Success Stories

Many people have found stable and fulfilling careers in our local area. Read a few stories of people who’ve found opportunities for growth and on-the-job training.

Beverly Russell Baldwin

General Manager
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Tan Polat

Network Engineer
ERC Broadband

Karla Jimenez

IT Media Services Technician
Blue Ridge Community College

Meg Hammond & April Jones

Deputy Solutions Center Manager & Service Desk Manager
Epsilon, Inc.

Brandon Vance Ledford

Commercial HVAC Technician
MB Haynes

Susan Chandler

Lab Tech
Advanced Superabrasives

Ashley Kepley-Steward

Operations Manager
Red Tree Builders

Chad Nance


Amy Burrell

Advent Health Hendersonville

Yolanda “Missy” Strong

Production Shift Manager
Gaia Herbs, Brevard

Susan Russell

Welding Instructor
AB Tech Madison

Americo Mejia Diaz

Director of Housekeeping
Biltmore Farms Hotels

Brian Fox & Matthew Horton

One Who Serves

Steve Ahlgren

Distinguished Software Engineer

Zachary Runyon

Jackson Electrical Contractors

Gary Hughes

Director of Operations
Sugar Hollow Solar

Erin Renwick

Project Manager
Vannoy Construction

Ruth Simons

Homeowner Selection Coordinator
Habitat for Humanity

Tyler Coan

Automation Technician
UPM Raflatac

Brian Pollet

CMC Production Quality Assistant
GE Aviation

Joseph Chalut

Electrical Construction Manager
STG Solar

Marvette Fleischer

AB Tech Welding

Will Freece

Project Manager
Jade Mountain Builders

Jon Brown

Division CIO
HCA Healthcare

Julie Applegate

Hot Springs Health Program

Anthony Waters

Senior Construction Manager
Benton Roofing

Heather Hicks

Hot Springs Resort and Spa

Laura Sendrea

QA Engineering Professional

Athena Maria Thomas-Jones

Production Operator
Jacob Holm

Katherine Parnell

Director of Camp Bob
Kanuga Conference Center

Josh Bradley

CC Operator
Advanced Superabrasives

Carmita Rivera

Product Specialist
UPM Raflatac

Robert Foster

Director of Hotel Operations
Biltmore Farms Hotels

Layton Parker

General Manager and Owner
Hampton Inn

Bronson Patton

Assembler One
Sylvan Sport

Patrick Bailey

Welding Supervisor
Sylvan Sport

Chris Venezuela

Lead Assembly Technician
Sylvan Sport

Ryan Kaufman

Fly Fishing Guide
Headwater Outfitters

Toni Williams

Manager, Stable Cafe
Biltmore Estate

Elizabeth Manley

Director of Revenue Management
The Omni Grove Park Inn

Robert “Chris” Eggleston BSN, RN, CCRN

Interim Nurse Manager MSICU
Mission Health

Heather Bauer

Outreach Manager
Home Instead

Lezlie Shuford-Clark

Hot Springs Health Program

Crystal Letterman MSN, RN, CMSRN

Administrative Manager of Clinical Operations
Transylvania Regional Hospital

Caleb Massey

Billing Coder and Nursing Student
Hot Springs Health Program

Stephanie Banks

AB Tech

Erica Garcia-Batista

Supervisor of Environmental Services and Security
Pardee UNC Health Care

Josh Whitmire

Nursing Student