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About the Wolf Laurel Community

Wolf Laurel is a private, gated, mountain community of over 5,000 acres, located 30 miles north of Asheville, NC on I-26.  Sitting on one of the areas highest ridges with elevations rising to 5,000 feet, beautiful views abound within the community.   Development of Wolf Laurel began in 1965 and there are currently 750 residential units on the mountain, including single family homes, condos, villas, and town homes.

The Appalachian Trail runs through Wolf Laurel, inviting the residents and visitors to take advantage of the area’s natural amenities.  For more resort-style activities, membership is available to the golf course, dining and fitness center offered by the Wolf Laurel Country Club, or the swimming and Village Club amenities offered by the Wolf Laurel Property Owners Association.

Mission Statement

The Wolf Laurel Road Maintenance and Security Homeowners’ Association (WLRMS) is responsible for safeguarding and improving the roads, security, safety, infrastructure, neighborhood architectural standards, natural resources and quality of life of its property owners. WLRMS Officers, Board and Committee Members, and Staff, accept this responsibility, and pledge to continue to discharge their duties for the Wolf Laurel community with a robust and renewed commitment to integrity, fiscal responsibility and transparency.

ByLaws & Amendments

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The Board of Directors of WLRMS

The WLRMS has a nine member board, with each board member serving for three years.  An election is held each year in which the property owners vote to elect three board members.  The Board has established eight Standing Committees (detailed below) and encourages property owner participation in the committees.  For more information on how to serve, please contact the individual committee Chairperson.   To read a brief biography about each current Director, click on their name.

 

Cynthia Kessler, Secretary

Cynthia has been a proud homeowner in Wolf Laurel since 1981. Although she lived in many places during the past 36 years, Wolf Laurel has been the consistent gathering place where her family and friends enjoyed weekends and vacations in each of the four seasons. She presently resides in Kingsport, Tennessee.

As a long term home owner, Cynthia has witnessed many new ideas launched, some taking hold, others withering. There have been slow changes and dramatic advances and reversals during the past 36 years. Having seen what has been tried and how it succeeded or failed has provided valuable lessons. It is her belief that the entire community’s enthusiasm towards an idea has been essential to its fate. Indifference and lack of participation have forestalled more ideas in Wolf Laurel than vocal opposition.

In Kingsport, Cynthia practices law and manages her family’s real estate business, Kessler Properties. Kessler Properties owns unique single-family rental homes as primary residences. One third of its properties depend upon privately-maintained roads, where the maintenance obligations are shared with others. This challenge makes her attuned to the importance of well-maintained roads, balanced against both short term and long term costs. Among other responsibilities, she is Kessler Properties’ point person for managing relationships with two different formally organized HOAs and five other community partnerships that vary in the formality of their organization. She remarks that working for a family-owned business has helped her to develop a thick skin and a calm disposition, but also has reinforced the importance of consensus building in decision making.

Cynthia is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and has practiced law for nearly 30 years, focusing on real estate development, real estate title issues, and land use. Her clients include both developers of commercial and residential properties and property owners. In addition to real estate work, she also has represented both for-profit and non-profit entities on issues of corporate organization, governance, and compliance. Her approach generally includes conflict avoidance and resolution of issues without the need for litigation.

Being active in the community has been a great joy for Cynthia. She has been a volunteer participant of civic and professional organizations, including Junior League, Kingsport Tomorrow, and Leadership Kingsport, local, state, and national bar associations and the Tennessee Land Title Association. She has been on the board of the Tennessee Association of Dance, Kingsport Symphony, American Heart Association, and State of Franklin Dance Alliance, among others.  Her son Martin will enter college in August, and she is eager to find new opportunities to serve the community.

Carol Krueger

Brent McCaghren, Vice-President

Brent and his wife Betsy have owned their cabin on May Apple Lane since 1985, dividing their time between Winter Park, Florida and Wolf Laurel. They have four sons and six grandchildren.

Brent recently retired as a Florida attorney, having practiced for over forty-five years, specializing in real estate, estate planning and probate, civil litigation, and municipal law. He also served as the Winter Park City Attorney for twenty-five years. He and Betsy are charter equity members of the Village Program and founding members of the WLCC.

Brent is a past director of Wolf Laurel Road Maintenance and Security, the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, Central Florida Capital Funds Committee, Ninth Judicial Grievance Committee, and Orange County Fee Arbitration Committee. Brent currently serves on the Legal Committee of WLRMS.

Among Brent’s goals as a director are to support and continue the standing committees of WLRMS, preserve the manned security gate and increase the roving security patrol, support  the maintenance  and upgrading of road maintenance equipment, implement a road usage fee, continue the present policies of culvert replacement, ditch cleaning, and road improvements, and insure that the Covenants, Rules and Regulations governing Wolf Laurel are uniformly and fairly enforced.

Dick Moeller, Treasurer

Dick Moeller is a fifteen year resident of Wolf Laurel and currently completing his term as Wolf Laurel Property Owners Association Vice President.  While serving on the WLPOA Board of Directors, he served as Chairperson of Facilities. During his tenure, significant improvements have been made to our facilities in a cost effective manner.

Dick is also serving on the Architectural Review Board for the Wolf Laurel Road Maintenance and Security Board.  His experience in the building trades has contributed to his ability to assist the Board in reviewing applications to be considered prior to construction. He would like to play an active role in reviewing the current covenants and guidelines to determine if revisions are warranted as related to construction in Wolf Laurel.

Dick is currently serving as President of the Upper Laurel Community Organization and has been instrumental in the completion of the renovation of the Ebbs Chapel Auditorium.  He has also served as co-chair of both the Blackberry Festival and the Apple Butter Festival hosted at Ebbs Chapel.  These two events raise approximately $15,000 each year to support local, regional and international charities.  It is anticipated that ULCO will raise in excess of $55,000 this year.  Dick hopes to oversee the awarding of construction contracts to allow renovation of several classrooms at Ebbs Chapel.

Dick is recognized within the community for his talents in fiscal management of funds.  He seeks to obtain maximum value for the dollars invested.  He clearly recognizes the limitations imposed by our resources and seeks to achieve a maximum return for each dollar spent.

David Pendleton

David lives in Kingsport, TN. He has been in the insurance business full time since 1987. He spent 9 yrs with Allstate and in 1996 opened his own independent agency. He graduated from ETSU in Johnson City with a degree in Political Science. He is past president of the Cosmo Kiwanis Club of Kingsport and The Kingsport Association Life Underwriters. He is a proud Eagle Scout. He is married to his first wife of 32+ yrs and has 2 grown daughters. Either he or his sister who lives in Greenville, SC try to get to the mountain every chance they can. Also their children are beginning to make their own solo trips.

He is fortunate to have had a father that was a close personal friend of Bud Edwards, the original developer of Wolf Laurel. His father participated in other Edwards developments including Ober Gatlinburg. Around 1966 it was common for him and his father to walk to a field near their house in Kingsport and board the Edwards Bell helicopter with good ole Paul at the controls and fly to what was always referred to as Big Bald. He was there when every original cabin in the village was built and stayed in all of them at some point. He was there when the golf course was built. He was there when the ski slope was built and almost every road to this day that exists on the west side of the mountain and many on the east as well.

In 1968, his family built one of the first three homes on the mountain outside of the village. They still own it, and will plan to do so the rest of their lives. In those early days it was an unbelievable family experience. Something that is hard to duplicate these days for sure. The reality is that Wolf Laurel is still the best kept secret in the eastern mountains. There was much competition in those early years from Beech Mtn, Sugar Mtn, Hounds Ears, Grandfather Mtn, and others. Many of those entities still exist today. Since then of course there are 100’s of resorts wanting our leisure time and money.

One thing that has always set Wolf Laurel apart from most of those resorts are the gates, and specifically because of the personal touch manning them. David has many friends whose families chose other places for second homes that to this day admit the controlled entrances are a huge plus to ownership. Not only preventing most petty crime, but providing safety as well.

Obviously, every homeowner and lot owner has a vested interest in what goes on at the mountain. Everybody wants to feel like their interests are important. As with any resort community there are choices to participate in activities that may require additional memberships and dues. That is what makes America great. Whether you choose to participate or not has no bearing on whether you love Wolf Laurel. David thinks it is very important to never put any one group’s interest exclusively over any other. We must respect each other as individuals and always do what is ethical, legal, and in the interest of all whenever possible. That would be David’s pledge should he have the opportunity to serve on the board. He has now been a part of Wolf Laurel for over 50 yrs and thinks it’s time to give back to the mountain he truly Loves.

Willie Romero

In the Spring of 2009 Debbie and I began looking for a vacation home and a place we could see ourselves spending some of our time in retirement. This is when we found Wolf Laurel. One year later we became property owners, and now we are living the next chapter of our lives at this wonderful and beautiful community we call home.  As a resident and property owner, I want to see Wolf Laurel prosper for years to come. I believe that my years of leadership experience will allow me to contribute to the success of the Road and Security Board.

My qualifications:

  • Three years first line management experience leading teams responsible for handling automobile insurance claims and delivering on commitment to customers
  •  Four years as Director of Management Planning and Information. Duties included coordination of short and long term forecasting and planning; annual budget; community relations; and legislative liaison
  • Twenty-two years in a department head role responsible for the administration of the automobile claims department. Responsibilities included, customer service; planning; budget; compliance; staff development and performance management; project management
  • Board experience as company representative in the Florida Insurance News Service; Florida Anti-Car Theft Committee; Florida Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Association; Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce Legislative Committee
  •  Community involvement including, Special Olympics; Paint Your Heart Out Tampa Bay; Big Brothers Mentoring; University of South Florida Corporate Mentoring Program
  • Wolf Laurel Road and Security Insurance Committee 2015 to Present
  • 2016 Wolf Laurel Benefit for Hospice Chairman
  • Wolf Laurel Country Club Membership Committee 2015 to Present
  •  I’m a graduate of the University of Nevada with a degree in Business Administration. I hold professional designations as a Charter Property & Casualty Underwriter and a Charter Life Underwriter

Throughout my professional career I built a brand as a person with integrity, vision, and a team player. I believe my professional experience and leadership competencies will allow me to successfully carryout the duties and responsibilities of board member

 

Ed Shook

Eddie and his wife Tammy are full time Wolf Laurel residents since 2016 on Bee Tree Lane. They are members of the Village Club and also have a home on English Ridge Drive which they built in 2001. Both are alumni of the University of North Carolina at Asheville and grew up only a few miles away in the Weaverville /Mars Hill communities. They have two sons Derek (26) and Bryson (21).

Eddie retired in 2014 as a Health and Human Services Administrator with most of his 29 years of service focused on Environmental Health. Eddie has chaired and participated in numerous Environmental Health State of Practice Committees across the entire state of North Carolina. He is an avid skier, backpacker and mountain biker. Also, he has served as a deacon at Locust Grove Baptist Church in Weaverville for over 23 years.

Having grown up and lived so close to Wolf Laurel, Eddie has a unique perspective of the tremendous improvements and continuing challenges that are present for WL Roads and Security. His dad, a retired North Carolina Department of Transportation Roads Supervisor, provided him years of valuable knowledge as to road building and maintenance.

Eddie and his wife love living full time at Wolf Laurel and look forward to contributing to the continued success of this beautiful community.

Jim Simmons

After looking all over western North Carolina, Jim and Cheryl decided to build their home on Lookout Drive in 1989. They have since enjoyed the summers here as well as Christmas and New Years. Next year they are planning on making Wolf Laurel their permanent residence. Their decision to be a part of this community was twofold. Number one was the wonderful, down to earth people they met at “Friday Nighter’s” on their first visit, (way back then), and number two, the uniqueness of the whole community and golf course. They have seen many changes over the years; some good, and some not so good. Jim looks forward to serving on the WLRMS board to help keep this very special community a place that our kids and grandkids can enjoy for a long time. He believes that his past experience as a Certified General Contractor, in both residential and commercial building, as well as some experience in road and bridge construction, will serve the board and property owners well. Jim attended Penn State University and served in the Army Military Police. Along with being a Founding Member of Wolf Laurel Country Club and member of The Amenities Program, he has served on the board of WLPOA as well as on the boards of a condo association and various civic organizations in Naples. Jim is presently serving on the Roads Committee in Wolf Laurel. He believes his common sense approach to situations, as well as his people skills could help make Wolf Laurel a better place for all.

Larry Smith, President

Larry is a retired counselor.  He purchased his home in Wolf Laurel in 2004.  He has a winter residence in Port St Lucie, Fl.  Since becoming a Wolf Laurel resident, Larry has been engaged in the local community.  He hosts the Monday and Friday night activities for the Village Club.  Larry is on the Administrative Council for Bright Hope Laurel United Methodist Church.  He is active in the Apple Butter Festival and the Blackberry Festival.  He is a facilitator for the Upper Laurel Community Organization and has been instrumental in reopening the auditorium at Ebbs Chapel.

His background includes experiences as municipal mayor, community organizer for the United Methodist Church, state level disaster response coordinator for American Red Cross, and five years experience in contract negotiation and dispute resolution.  He served out an appointed term on the Wolf Laurel Property Owners Association board.  Larry’s hobby is recycling lumber and producing rustic furniture which he donates to local charities for fund raising efforts.

WLRMS Standing Committees

These committees have been established by the Board of Directors:

Architectural Review Committee

Chair:  Stephen McKnight
Members:  Jim Deloatch, Michael Whitt, Jeffrey Barker

Communications & Community Relations Committee

Chair:  Larry Smith
Members:  Jim Simmons, Carol Krueger, Cynthia Kessler

Facilities and Real Property Committee

Co-Chairs: Dick Moeller and Jim Simmons

Finance/Insurance Committee

Co-Chairs:  Dick Moeller and David Pendleton
Members:  Willie Romero, Jim Simmons, Carol Krueger

Legal Committee

Co-Chairs: Brent McCaghren and Cynthia Kessler

Long Range Planning Committee

Co-Chairs: Larry Smith and Cynthia Kessler
Members:  Eddie Shook, Jim Simmons

Road Maintenance and Equipment Purchase and Repair Committee

Chair: Jim Simmons
Members:  Eddie Shook, Mike Kaney, Steve Rutherford, Jason Brown, Ron Coppenbarger, Bob Walker

Security Committee

Chair: Carol Krueger
Members:  Becky McKnight, Lewis Daniels, Eddie Shook

WLPOA Liaison:

Larry Smith