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   David Laughter 

828-964-6303 mobile 
828-295-0989 home 
david@blowingrockrealestatenc.com

A native of North Carolina, now living year round in Blowing Rock, David has thirty-five years of sales experience to assist with all of your real estate needs in Blowing Rock and the surrounding areas. David believes in operating the agency with the highest integrity and ethics, which is one of the reasons Blowing Rock Real Estate is such a trusted source for the High Country’s real estate needs.

 

                                                                                                       
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Brian Smith 

828-773-7777 mobile 
828-268-0608 home 
brian@blowingrockrealestatenc.com

Brian was born in Nigeria, Africa where his parents were medical missionaries. The family then moved to Richmond VA. He moved to Boone in 1982 to attend Appalachian State University.  After graduating, he owned a pet store for six years. He then continued working in sales for Verizon Wireless until he went into real estate in 2002.  Brian also manages long term rentals through Boone Area Management, LLC.  He enjoys riding his horses and spending time with his miniature mules, donkeys and dogs. Brian enjoys outdoor activities such as snowboarding, hiking, camping and fishing in Blowing Rock, North Carolina and the High Country.

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Jerry Starnes 

828-773-6650 mobile 
jerry@blowingrockrealestatenc.com    

Jerry, a native of Hickory, got his lifetime wish and moved to Blowing Rock North Carolina permanently in 2000. A graduate of UNC – Chapel Hill with a degree in business, Jerry continued his education at Emory University in Atlanta where he earned his MBA. Jerry began his business career as an auditor with the (now famous) Arthur Anderson auditing firm. His diverse interests led him to Texas where he managed sales of a steel distribution company for sixteen years. His last steel challenge was building a new Nucor Steel Division’s sales from zero to $500 million in eight years, including business relationships in China, Taiwan and Spain.  In Longview, Texas Jerry was in charge of building an Episcopal church sanctuary with stained glass windows, slate floors, and beautiful pipe organ. Jerry also had the pleasure of developing a specialty retail shopping village and was the first President of the Longview Tourist Bureau.  Jerry and his wife Genie, are members of St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church and Blowing Rock Methodist Church, the Jazz Society and the Blowing Rock Country Club. They can be found hiking, gardening, golfing, and have promised each other to learn to fly fish together!  Having lived in Texas for 20 years, their children graduated from the University of Texas in Austin. But for Genie and Jerry, North Carolina was always “home.”  Looks like Jerry will be torn between golf, fishing, and sharing his love of Blowing Rock North Carolina with real estate clients.

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Drew Taylor 

828-773-9900 mobile 
drew@blowingrockrealestatenc.com

Drew Taylor is a Boone native that loves the area and wants others to live here and see the benefits of Watauga County. A 1995 graduate of Appalachian State University with a BA in Marketing and a minor in History, he also played golf for the school and then professionally for three years. His family owned Boone Auto Exchange for almost 60 years where he operated a productive and honest business. Now selling Blowing Rock North Carolina real estate he will continue to help locals as well as newcomers to the High Country enjoy what it has to offer with ethics and integrity. He is licensed in North Carolina and Tennessee.

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Tyler J. Bryson    

Broker, ABR  
Mobile: 828-773-4945  
tyler@blowingrockrealestatenc.com  

  Tyler is a sixteen-year veteran Blowing Rock Agent who resides in Blowing Rock. He has consistently remained a Multi-million dollar producer from his very first year in real estate and has handled properties from $20,000 to $3,000,000!  While vacationing in the High Country, Tyler and his wife of 20 years, Malissa developed a true love for Blowing Rock. The beautiful mountains, wonderful town, good schools, perfect climate, and many outdoor activities, made this the perfect place to raise their three children. So, in November 1997, Tyler and Malissa packed up and moved to a better life in Blowing Rock.  While in Florida, Tyler worked with two 5-star resorts and gained extensive experience in the hospitality industry. Tyler’s love for working with people and his love for the fitness field, led him to a career in Fitness Training.  He attended both Palm Beach Atlantic College and Broward Community College completing prerequisites for physical therapy. In 1987 he completed Youth With A Mission’s Discipleship Training School, serving in missions in the Philippines. Later with an interest in fitness, he went on to attend the Fitness Institute; he completed several Fitness Training courses, earning several training credentials. Upon arriving in Blowing Rock, Tyler began a Personal Fitness Training Business, which he operated until committing to real estate full time.  The Bryson family attends church at Harvest House in Boone, and their children attend school at Watauga High School and Appalachian State University. Tyler enjoys time with his family, hiking, fishing, and snowboarding, as well as just being outdoors. With Tyler’s real estate experience and enthusiasm for the area, he is eager to help accommodate all your real estate needs.

 

 

 

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Robin Kojak Klykken

828-962-9222 mobile 
robin@blowingrockrealestatenc.com

Robin relocated from Texas to the Carolinas in 2000 with her husband, Per. After living in Charlotte a few years, she & her husband purchased a home in 2002 in the Blowing Rock area. Her passion for nature and wildlife made her relocation to the High Country an easy transition. Robin enjoys gardening, hiking and daily runs along the trails of the Watauga with her canine companions, female Weimaraners, Gracie and Leela.  “My love for where I now call home and its endless beauty make me extremely excited and proud to announce my affiliation with Blowing Rock Real Estate. I’d love to show what I love about the Blue Ridge Mountains!” 

 

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Laurin Armfield

828-432-7765 mobile
laurin@blowingrockrealestatenc.com

Laurin moved permanently to Blowing Rock in 2011 after years of vacationing in the area. She and her 2 children live in town Blowing Rock.  They love the small town charm and friendly atmosphere of Blowing Rock.

Laurin grew up in Richmond, VA where she attended and graduated  from St. Catherine’s School. In 1999, she later graduated from Randolph Macon College in Ashland, VA with a BA in Sociology and English.  She was a Marketing  Manager for Capitol One and later an After School Teacher for St. Christopher’s School. Laurin is also on the Richmond Chapter Alumnae for St. Catherine’s School.

Laurin always has a smile on her face and is the perfect person to assist you with your Real Estate needs!

 

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Tom Dixson

828-265-6647 mobile
tom@blowingrockrealestatenc.com

Tom is a third generation Blowing Rock resident and has been a part of this special community since 1958.  Having been in Blowing Rock for 56 years, there is a good chance that Tom can help you find that special home you are looking for, in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina.  "I have had the pleasure to work with clients for 23 years in the financial planning industry as well as 23 additional years owning my own golf business.  I would be honored to help you find that perfect place to call home in the High Country."

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Virginia Powell

828-719-8497  mobile
Virginia@blowingrockrealestatenc.com



If you spend much time in Blowing Rock, you have probably already seen Virginia. Curly, red hair.  Maybe with one to four of her kids in tow.  Often accompanied by her slow but sweet Bichon Frise, Jacques le Blanc.  She's a small town girl from Mount Olive, North Carolina and UNC alumna.  Virginia's known to frequent the Bald Guy Brew Cafe above Footsloggers, Bistro Roca, and Bass Lake.  When she is not helping people find their dream homes, Virginia tries to give back to our community by serving on the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum's Board of Trustees, the Girls on the Run of the High Country's Advisory Board, and the Middle Fork Greenway's Task Force.  She is also active in the Blowing Rock Methodist Church during the summers and the Boone United Methodist Church during winters.  Her husband Ben, is an entrepreneurship professor at Appalachian State University.

 

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Michelle Kowalski 

336-587-7577  mobile
Michelle@blowingrockrealestatenc.com

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Michelle was born in Chicago, but grew up in Greensboro, North Carolina.  Upon moving to Boone to attend Appalachian State University, she instantly fell in love with the mountains. After working in Greensboro for several years following college, she took advantage of an opportunity to return to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Now a full time resident of Blowing Rock for eight years, Michelle enjoys running the Cone trails, mountain biking, hiking, and spending time outdoors in this beautiful area.  She will work hard in either selling your house or finding you the perfect mountian home!

Michelle attends Saint Bernadette Catholic Church in Linville and is a member of the High Country Association of Realtors.  She lives in Blowing Rock with her two daughters.


 

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Catherine Mikkola

828-773-6424 mobile
Catherine@blowingrockrealestatenc.com  

Catherine and her husband Gary moved to the High Country with their two sons, Jeremy and Nathaniel in 2008. Catherine brings to her real estate career a love of God and family and a love of the High Country, and also enjoys dogs, hiking, skiing, kayaking and reading.  And, as someone who has moved several times, she is happy to help others in the process of buying and selling their homes and is especially delighted to introduce people to our beautiful area of the country.

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Kim Fox

704-756-7028 mobile
Kim@blowingrockrealestatenc.com

Kim, left her native Baltimore, Maryland for the business center of the south, Charlotte North Carolina.  After a rewarding career in the financial field, working in compliances of mortgage operations and as a legal secretary with Real Estate Attorneys, Kim longed for a slower pace of life in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina.  In 2003 Kim bought her home in Blowing Rock. Kim’s love for the people and her community reinforced her desire to make the high country her permanent home.  In 2008, Kim’s dream came true!  Kim quickly became a valuable asset in and about our town’s activities as she shares her many talents as an accomplished pianist and soloist.  Kim is a commissioned artist who loves to put brush to canvas in her free time.  You will even see Kim clog in our famous 4  th  of July and Christmas parades in Blowing Rock!  Kim also enjoys hunting and watching football with her husband, Steve.  They are proud grandparents of a handsome grandson, Ryley.  Just when you think, “What else does Kim have time for?”   The answer is, “She has time for YOU!”  Give Kim a call and allow her to make your dream of having a little piece of heaven a reality!