank, High Hampton, Southwestern Community College, The Country Club of Sapphire Valley, United Community Bank, Western Carolina University, and Zoller Hardware. Scholarship funding has been committed by Appalachian Golf Cars, Leadership Cashiers Alumni Network, and Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley.

Leadership Cashiers will focus on many issues in the area and include: Economic Development, Natural & Cultural Resources, Planning & Infrastructure, Government, Education, and Health & Wellbeing. Personal leadership skills also will be developed through principle-based decision-making and teambuilding exercises. Angela Owen of Truventure Enterprises serves as Program Director. She is also executive director and course instructor of Vision Transylvania, a similar program in Brevard, NC.

Application Deadline is March 31, 2022, for more information, visit, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 828-743-5191.