George Ivey has a lifelong appreciation for the Blue Ridge Parkway. Born and raised in Asheville, George grew up less than two miles from the Parkway. As a teenager, he worked as a busboy at the restaurant at the Pisgah Inn. An avid cyclist, he bicycled the entire Blue Ridge Parkway in 2004.
“From childhood trips up to Graveyard Fields to more recent visits for birding and hiking, I love the Parkway and all it does to celebrate and protect our natural and cultural heritage and support local tourism,” George says.
George brings robust experience in conservation and fundraising, including previous work for The Nature Conservancy, Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and The North Carolina Arboretum, as well as eight years as a consultant assisting non-profit organizations and public agencies with fundraising and organizational development.
He graduated from Duke University with a degree in political science, and he recently completed his master’s degree in Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Sports Management through N.C. State University. George lives near Hendersonville, North Carolina, with his wife and two young children. E-mail George or call him at (866) 308-2773.