Our Team

Ed Hillis, Highlands Cove Realty

Ed Hillis


Highlands Cove Realty is a second career for Ed. For 36 years he was a General Manager at Crown Automotive, with a focus on customer relationships. After living in the Highlands/Cashiers region part-time since 2003, he finally “retired” here in 2009 and fell in love…More

Office Phone: 828.526.8128
Office Fax: 828.526.1918
Cell Phone: 336.669.1406

Jennifer Blake


Jennifer transitioned to Highlands Cove Realty from the Highlands Cove Country Club, where she was Food & Beverage Director for almost three years. Like Ed, she decided to turn her passion for the Old Edwards lifestyle into a new career and joined Mountain…More

Office Phone: 828.526.8128
Office Fax: 828.526.1918
Cell Phone: 828.226.3030
Darlene Conley, Highlands Cove Realty

Darlene Conley

Broker Associate

Darlene is a graduate of Western Carolina University with a degree in Finance and Economics. Prior to raising a family, she worked the financial industry…More

Office Phone: 828.526.8128 ext 202
Office Fax: 828.526.1918
Cell Phone: 404.427.2448
Bill Gilmore, Highlands Cove Realty

Bill Gilmore

Broker Associate

Bill has experience in Highlands, NC real estate as owner of The Glendale Group, LLC in Georgia, which specializes in Highlands’s vacation rentals…More

Office Phone: 828.526.8128
Office Fax: 828.526.1918
Cell Phone: 404.455.5712
Ashlee Maitland, Highlands Cove Realty

Ashlee Maitland

Marketing Assistant

Ashlee grew up in the Highlands/Cashiers area where she graduated from Highlands High School. While attending Highlands High School, she was a member of the National Beta Club and goalkeeper of the women’s varsity soccer team….More

Office Phone: 828.526.8128
Office Fax: 828.526.1918

Merritt Shaw

Broker Associate

Merritt grew up in Bryson City, NC and went to Southwestern Community College, earned an Associates of Applied Science in Paralegal Technology. She continued her education at Western Carolina University and earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Communications…More

Office Phone: 828.526.8128 ext 201
Office Fax: 828.526.1918

Brittney Simyon

Reservation Specialist

Brittney was born and raised in the outskirts of Charlotte, North Carolina. She attended Western Carolina University and fell in love with the mountains and her husband, Rob. She never imagined she would end up back in the mountains of Western NC. As a new member of the Highlands community…More

Office Phone: 866.921.0106
Office Fax: 828.526.1918

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