Dave grew up just a couple of hours from the mountains, in the small town of Midway, North Carolina. He’s an Eagle Scout and a member of the Order of the Arrow.
Dave attended Campbell University for both his undergraduate and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees. A serial entrepreneur, he has started and owned several businesses, including pharmacies, an automotive shop and a pharmacy consulting company. His wife Theresa is a teacher and administrator, most recently serving as the assistant principal at a charter school. They welcomed their first child in January, a beautiful baby girl.
Always drawn to the mountains for their allure and recreational offerings, Dave and his family are excited to explore and contribute to their new community.
At long last, Swannanoa residents who ride the bus will have a place to wait that’s protected from the elements. Work has begun on construction of two new handicap-accessible bus shelters on U.S. 70 — an eastbound shelter near the Swannanoa Ingles, and a westbound shelter near Riverwood Road. Site preparation work, which includes pouring the concrete for sidewalks and the shelter pad, is almost complete. The shelter structures (see conceptual drawing below) are expected to be installed in late May. They should be available for use by mid-June, after all the necessary inspections have been completed.
The shelters are welcome news to the growing numbers of bus riders in the Swannanoa area. Friends and Neighbors of Swannanoa (FANS) has been advocating for shelters for several years, and has worked closely with the County to bring the project to fruition, but efforts were hampered by funding issues and concern over the future of the route. But this past January, Asheville Redefines Transit (ART) expanded service on the Swannanoa Valley route, clearing the way for the bus shelter project to move forward with funding from the County.
Friends and Neighbors of Swannanoa (FANS) is starting a Beautification Committee to explore ways to make Swannanoa even more beautiful than it already is. We’re looking for interested residents and business owners who might like to brainstorm ideas, and help put some of them into action. Some of the project suggestions so far include plantings and landscaping in the business district, and Swannanoa welcome banners for the light poles along U.S. 70.
If you have a little time and energy to spare, we hope you’ll consider being a part of this group. Please let us know of your interest by sending your name and contact info to info@SwannanoaFANS.org or call us at 828-581-9848.