Why do you do this stuff, Commissioner Mike?

I took a leap of faith and moved from Boone North Carolina to Roan Mountain, Tennessee in 1999...I was drawn to her beauty, and her raw, unbridled potential. Twenty years later, when I met my dreamboat wife Melissa, she saw the same things in Roan Mountain that I did, and so she moved here too. Seeing her beauty and her raw, unbridled potential, I married her…that was over nine years ago! We have two twelve-year-old daughters, Eleanor and Sophia, who are planning on careers in Marine Biology, Veterinary Medicine, Art, Dinosaur Stuff, Programming or Rock Starring, depending on when you ask them. They too are full of raw unbridled potential. 

The compelling question about raw and unbridled potential, is “how do we unlock it? I have made a career out of asking two questions: “Is it as good as it can be?, and “are people happy with it? You can apply these two questions to everything from fine art to community building. I enjoy both pursuits quite a bit. This Roan Mountain Visitors Bureau project is my message to the world about the virtues of my mountain home town. For the past four years, I took the embarrassingly small stipend we get as Carter County Commissioners, and paid for this domain…and in 2019, the TVA and Mountain Electric Cooperative discovered us and were kind enough to sponsor our efforts with a SEED grant, allowing us to continue to provide this informative service to our community.  I believe the best way to unlock our potential is simply to tell our story, and encourage others to come experience it for themselves. 

I hope you will join me in tilting at this windmillit will be fun! With super affordable rates, wont you advertise with us and be part of the Roan Mountain Visitors Bureau? 

About Mike:

Hill studied at Appalachian State University in Boone North Carolina (back to back to back NCAA national champs), where he received a Bachelors degree in Commercial Art. After graduating, he returned to Boone where he spent a year studying Art Education at the gradute level. In 1989 at the age of 22, he incorporated and opened his own startup art business, Purveyors of Art & Design Materials Inc. He has continued to operate successfully in this enterprise for over 30 years.

Mike has served on many boards and initiated many community building projects, a pursuit he is very passionate about.
Hill strongly believes in coalition building... community organizations, corporate enterprise, local government, and small business are all critical to progress and prosperity in our mountain communities, and should all talk often.

Over the course of six years as commissioner, Mike infuriated approximately one dozen people, and concurrently endeared himself to a multitude of regular everyday folks who simply want to reach their full potential. A few of those once-offended people eventually ended up signing his petition for re-election. They were heard to say that "he sure has done a whole lot of good for our town". Mike is exceedingly proud that he has been able to change some minds and make some friends during his time of service!

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