Our Team

Ed Hillis, Highlands Cove Realty

Ed Hillis


Highlands Cove Realty is a second career for Ed. For 36 years he was a General Manager at Crown Automotive, with a focus on customer relationships. After living in the Highlands/Cashiers region part-time since 2003, he finally “retired” here in 2009 and fell in love…More

Office Phone: 828.526.8128
Office Fax: 828.526.1918
Cell Phone: 336.669.1406

Jennifer Blake


Jennifer transitioned to Highlands Cove Realty from the Highlands Cove Country Club, where she was Food & Beverage Director for almost three years. Like Ed, she decided to turn her passion for the Old Edwards lifestyle into a new career and joined Mountain…More

Office Phone: 828.526.8128
Office Fax: 828.526.1918
Cell Phone: 828.226.3030
Darlene Conley, Highlands Cove Realty

Darlene Conley

Broker Associate

Darlene is a graduate of Western Carolina University with a degree in Finance and Economics. Prior to raising a family, she worked the financial industry…More

Office Phone: 828.526.8128 ext 202
Office Fax: 828.526.1918
Cell Phone: 404.427.2448
Bill Gilmore, Highlands Cove Realty

Bill Gilmore

Broker Associate

Bill has experience in Highlands, NC real estate as owner of The Glendale Group, LLC in Georgia, which specializes in Highlands’s vacation rentals…More

Office Phone: 828.526.8128
Office Fax: 828.526.1918
Cell Phone: 404.455.5712

Merritt Shaw

Broker Associate

Merritt grew up in Bryson City, NC and went to Southwestern Community College, earned an Associates of Applied Science in Paralegal Technology. She continued her education at Western Carolina University and earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Communications…More

Office Phone: 828.421.7593
Office Fax: 828.526.1918

William Peavey

Broker Associate

Bill retired to western North Carolina from California in 1998. He has profited from a multifaceted career that included Viet Nam service as a decorated Air Force pilot following AFROTC and a BA at Colgate University in pre-architecture and fine arts, and then earning a Harvard MBA in Boston…More

Office Phone: 828.399.1553
Office Fax: 828.526.1918
Ashlee Maitland, Highlands Cove Realty

Ashlee Maitland

Reservation Specialist/Marketing Assistant

Ashlee grew up in the Highlands/Cashiers area where she graduated from Highlands High School. While attending Highlands High School, she was a member of the National Beta Club and goalkeeper of the women’s varsity soccer team….More

Office Phone: 828.526.8128
Office Fax: 828.526.1918

Annie Bryson

Office Manager/Administrative Assistant

A native of Louisiana, Annie has found her true home in the mountains of western North Carolina. She began her career life as a paramedic, then moved into veterinary technology…More

Office Phone: 828.526.8128 ext 207
Office Fax: 828.526.1918

Alicia Tyler

Vacation Rental Manager

Alicia grew up in the sailing community of Newport, RI. She earned a Bachelors of Science degree in biology from the University of Rhode Island. She found the mountains calling to her and has spent most of her adult life in amazing places…More

Office Phone: 828.526.8128 ext 201
Office Fax: 828.526.1918

Kim Gerber

Rental Assistant

A native of western north Carolina, Kim has a great appreciation of the mountains, and all the beauty they hold. She has raised two sons here, and is now enjoying her first granddaughter Charlotte…More

Office Phone: 828.526.8128
Office Fax: 828.526.1918

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