Matt Barker joined the FANS board in February. He and his wife, Ginny, have lived in the area since 1992, and have called Swannanoa home since 2005. They moved to the Bee Tree Forest community so that their four kids, now grown, could be closer to Asheville Christian Academy, where they attended school. One daughter (and granddaughter) now live in Beacon Village. The Barkers are both realtors, doing the bulk of their business in Swannanoa, East Asheville, and Black Mountain. They’re affiliated with Nest Realty Asheville.
Matt loves Swannanoa for its scenic beauty, its rich history, and its caring people. He has participated in FANS events on and off for some time, and with empty nest years ahead, sees service on the FANS board as an opportunity to give back to Swannanoa in greater measure. When he has spare time, he enjoys “landscape photojournalism” – documenting current-day Swannanoa to give future generations a feel for our times in this beautiful place. He enjoys hikes in the mountains, driving the back roads, and researching local history.