Debnam joined the N.C. Board of Transportation in March 2015.
native of North Carolina, Debnam grew up in the Raleigh area before moving to
Jackson County. He attended Louisburg College and worked in the grading and
timber business before founding Western Carolina Properties real estate firm in
Dillsboro and Cullowhee.
was twice president of the Northern Jackson Board of Realtors and chairman of
the multiple listing service board. He was a founding board member and past
president of Jackson County Habitat for Humanity and A.W.A.K.E., a child advocacy organization. He
has also served on the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce executive board, the
Smoky Mountain Local Management Entity and the executive board of the
Southwestern Regional Commission, and as chairman of the Jackson County
recently, he served as the only unaffiliated chairman of the Jackson County
Board of Commissioners ever elected in North Carolina.