Diana Cecil Pickering
Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors
The Biltmore Company
Dini Cecil Pickering is Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for The Biltmore Company, which owns and operates Biltmore in Asheville, NC. A National Historic Landmark, Biltmore is the private estate of the late George W. Vanderbilt, Dini’s great-grandfather.
A member of the company’s Executive Committee, Dini serves as President of the Family Office and oversees family business initiatives such as family planning meetings and training for future generations. She is also Chairman of Biltmore’s Corporate Philanthropy program. Dini is a sought-after speaker on the topic of family business having presented for numerous conferences and board meetings. Dini also shares her experience and philosophy on family business in training programs offered through the Biltmore Center for Professional Development. Audiences include: UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, The Family Business Alliance, Attorneys for Family Held Enterprise, Campden Americas Family Business Conference, and more.
Working in her family business since 1982, Dini has been instrumental in establishing many of the company’s significant programs. She served as senior vice president in charge of retail operations and was president of Biltmore Estate Reproductions, Inc., the company’s branded consumer products division now called Biltmore For Your Home. Dini has also served as special events coordinator and communications coordinator, managing many of Biltmore’s annual signature events such as Christmas at Biltmore and Biltmore Blooms. Prior to her work with the company, she was the director of Alumni Affairs and Development for Asheville Country Day School, a private college preparatory school.
Dini serves on the board of directors of Eblen Charities. Previous board memberships include Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, Carolina Day School, MANNA FoodBank, NC Zoological Society, and Asheville Symphony Orchestra.
A graduate of Sweet Briar College in Virginia, Dini pursued additional business courses at The University of North Carolina, Asheville and is a graduate of the Leader’s Roundtable from the Bell Leadership Institute. Dini’s husband, Chuck, is President of Agriculture, Government Relations and Land Use Planning for Biltmore. They have two children and reside in Asheville, North Carolina.