Public service calls … Marc Hunt answers

Every once in a while public service calls to someone who brings the right mix of experience, values, productivity, perspective, integrity and likeability and that person answers. The citizens of Asheville are fortunate to have just such a person running for City Council: Marc Hunt.

I have known Marc since 1977, when he started the first whitewater rafting company on the Ocoee River in Tennessee while still in school.  His company, Sunburst Adventures, quickly became known for its quality of service, excellence of staff and leadership on the river and off, as we all fought to save the river for future generations of paddlers. Marc, a very young man at the time, helped develop and lead a broad-based coalition of partners working together to save the river, through foresighted legislative proposals, cooperative agreements among formerly hostile advocates, and great facilitation.

Marc was and is an inspiring leader.

Later, Marc took on a major leadership role at the Nantahala Outdoor Center, which he helped lead to a position of national prominence, displaying the same traits of team-building, listening, financial acumen, facilitation, vision and just good old hard work. Before long he was chairman of the board. His vision and leadership left an indelible mark on the NOC.

In his volunteer role as head of the AGC, Marc has proven his dedication to Asheville, his tenacity in bringing together diverse interests and personalities, and his skill as a leader. He is also extremely well liked and respected by anyone who has engaged with him in these efforts, because he is basically kind, respectful, understanding and not ego-driven. He truly wants to make a contribution, and has done so wherever he has directed his attention.

Marc will be a great asset to Asheville and the City Council.

— John Burton
Bryson City

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