Conference Speakers and Facilitators

Steve Miller

Former Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee & Executive Vice President
The Biltmore Company

Steve served as the top nonfamily executive for The Biltmore Company in Asheville, NC. During his 34-year career with the company, Steve has played a key leadership role in building Biltmore, owned by members of the Vanderbilt/Cecil family, into the most visited historic home in the United States, with over one million visitors each year. Biltmore’s operating divisions include the attraction, four-star Inn on Biltmore Estate, 170,000-case winery, and Biltmore For Your Home licensing program. Steve took early retirement from The Biltmore Company in 2011, to further pursue his personal mission of working with family business leaders to help them develop world-class, sustainable family enterprises to serve their customers, employees, families, and communities.  Read Steve's full bio

William (Bill) A.V. Cecil, Jr.

President and CEO
The Biltmore Company

William Amherst Vanderbilt Cecil, Jr. is the President and CEO of 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, Bill’s great-grandfather. Bill has also served in many capacities across the estate, including his work as project coordinator for the construction of Biltmore’s winery, eventually becoming winery manager, then president of the Biltmore Estate Wine Company. He has also served as assistant vice president of operations, vice president, and senior vice president of The Biltmore Company. He is a member of The Biltmore Company Executive Committee and its Board of Directors.  Read Bill's full bio

Diana Cecil Pickering

Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors
The Biltmore Company

Diana Cecil Pickering is Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for The Biltmore Company, which owns and operates Biltmore in Asheville, NC. A member of the company’s Executive Committee, Dini serves as the Family Office Director 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. Working in her family business since 1982, Dini has been instrumental in establishing many of the company’s significant programs.  Read Dini's full bio

Chase Pickering

Project Manager, Marketing
The Biltmore Company

In July 2014, Chase joined the Marketing team at Biltmore. As a fifth generation family owner of Biltmore, he shares his family’s mission to preserve Biltmore as a privately owned, profitable, working estate. Chase has several years of professional experience with international organizations including The Walt Disney Company, Discovery Communications, and the Jane Goodall Institute. From a young age, Chase has been involved in conservation efforts. He currently serves on the board of directors for Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and advises many global organizations on innovative strategies to connect kids with nature. He graduated from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2011 and now lives in Asheville, NC with his wife, Clary.

Ryan Cecil

Project Manager
The Biltmore Company

Ryan Cecil joined the Biltmore Company in July of 2013 as Project Manager of the Attractions Experience & Branded Products division. Mr. Cecil joined Biltmore from Sterne, Agee & Leach, in New York City, where he served as a senior analyst in the investment banking division. During his tenure at Sterne, Agee & Leach, Mr. Cecil participated in numerous public and private financing and strategic advisory engagements for a variety companies in the energy, financial, and industrial sectors. Mr. Cecil earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Appalachian State University in 2010.

Ann Ashley, SPHR

Vice President, Staffing & Professional Development
The Biltmore Company

For the past 30 years, Ann has watched Biltmore grow from a small, family-owned business to a major attraction of 1,800+ employees that welcomes one million visitors annually. With her background in education and a proven track record building interpersonal relationships, Ann rose through the ranks from restaurant server to Guest Relations Manager of the estate to Visitor Center Manager of the Biltmore Estate Wine Company to become a Vice President with The Biltmore Company.  Ann’s leadership has helped create positive results in team building and internal/external customer service.  Read Ann's full bio

Chris A. Maslin, MBA, SPHR

Director of Staffing & Training
Biltmore Center for Professional Development

Chris is the Director of Staffing & Training for The Biltmore Company in Asheville, NC, and also serves as the Director of Biltmore’s Center for Professional Development.  Over the past 10 years, Chris has created and implemented modern training programs for a variety of age groups and learning styles. Chris excels in both leadership development and strategic/long-term planning. He also provides informative and entertaining facilitation in both individual and group settings with an audience that ranges from front-line staff to CEOs. Read Chris's full bio

Alexandre Monnier

Family Office Exchange

Alexandre, who oversees Family Office Exchange (FOX) membership globally as well as consulting, marketing strategy and business development, has a deep understanding of the private wealth market and extensive experience in creating, delivering, and marketing premium services for wealthy individuals. He joined FOX from PinnacleCare, a leading provider of private health services, where he served as managing director. Previously, he ran Bombardier Skyjet, a private jet travel provider. He was also a management consultant for 10 years, serving firms in the U.S. and Europe on issues ranging from strategy to operational and organizational effectiveness. He has been a member of Young Presidents’ Organization since 2005.

Steve Watson

Corporate Services & CFO

Steve serves as the Senior Vice President of Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer for The Biltmore Company, with responsibilities including overall corporate managerial responsibilities for the accounting, finance, human resources, and information technology departments. Before joining The Biltmore Company, Steve served as vice president of finance and accounting for Revman Industries, a large textile manufacturer and marketing company in Greenville, SC. During his 11-year tenure at that company, he also served as controller. His prior experience includes positions as financial analyst with the Bi-Lo Corporation, corporate accounting manager for U.S. Shelter, corporate accounting manager for J.P. Stevens & Co., and staff accountant for a regional CPA firm. Read Steve's full bio

Greg Mayo

Human Resource Solutions, Inc.

Gregory E. Mayo has over 25 years experience in national accounts management, innovative problem solving, leadership development training, employee pre-employment and evaluation assessments, and employee performance evaluation. He currently works with organizations to improve employee selection, retention, promotion processes, reducing turnover, leadership training, professional development, effective sales techniques, team development, and creation of effective employee evaluation systems.

Greg is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

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