We are committed to providing an unparalleled level of quality service and excellence. Our leadership team promises to deliver an experience that is genuine and authentic to the high ethical standards and celebrated traditions of Biltmore Farms since 1897.
George H. V. Cecil is former President of The Biltmore Company, and following reorganization, was President of Biltmore Dairy Farms, Inc., predecessor to Biltmore Farms, LLC. He is the grandson of George Washington Vanderbilt. Mr. Cecil is a member of Mission Healthcare Foundation since 1996, Rotary International, and United Way, and is Director Emeritus of UNC Hospitals. He is the recipient of the 1994 UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine Distinguished Service Award, and in 2015 was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by Governor Pat McCrory. Mr. Cecil was a member of the N.C. Medical Care Commission from 1987-2015; Board of Trustees, Memorial Mission Hospital from 1956-1969 (President, 1959-1964); Board of Directors, UNC-Hospitals 1971-1994 (Vice Chair, 1989-1994), where he also chaired the Joint Conference Committee and the Planning and Development Committee; Chairman, Board of Trustees, Asheville Country Day School; Chairman, Asheville Agricultural Development Council (later WNC Communities); Vice President, Asheville Chamber of Commerce. His previous directorships include Carolina Power and Light Company; Multimedia, Inc.; First Union Corporation and its predecessor, First National Bank & Trust, Asheville, NC.
Mr. Cecil was born in Biltmore, North Carolina, educated in Europe, and attended the University of Glasgow. He served in the British Navy from 1942 to 1946 as an officer on “P.T.” Boats in the North Sea and West Africa. He was married to the late Nancy Owen Cecil for 61 years, and they have 6 children and 16 grandchildren.
John “Jack” Cecil joined Biltmore Farms in 1984, serving in various capacities until being named President and CEO in 1992. Along with his father, George H.V. Cecil, Biltmore Farms has focused its efforts on community building, through developing an extensive portfolio of real estate projects, including a regional shopping mall, a mixed-use urban village, master planned communities, corporate offices, hotels, apartments, medical office buildings, and over 1,000 homes. Prior to his tenure with Biltmore Farms, Cecil was Assistant to the President at Foremost McKesson International in San Francisco. As a steward of economic development across Western North Carolina, Cecil serves as Chair and member of the National Advisory Board of the Institute for Emerging Issues, Governor for the Urban Land Institute Foundation, and is on the Board of Directors of the Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina. Cecil also holds the position of Chair for the WNC Regional Advisory Board of Wells Fargo Bank, N.C., Trustee of the Duke Endowment, Director of SCANA Corporation, and Director of Barron Collier Management, LLC. Cecil received his Bachelor of Arts from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Masters in International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird). Cecil and his wife, Sarah, have been happily married since 1993 and they have four sons.
Brad Galbraith joined the Biltmore Farms team in 2010 after serving as the Chief Operating Officer for Beverly-Hanks & Associates and as the Chief Development Officer for Kimmel Development Group. Before acquiring more than 30 years of experience in real estate development and marketing, Galbraith earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas─Arlington. Galbraith has held numerous leadership roles within the local community, including serving as the past President of the Asheville Board of Realtors and serving on the City of Asheville’s Downtown Commission. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Asheville-Buncombe County Economic Development Coalition, a public-private partnership between the Asheville Chamber of Commerce, Buncombe County and the City of Asheville. He is an active member of the Asheville community and volunteers with many local non-profit organizations.
Prior to joining Biltmore Farms in 2005, Lyle Johnson earned his bachelor’s degree from New Mexico State University. Johnson began his career in Finance in 1998 working for Security Capital Group where he was responsible for analyzing more than $23 billion in real estate transactions. In 2002, Johnson continued his career in finance at GE Capital where he was responsible for all financial aspects of a $5.3 billion real estate portfolio. Prior to Johnson’s appointment as Chief Financial Officer of the Company in 2016, he served as the Vice President of Finance for Biltmore Farms from 2007 to 2016, deepening his more than 18 years of experience in financial accounting/analysis, strategic planning/forecasting for commercial and residential real estate as well as developing and maintaining solid lender relationships. Johnson continues his service as President of the Biltmore Lake Homeowners Association Board since joining in 2007, is a member of several other Residential Associations, is a member of the Western Carolina University MBA advisory board, and is a graduate of Leadership Asheville Class 33.
Tammy McIntosh joined Biltmore Farms in October 1999. McIntosh has more than 20 years’ experience in property management and leasing having worked with The Limited Stores, Inc., The Edward J. DeBartolo Corporation and Simon Property Group. She attended Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College and Montreat College. In addition to her contributions at Biltmore Farms, she currently serves on the Eblen Charities Advisory Board and the Mountain Child Advocacy Center Board. She previously served on the Buncombe County School Foundation Board, American Cancer Society Board, the Mountain Area Hospice Foundation Board, and the United Way Peaks Committee. During McIntosh’s tenure with Biltmore Farms she has led her team to win two years in a row the National Commercial Real Estate Customer Service Award “The Best In The Industry Crystal Award” for Highest Level of Service Excellence for nine properties; three years “A List” Platinum Awards for six properties, and for thirteen consecutive years “A List Awards” covering eleven properties.
Ron Storto brings a wealth of experience to his role as Vice President of Hospitality for Biltmore Farms. Working with Red Roof Inns and Sheraton properties, his experience includes operations, franchising and development. Storto began his career at One Newark Associates, a commercial and hotel development company in Rochester, N.Y. Currently, Storto serves on the AB Tech Foundation Board, is Co-Chair of the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority (BCTDA) Chairman’s Roundtable, and a founding member of the Asheville-Buncombe Regional Sports Commission. Past leadership roles include board member and chair of Junior Achievement of WNC, Tourism Product Development Fund and the BCTDA, member of the Mayor’s Civic Center Task Force, member of the UNC Asheville Foundation Board and member of the Asheville Regional Airport Corporate Advisory Group. Storto earned his Bachelor of Arts in Finance from the University of Miami and his Certified Hotel Administrator certificate from the Educational Institute of the AHMA.
Ben Teague joined the Biltmore Farms team in 2018 after serving as the Executive Director of the Asheville-Buncombe County Economic Development Coalition (EDC) for more than nine years. His focus at Biltmore Farms is crafting and executing strategy to turn real estate and relationships into capital investment and jobs for the community. Throughout his career, he has placed more than 60 economic development projects and over $1.5 billion in capital investment in multiple states. Ben’s work has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, Wall Street Journal, Popular Mechanics, National League of Cities Case Study, Business Expansion Journal, and Trade and Industry Magazine. In 2017, he was named one of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers by Consultant Connect and received Development Counselors International’s Top 40 Under 40 award. He led the Asheville-Buncombe County EDC team to become one of 50 Accredited Economic Development Organizations (AEDO) in the nation. Ben earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Mississippi College and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Mississippi. He has completed the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute and earned the Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) designation from the National Development Council.
Lee oversees all phases of development and construction for Biltmore Farms’ commercial projects as well as the company’s homebuilding operations. During his tenure with Biltmore Farms, some of his notable projects include the commercial expansion at Biltmore Park Town Square, The Parkway Center’s Fresh Market, The Ramble’s Living Well Center and Longmeadow Park, the DoubleTree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore expansion and renovation, the Residence Inn Biltmore remodel, the new construction of the Hampton Inn & Suites Asheville-Biltmore Village, along with residential community development within The Ramble and Biltmore Lake. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Clemson University’s College of Architecture and a Master’s degree from Auburn University’s College of Architecture, Design & Construction. Thomason is on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Arboretum and the Black Mountain Home for Children, Youth and Families. He was appointed by the Governor to the North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors (Vice Chairman) and previously served as Chairman of the Western North Carolina Public Lands Council.