Meet Eric Burns Eric Burns is no stranger to the values of honesty, hard work, and common sense. But, like many of us here in Western North Carolina, both his character and his story are rooted in humble beginnings. Eric started from the bottom up. At the age of 14 scrubbing floors and toilets at the Haywood Park Hotel in downtown Asheville, where his father was a maintenance engineer. Eric so impressed his boss with his strong work ethic that he was quickly promoted when a bellman position became available. He continued working his way up, where, by age 17, he became the front office manager — responsible for both the front desk staff and the bellman staff. All this — working a full-time job from 3-11 pm — while he was still in high school. Eric graduated with honors and towards the top of his class at Charles D. Owen High in 1996. Because of his impressive early start and experience working with computers in the hotel industry, an Atlanta-based software company saw his enormous potential and scooped him right up. Eric traveled around the nation meeting with the company's high-profile clients, installing critical software, and solving problems. His hard work allowed him to buy his first house at age 21, but as committed as he was to his career, traveling so frequently started taking its toll and his commitment to his family now came first. So for the next three years, Eric worked as an estimator with a local paving company, preparing proposals and working with other industry professionals to ensure that projects were completed on-time and on-budget. Eric now co-owns NovaCor Consulting Group, which specializes in payroll, human resources, and information technology. In addition, Eric handles sales and marketing and accounts receivable. Eric lives in Candler with his wife of 14 years, Greta, and their three children, Caroline, Blake, and Madelynn. A devout Christian his entire life, Eric and his family attend the Maple Ridge Baptist Church there. Eric and Greta also serve the community in numerous volunteer capacities, including with "In His Name Ministries," a group that provides food, medicine, and critical supplies to the homeless and other at-risk populations, the ABCCM, and "Ignite Youth," a ministry of Maple Ridge Church on Wednesdays nights. Eric and Greta are no strangers to adversity themselves. Like many of us, they were struck by the financial collapse of 2008 and nearly lost their home. Yet, their determination, their work ethic, and their faith saw them through. Eric has also served as the vice-chair of the Asheville Civic Center and was most recently asked to serve on the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Advisory Council, a group dedicated to raising awareness of juvenile diabetes. As someone who has dedicated his life to family, faith, and serving his community, Eric looks forward to serving the people of Buncombe County's 116th District on the North Carolina House of Representatives.