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Nick Breedlove

Executive Director
Jackson County, NC Tourism Development Authority
Nick Breedlove

Nick Breedlove is a highly regarded leader and expert in the tourism industry, known for his innovative approach and strategic vision. As the former youngest elected Mayor in North Carolina, he transformed Jackson County, NC into an economic powerhouse, generating almost half a billion dollars in annual visitor spending from a two-million-dollar budget.

Nick has earned multiple certifications, including Travel Marketing Professional and Certified Destination Management Executive credentials. He is dedicated to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion and was part of the first graduating class to receive the Certified Diversity Travel Professional credential from Travel Unity. In 2023 he earned his Certification in Advanced Hospitality and Tourism Analytics from STR.

He is an alumnus of the N.C. Rural Center's Economic Development Institute and serves on the Board of Directors for the Blue Ridge Parkway Association. He is an active member of several prominent organizations, including the Southeast Tourism Society and the Board of Advisors for Western Carolina University's Hospitality and Tourism program. Nick is also a valuable member of the Destinations International Small DMO Committee & Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

His unwavering commitment to economic development and community empowerment is evident in his leadership style and achievements. His insights and perspectives are highly sought after, and his passion for promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the industry is especially noteworthy. His contributions in this regard have set a standard for other leaders to follow, making him a leader and influencer in the tourism industry.