As my first post to the “Roughing It” blog, I want to start a series where I introduce staff members to the world. I fully recognize these people are the heart and soul of Watershed, and their unique talents, dedication, and efforts are the reason Watershed Cabins enjoys the success we’ve had over the years.
So this time, I’d like to introduce the newest member to the Watershed team. Amy C. has just started as our Maintenance Coordinator. In this position, Amy may not interact much with guests, but plays one of the most important roles in guest satisfaction. That is because the maintenance department is responsible for our hot tubs, fireplaces, grill, etc… all the features that make a Watershed Cabin the best place to vacation.
Amy has a very diverse and interesting background in property management and maintenance. She graduated from the University of Louisville with a BS in Psychology and an MS in Computer Science. She is a huge Cardinals fan! While in college, Amy started her own over the road trucking company that specialized in time sensitive air freight. She was the CEO and President for ten years and then sold the company to stay home and raise her son and bought an apartment complex in Dayton, Ohio. While managing the building and homeschooling her son, she still had time to travel extensively throughout his educational journey.
In 2011, her then-14 year old son, Nicholas and Amy through-hiked the Appalachian Trail. It took six and a half months to travel from Georgia to Maine. They hiked through a blizzard, two tornadoes, and hurricane Sandy to reach Mt. Katahdin on September 22, 2011.
Along the way Amy met Joel, a Civil Engineer and retired Navy man who was through-hiking also. In 2012, Amy decided to hike again with her then-fiancé Joel, and the couple were soon married at Trail Days in Damascus, VA.
When hiking through the NOC, Amy and Joel were the recipients of “trail magic” from Watershed Cabins and the Nantahala Brewing Company as part of their first ever “Trail Magic” Beer. The trail magic consisted of a weekend stay at a Watershed Cabin and a trip into Bryson City to relax and enjoy the beer. It was then that Amy and Joel decided that after they finished the Trail, they would move to Bryson City. They summited in September 2012 and started making plans.
In April 2013, Joel took a job at the Nantahala Brewing Company and shortly thereafter I met Amy at the tasting room. I remember joking (although not really) as I excused myself to the restroom, saying to Amy: “Don’t go anywhere, because when I get back, I am going to hire you.” It was just a few days later that really happened, and Amy became part of the Watershed team.
Amy says, “Trail Magic has not stopped even though we have stopped hiking. Every morning I wake up, drink my coffee, and watch the sun rising over these mountains that I have traveled over 4,000 miles on and have grown to love so much. I am excited to have the opportunity to serve you and be a part of this magical place.”
Nantahala Brewing Company – 61 Depot Street, Bryson City NC 29713 – (828) 488-2337