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“Achieving YOUR Goal. Consider it Done!”
Bill Fishburne is one of Western North Carolina’s best known personalities and business leaders. Since joining Beverly-Hanks in 2007 he has also become one of the firm's best known agents.
Bill and his wife, Barbara, opened the area’s first large computer retail store, ComputerLand of Asheville, in 1983, and grew it to a chain of six stores before selling it in 1992. In 1994 he "invented the Internet" locally by founding the area’s first Internet Service Provider, Internet of Asheville. When he sold the company in 1995 it had more than 8,000 subscribers over a seven county area. In real estate, Bill is certified as a Accredited Buyer's Agent, as a Residential Construction Specialist and a Certified New Home Sales specialist. He works mostly with buyers but tries to maintain a modest level of personal listings as well.
Bill's background is diverse. Born in Asheville he graduated from N.C. State University with a degree in Product Design. His first job out of college was a young man's dream, as Associate Editor of Car and Driver magazine. He was drafted into the U.S. Army where he eared a commission through the Infantry Officer Candidate School at Ft. Benning, Ga. He volunteered for Airborne training and was fortunate to qualify for further training with the Army's most elite group, the Green Berets of Special Forces. He earned his Special Forces shoulder tab at Ft. Bragg, NC, and was assigned as an A-Team leader in the 8th Special Forces Group at Ft. Gulick, Canal Zone. Of that experience, Bill says “being an A-Team leader was the best job in the Army, if not the world.” His A-Team was also the military free-fall parachute team that traveled throughout South and Central America performing exhibition jumps to further friendships between the U.S. and our Latin American neighbors.
He speaks and reads Spanish.
After serving our country he enjoyed a successful business career in communications that took him from Connecticut, to Ohio and ultimately to Chicago as the head of public relations for a Fortune 50 company. During his years in the corporate world Bill pursued other personal challenges that included skydiving as a serious sport. He accumulated more than 3,000 jumps during a 10-year period. He also was a professional race car driver, driving Saab sedans for the Saab factory team and Shelby Cobra sports cars for Team Shelby Racing.
In 1980, Bill and his wife, Barbara, made the decision to relocate to Western North Carolina to start and raise their family. He loves to share his belief that this is the finest place in the world to live and raise a family. After selling his Asheville business he used his communications skills to become a highly popular morning talk show radio host and co-founded The Tribune weekly newspapers in Asheville, Hendersonville and Weaverville.
His belief in giving back to community is proven by his track record as a member of the Asheville Council of Independent Business Owners since 1988, the many boards and commission he has served through the years including two terms on his church vestry. He recently completed his second 3-year term on the Board of the Asheville Lyric Opera and was vice-chair of the Asheville Public Art Board. He helped found the Torch Club (a debating society) of WNC and served three terms as president, and also has served as president of the Arden Rotary Club. He is a member of the Hendersonville Round Table discussion group. His personal hobbies include writing, sketching, cars, and singing in his church choir.