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Chamber Welcomes John Woods

by Donna Rhodes

For John Woods, armed with a wealth of real-world experience, settling in Highlands and joining the Chamber makes perfect sense.

When your surname is Woods, it seems only natural that you’d settle in the Nantahala.

John Woods, naval engineer, chemist/physicist, marketing genius, and resort manager traveled the world, stem to stern. After he married and started a family, he heard the mountains call. It was time to settle. Nothing suited him better than the woods of Western North Carolina.

His parents lived in Glenville, contributing to his mountain calling. They ran the refuse business in Cashiers where he worked a while. But he was recruited for many other positions along the way, among them a job in Key Largo, Florida. That was the turning point. He, his wife, and kids realized how much they missed the mountains, so back they came. He landed his current job as general manager of Park on Main. Sometimes it takes a lot of traveling and a lot of doing what you don’t want to do until you get to the one thing you really enjoy. All his experience led him here, and he couldn’t be happier.

Highlands Chamber Executive Director Bob Kieltyka considers himself and the Board lucky to have John as a recent addition to their team. Mindy Green of Wolfgang’s, longtime active Chamber member and Co-Chair of the Chamber Marketing Committee and John’s friend, encouraged him to join.

John says, “My managerial job at Park on Main allows me to help guests by introducing them to local Chamber-sponsored and town events. We are not only marketing the hotel but marketing Highlands as well. And it works both ways. If I market Highlands, I market Park on Main. Win-win.”

John currently serves as Co-Chair of the Chamber’s marketing committee. His vast experience makes him a welcome voice, contributing new ideas to enhance the region’s growth.

Come to Park on Main and visit John. He believes that once bitten by the Highlands bug, you’re addicted for life. He loves sharing Highlands’ stories, and he’s always open to suggestions. Email him at john.p.woods@theparkonmain.com or call the hotel, (828) 487-0360.

If you would like more information about becoming a Chamber member yourself, call (828) 526-5841.

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