Ralph Prestwood


  • Councilmember: 2019 to present


  • June 2020 - Present: Independent Property Inspector, Insurance and Finance;  Real Estate Broker
  • March 2017 - June 2020: Business Development Manager for SERVPRO of Alexander, Caldwell, Burke and Catawba Counties
  • 2016: Interim Executive Director of Caldwell Chamber of Commerce
  • 1983 - 2015: Commercial Real Estate Appraiser and Consultant:  Serving Caldwell, Catawba, Burke, Lincoln, Ashe, Avery, Watauga and other northwestern NC counties.   Real Estate Broker and Investor - Rehab of commercial properties; Lease and Manage commercial rental investments
  • 1967 - 1982: Petroleum Industry, engineering, construction management and project evaluations.  (Jackson Mississippi, New Orleans Louisiana, Chicago Illinois, London England, Aberdeen Scotland and Houston Texas)


  • BS Engineering Degree from North Carolina State University 1967
  • MAI Designation – Appraisal Institute 1995

Current Boards & Affiliations

  • Blue Ridge Energy Community Leaders Council
  • Blue Ridge Energy Foundation Advisory Committee
  • L.A. Dysart Caldwell County Man of the Year Award Recipient 2022
  • Rotary Club of Caldwell County President
  • Rotary Club of Caldwell County Member

Past Boards & Affiliations

  • American Cancer Society Board Member
  • Caldwell Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Chairman 
  • Caldwell Chamber of Commerce Board Member
  • Caldwell County Chamber of Commerce VP Administration & Finance
  • Caldwell County Chamber of Commerce VP Economic Development
  • Caldwell County Economic Development Commission Board Member
  • Caldwell Crimestoppers, Board and Vice President
  • Caldwell Friends Board Member
  • Catawba Valley Board of Realtors Board Member
  • City of Lenoir Economic Development Board Board of Directors Chairman 
  • Mainstreet Lenoir, Board President 1989
  • Caldwell Heritage Museum Board Member and Chairman 
  • Hibriten Sports Boosters Club President – 3 yrs mid 90s
  • Hickory Catawba Valley MLS President 1986
  • Rotary Club of Caldwell County Officer & Board of Directors
  • Lenoir-Caldwell County Board of Realtors - Realtor of The Year 1985
  • Lenoir-Caldwell County Board of Realtors President 1987
  • Lenoir Rotary Club Member 
  • LHS Foundation, Inc., Founder and President 1985
    • Rehab of Lenoir High School Auditorium