About Us

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, Vice-President

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

Carol and her husband began traveling to Wolf Laurel 17 years ago. First renting for a week at a time, then several weeks and then 6 months.  In 2011, they bought a home for summer vacations and finally, in 2012, became year-round residents.
Before moving to Wolf Laurel, Carol lived in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  While there, she and husband, Paul, started a public relations-advertising company, where they worked together for 25 years.  Carol then decided it was time to start another company, a moving coordinating business.  For the next 15 years, she enjoyed helping people move.

Volunteering has always been part of Carol’s life.  She has been, among other activities:  Girl Scout leader, Elder in Ft. Lauderdale First Presbyterian Church, President and Treasurer of Ft. Lauderdale Cystic Fibrosis, Treasurer of EE Chapter of P.E.O., and Vice President of Bayview P.T.A. Since becoming a resident of Wolf Laurel: Chair for four years and Treasurer for two years, of Wolf Laurel Women’s Golf Association; committee chair/member of Security Committee for three years; board member of Roads, Maintenance and Security; member of Wolf Laurel Country Club membership committee; and volunteer for a variety of committees for WLCC social events

As a fulltime resident, Carol has had an opportunity to truly appreciate the challenges Roads and Security face.  Her goals include fairly and evenly enforcing the Covenants, Rules and Regulations that govern Wolf Laurel, maintaining a secure and safe community, and implementing the long-range plans.

Brent McCaghren

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

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.

Lloyd Parker

Personal History:  Lloyd was born in Lufkin, Texas, grew up in Yerington, Nevada and graduated from high school in Pineville Kentucky.  He first visited Wolf Laurel 1976 to look at a lot his college girlfriend Susan’s father had purchased on Flame Azalea Lane.  After marrying Susan, and a job move to Kingsport, TN, Lloyd and Susan spent many weekends in the early 1980’s helping Susan’s parents build their home at Wolf Laurel.  In 1996 Lloyd and Susan became the property owners of the mountain cabin they had helped build on Flame Azalea, but distance, employment and raising their three children rarely allowed them to visit Wolf Laurel.  Since retirement in 2010 the Parkers have been able to spend almost six months of each year at Wolf Laurel.  Even during the winter, while residing in Susan’s home town of Leesburg, FL, there always seem to be reasons to return to Wolf Laurel, not the least of which being their six grandchildren living within short driving distance of Bald Mountain.

Education:  Lloyd graduated from Carson-Newman University in 1976 with a BA degree in History and Political Science.  During his working career Lloyd obtain a Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter designation.

Work Experience:  After a brief time working for Tennessee Farmers Mutual Insurance Company, Lloyd was hired by State Farm Insurance Company and worked for them 31 years, until his retirement in 2010.  He began as a claims adjuster and then held rising levels of leadership positions in both claims and underwriting, spending his last eight working years at an executive level in their corporate offices in Bloomington, Il. Lloyd’s career took him from Kingsport, TN, to Knoxville, TN, to St. Louis, MO, to Kansas City, Mo, to Dallas, TX and finally to Bloomington.

Current Professional Affiliation:  Since 2002 Lloyd has continuously served on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Mine Subsidence Reinsurance Fund, located in Chicago, IL.  IMSIF is a for profit reinsurance company that serves the property and casualty industry in Illinois by insuring the peril of mine subsidence.  During 2008 and 2009 Lloyd served as chairman of the board.

Hobbies and Interests:  You will not spend much time with Lloyd before he will risk having your eyes glaze over by making some comment about woodworking.  In addition, Lloyd loves to play pickle ball, ride bicycles, hike and read books – mostly historical in nature.

Qualification for RMS Board Membership: Beginning with Lloyd’s long association with Wolf Laurel and its history, his work in leadership at State Farm and his current board membership at IMSIF, make him uniquely prepared to work with and support the RMS board.

Lloyd and Susan are members of the Property Owners Association and The Village Club.

He hopes that serving on the Roads and Security board will give him the opportunity to help ensure that the community is able to maintain its infrastructure in a way that will allow it to continue to grow while preserving the unique beauty that makes Wolf Laurel special.

Willie Romero, Secretary

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

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 Smith is currently completing a three year term on the Wolf Laurel Road and Security Board.  He has served as President for two of those three years.  He is also serving as President of the Upper Laurel Community Organization (Ebbs Chapel Auditorium).  He has in the past served on the board of the Wolf Laurel Property Owners Association. Larry is an active member of the Bright Hope Laurel United Methodist Church and has served as a facilitator for both the Blackberry and the Apple Butter Festivals.  He plays an active role in both the Monday and Friday night events sponsored by the Village Club.

Over the past three years the Board has evolved to a more responsive and open Board.  We now meet 24 times a year and all meetings are open to the public.  This year the Board requested an independent audit of the books as opposed to an annual financial report.  The financial condition of the community has improved as the Board now has a contingency fund adequate to meet an unanticipated crisis.  While continuing to restore our infrastructure, we have managed to also restore the salary and benefits of our employees to assure that our staff is capable of meeting community expectations.  The Board has in the past three years created an equipment reserve, which allows the Board to replace equipment while avoiding interest payments.  Going forward, we should continue to support fiscally conservative policies to avoid indebtedness.

The Board was compelled to maintain a standard of security for the community despite the loss of the Director of Security through death.  This transition was handled smoothly.  Going forward the Board will continue to seek that balance between security and reasonable access; and the balance between safety and uncomfortable regulation.  The public nature of our meetings will allow the Board to assess the community’s outlook in these matters.

Finally there is the issue of “How to achieve a brighter future for Wolf Laurel?”  Each year in which Larry was President, he hosted a meeting for the leadership of the various entities which comprise Wolf Laurel.  While Wolf Laurel Roads and Security will play a role in making this possible, Larry is committed to the principle that it will be a shared responsibility.  If we all pull together in tandem, much can be accomplished.  Blue Mountain, the Preserve, the Country Club, and the Property Owners Association all benefit if we can join our efforts towards a common goal. This year the topic of discussion was centered on marketing Wolf Laurel.  WLRMS hopes to produce the fruit of that discussion.

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