Rick Merrill came to Western North Carolina as a VISTA volunteer, the predecessor to AmeriCorps.  He has been actively involved in real estate marketing, focused on acreage, for the past half century.

Back in 2004, JoAnne and Rick donated a conservation on their Flat Rock horse farm.  He has served on the land protection committee ever since. The ability to merge real estate deal making with land protection and conservation is incredibly invigorating and something unique that Rick can do well. This latest term on the board will be his 13th year.  He has served on almost every committee and was board president in 2009 and 2010.

The passion of CC’s staff for their work impresses Rick and makes it easy to want to do everything possible to help with their implementation of CC’s mission.

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