CULLOWHEE, N.C. — Greg Winchester, a resident of Milton, joined the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (A.T.C.) July 20, as part of their board of directors. The board of directors is made up of 15 elected volunteers who serve two-year terms.
Winchester is a longstanding Appalachian Trail (A.T.) section hiker and life member of the ATC. His passion for the A.T. began as a Boy Scout hiking Roan Mountain on the Tennessee/North Carolina border and grew during college while section-hiking with the University of North Carolina Outing Club. Recently, he has served on the Development and Membership Committee of the ATC. A principal with TriMont Real Estate Advisors in Atlanta, he brings over 30 years of experience in banking, real estate and finance. He has been involved in various leadership roles with the Boy Scouts of America for over 20 years. Winchester and his wife, Jan, are active outdoor enthusiasts and enjoy hiking, skiing and biking.
“The board of directors plays a vital role in shaping the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the Appalachian Trail by approving policies that govern the Trail and ensuring that the organization has the resources it needs to complete its mission,” stated Steve Paradis, acting executive director of the ATC.
The board is responsible for communicating the mission and the purpose of the ATC. They establish and maintain relationships with the stewardship council, clubs, partners, members, and other stakeholders. While enhancing the public standing of the ATC, they also ensure legal and ethical integrity and fiscal accountability.
This article appeared in the August 8 issue of the Milton Herald.