The Greybeard Team works hard to help make guests' Asheville vacations as memorable and carefree as possible. We're also deeply committed to providing excellence in property management to over 450 (and growing) homeowners of vacation and long-term rental homes in our rental program. Whether you are a prospective homeowner, current homeowner, or guest—we're here and happy to help.
Susan is a third-generation native of the Swannanoa Valley and has been married to her husband, Bill, for over 40 years. She's been a reservationist with Greybeard Rentals for over 10 years and enjoys assisting renters in their search for the perfect vacation home. In her spare time, Susan loves walking, hiking local trails, flower gardening, getting together with friends, eating at the local Black Mountain and Asheville restaurants, and visiting her daughter, Carrie, and son-in-law, Will, in Macon, Georgia.
Renee Reed Raines is also a third-generation Black Mountain native with a wealth of local knowledge that she's used to assist renters in their search for the ideal vacation home for over 10 years here at Greybeard. She is a mother of two and a grandmother to two sweet grandchildren. Renee has been married for over 35 years to her husband, Tim Raines, who is also a native of the area and a teacher at the local high school. When she's not helping guests, you'll find Renee dreaming about the beach, walking her dogs, and working outdoors in her yard.
Mandi joined the Greybeard team in the fall of 2017. She is from Gibsonville, NC, just east of Greensboro. She came to the Asheville area in 2005 to attend Montreat College. After graduation she returned home, only to move back to the mountains a year later. She now considers Asheville her home and loves discovering new places to go exploring. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, reading, writing and traveling the world.
Liz was born and raised in High Point, North Carolina. She moved to the area in 1997 to attend Montreat College, where she met her husband, Adam. Liz and Adam loved the area so much that they decided to settle in Black Mountain, and are grateful to be able to raise their children, Will and Emme, in such a friendly, dynamic and creative town. In her spare time, Liz enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, doing home improvement projects, decorating and entertaining.
Emily was born and rasied in Tenessee, but she fell in love with the Asheville area after moving here to attend college. After earning her B.A. in English & Communication, she spent two years working in higher education where she discovered a love for Marketing and Communication. When she's not creating web content or completing tasks for Caleb, she loves going to the movies, painting, reading, making pottery, eating delicious food, exploring new cities, driving the Blue Ridge parkway, and spending hours by the river (mostly likely laying on rocks or dozing in her hammock). She will celebrate her first year at Greybeard in February.
Caleb was born in Portland, Oregon, but grew up in the south. He has lived in the Asheville area since 2007 after moving to the area for college. After graduating, he decided there was no other place on earth he would want to live and spent three years in higher education admissions, communications, and marketing before joining the Greybeard team in 2014. Caleb holds a B.A. in English and a M.S. in Business Management and Leadership. Caleb, his wife, and son live in Black Mountain with their dog Abbey. When he's not working on Greybeard's websites or coming up with new marketing initiatives, Caleb enjoys mountain biking, hiking new trails, listening to live music, traveling, trying new restaurants, reading and writing.
Long-Term Rentals Department
Bethany L. Corn
Bethany is a native of Black Mountain and joined the Greybeard rental team in February 2018. She is a graduate of Western Carolina University where she studied Healthcare Management. Bethany enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends. She is married to Jackie Corn, Jr. of Hendersonville. They have 2 daughters named Gracie and Charlotte.
Shavonne grew up in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, and she moved to Black Mountain 15 years ago after traveling through. Not only did she fall in love with the area, she met and fell in love with her now husband, Benjamin, here as well. Together, they have 2 daughters, Ramona who is 9 and Vivian who is 6. In September, she will celebrate her first year at Greybeard.
Teddy Smith joined the Greybeard Team in 2017. She graduated from Macalester College and also completed her Master's in Accountancy at Western Carolina University. She has been working the in the accounting field in the Black Mountain / Swannanoa Area for over 14 years. She adores living in the mountains with her two kids and dog. When she is not crunching numbers, Teddy enjoys hiking and seeing live music.
Lisa was born and raised in the mountains of North Carolina, and she has been with Greybeard in several different capacities over the last 15 years. She and her husband have two sons who are both happily married, and she has 3 grandchildren. In Lisa's spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, vacationing at the beach, and living life in the mountains.
Maintenance and Housekeeping Department
Ashley is a Black Mountain native, where she lives with her husband, Kevin, and children, Kobe and Addison, and two dogs. In her spare time, Ashley enjoys spending time with her family, relaxing by the pool, and watching Addison play volleyball and softball.
Diana is from Commerce, Georgia, just outside of Athens, where she attended at the University of Georgia. She fell in love with the area through meeting locals and while working as Varsity Cheerleading Coach at Owen High School in Black Mountain. In addition to her five years and counting as a local coach, she has been part of the Greybeard family since 2017. Diana enjoys everything outdoors, crafting and wood-working, spending time in Georgia with her large family, and attending as many UGA football games that she can get to. She and her husband, Perry, who is a Marion native, welcomed their first child, Clint, this year.
Kristen is a Black Mountain native. She studied Outdoor Education at Mars Hill College and Business Management at ABTech. Kristen lives in the Black Mountain area with her husband, daughter, and puppy and enjoys running and watching her daughter play softball.
Jane passed through Black Mountain 15 years ago and never left. She loves everything about the area, but especially the people. Jane has 3 wonderful children who also live in Black Mountain and two amazing granddaughters that light up her life. When asked about what she likes about working at Greybeard, Jane shared that she enjoys working with a team that works closely together and prioritizes the interest of clients, community, and coworkers.
Laura Watrous, with more than two decades of real estate experience, represents Greybeard Realty and Rentals in Burnsville, and the other communities of Mitchell and Yancey Counties. Laura gravitated from a career in advertising sales-marketing and management into real estate from a personal desire to invest, rehab, and landlord real property. In 1999, she obtained her real estate license in Virginia and began serving others' real estate needs/desires as well. When she and her family relocated to the North Carolina mountains in 2008, Laura began focusing on understanding the seasonal impact of vacationers on the local economies of Western NC’s small towns. Laura brings extensive experience in residential real estate sales, long-term and vacation rental investing and management to her clients. She loves living in the NC mountains and states she finds great joy in sharing her enthusiasm with buyers, sellers, vacationers, and everyone in between. In her spare time, Laura pursues adventuring in the wonderful outdoor activities offered in western NC which includes long-distance running, hiking and water sports.
Chip Craig, owner and founder of Greybeard Rentals & Realty, received a BA from Davidson College and earned a Masters of Management (MBA) from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Business. Chip previously served as director of marketing at the North Carolina Outward Bound School and also brings more than six years of commercial and consumer banking experience to the company. Chip's commitment to the community is extensive, currently serves as a member of the following boards. Buncombe County Tourism and Development Authority, Black Mountain Swannanoa Valley Endowment Fund, Buncombe County United Way, and Buncombe County Sports Commission. Chip has served for 8 years as an elected member of the Buncombe County Board of Education representing the Owen District and as a town commissioner for the Town of Montreat. When not in the office, Chip enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids, trail running, skiing and kiteboarding.
As the daughter of a Presbyterian minister, Rachael grew up coming to Montreat each summer. She was lucky enough to move to the area permanently in 1982. She and her husband Anthony, have two daughters and three granddaughters. Anthony teaches and coaches at the local high school. Rachael holds a B.A. in Sociology from UNC-Asheville. She is a deacon at Black Mountain Presbyterian. Some of Rachael's favorite Asheville activities include boating at Lake James, visiting the Asheville Botanical Gardens, NC Arboretum, and the Biltmore Gardens. She also really loves the 4 seasons of Western North Carolina.