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2020 Annual Meeting Information


Cassius Cash

Cassius Cash, Superintendent Smoky Mountains National Park

Cassius Cash, Superintendent of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is a native of Memphis, Tennessee and thrilled to be back on his home turf and working on the land and with the communities of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Since his arrival in the Great Smoky Mountains in February of 2015, Cash has experienced many great rewards as well as challenges.

  • From hosting the Hike 100 Centennial program that involved him hiking with more than 180 young people and encouraging them to become future stewards of the park.
  • To meeting the demands of some 11.4 million park visitors.
  • And most recently, oversaw the opening of the newest 15-mile section of the Foothills Parkway, extending from Walland TN to Wears Valley TN. Over 200,000 people experienced it in first six week of opening.

Cash has been an in-demand speaker for nearly four years, sharing his passion for leadership, for wild places, and for inspiriting our youth to become tomorrow’s leaders. He has spoken to the Knoxville Bar Association, the National Boy Scouts of America, and to the Congressional Black Caucus; to name a few. He has also been interviewed and featured in several magazines and news outlets, like Knoxville’s CityView magazine, the Huffington Post, and  Blue Ridge Country magazine, and CBS National News.

As Cash moves into his fifth year of service and the Great Smokies Park moves into its 103nd  year, his leadership message about the importance of embracing challenges and taking risks, about the power of relationships and community, and about the importance of truly knowing yourself as the way to move forward, rings with universal appeal.