Diane was born in Haverhill, MA but grew up in Derry, NH. She graduated from Pinkerton Academy High School and then obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management, with a minor in Marketing, from Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire. Before relocating to Lake Lure in 2012, Diane and her husband, Rick, spent 17 years living and working in Phoenix, AZ. The last 13 years of which Diane worked as an Executive Assistant to the CEO for a 403B non-profit organization. It was here that she was able to hone in on her business development, operations, & human resources skills. As the Executive Assistant to Amy Conner-Murphy, Diane is an invaluable member of the team. She facilitates client communication, coordinates schedules, and manages the office calendar. She assists in design-related research, product specifications, and works with clients to catalog and manage inventory. She keeps us organized and always has a smile on her face.
Settling in Western North Carolina wasn’t something Diane had originally considered. Diane’s husband first started traveling to the Asheville area for business. After numerous trips, he got Diane to come along. He knew that if she spent just a little bit of time in WNC that she would love it–and he was correct! The allure was so great, that they decided to leave Arizona and make the move east. After looking all around Western North Carolina, Lake Lure is where they decided to make their home. Attracted by the beauty of the man-made, mountain lake, as well as the small town charm. Embracing an active lifestyle in an idyllic setting, this is a dream come true for Diane and Rick and this is why they are putting down roots for their forever home in the Lake Lure community.
“I have had the pleasure of living in many parts of the U.S.–each unique and beautiful in their own right, but there’s nothing like the call of the mountains. Myself a transplant to Western North Carolina, I bring this perspective to working with our clients. I know first hand that it doesn’t take long at all before you feel like you’re a part of the fabric of this community.”
Behind the Scenes with Diane Daneau
Q: Describe your job in three words.
A: “I would say ” busy, busy, busy.”
Q: What is your favorite thing to do in WNC?
Q: What are your favorite hobbies?
A: “Hiking with my dog Sasha & riding my ride”
Q: What made you choose WNC as home?
A: “The beauty of the mountains and four seasons with a mild Winter”
Q: If you could live anywhere else, where would it be?
A: “On a large horse farm in WNC”
Q: What room do you spend the most time in at home?
A: “Living room”
Q: If you could change one thing about your home what would it be?
A: “Closer to the city (Hendersonville or Asheville)”
Q: What is your favorite type of food?
A: “All food!!”
Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: “An Equestrian and a Veterinarian”
Q: How do you take your coffee?
A: “Preferably with friends or just with a little milk”
Q: Tell us something a lot of people don’t know about you.
A: “I was an ROTC student while in my junior & senior year in college. I completed basic training as an ROTC Cadet in Fort Knox, Ky. I completed basic camp at the top of my class for physical fitness and leadership.”
Q: If you could visit anywhere in the world you haven’t been, where would it be?
A: “Bali (Island in Indonesia)”
Credentials and CV
– Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management with a minor in Marketing from Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire
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