Rich is a former CEO of North American Breweries (“NAB”) which operated four breweries and five Alehouses with such brands as Labatt, Magic Hat, Genesee, Pyramid and Seagrams Escapes. Prior to being CEO of NAB he was CEO of Bristol Compressors International  (Bristol, Virginia) and Blue Ridge Paper Products (Canton, NC). All three companies were owned by KPS Capital Partners, a private equity firm focused on turning around underperforming companies. Prior to leading those companies, Rich was an executive at GE Capital. Rich also served as Interim CEO of Heritage Home Group (a KPS company) in 2015 and serves on the board of directors of the company.

Rich received a BA in Economics from the University of Rochester and an MBA from the Simon School of Management.

Rich has served on the board of the Manna Food Bank in Asheville, NC and the Central and Western North Carolina Chapter of Make A Wish, and the United Way of Greater Rochester.


Tom is a private investor with a particular focus on real estate and financial institutions and is President of Pisgah Investments Foundation.  He has seven years of experience as the COO and CFO of Eastern Development LLC, during which time he oversaw the development of over 100 commercial real estate projects.  Previously, he served as CFO at Atlantic Retail Properties.  He also has 12 years of experience as a senior level banker with BayBank and Citicorp Real Estate.

Tom received a BA in History from College of the Holy Cross.

Tom currently serves on the boards of Mission Health System, Mission Health Foundation, AB Tech Foundation and the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity and is a past director at Carolina Day School. He was a Founding Trustee of Esperanza Academy, a tuition free school for at-risk middle school girls in Massachusetts, and a Founding Trustee for the Beverly School of Kenya, a school for orphans in Africa.


Steve Miller is a family business expert, co-founder of the Family Enterprise Center at UNC’s KenanFlagler Business School, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship. His research focuses on next-generation leadership development in family-owned enterprises. Steve, an Asheville native, works with family businesses and his students to help them create worldclass, sustainable enterprises. His approach is to collaborate with family business leaders to develop and employ strategies designed to align business, family, and ownership goals. He draws on his 35 years of experience as the top non-family executive of the Vanderbilt/Cecil family-owned Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C., where he played a key role in making Biltmore the most visited historic home in the United States, with over one million visitors each year, and in developing Biltmore’s wine and lodging businesses.

Steve is president of GenSpan, Inc. in Asheville, NC. In that role, he consults on succession planning, leadership development, strategy, and governance for The Biltmore Company and a number of other large private family business clients. He serves on the board of Asheville Savings Bank, a public community bank, and is chairman of the board of Draper & Kramer, a family-owned real-estate development and management firm in Chicago.

Professor Miller earned his PhD in Management – Designing Sustainable Systems at Case Western Reserve University. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the Undergraduate Business Program at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.


Tom is the former President, CEO and Chairman of the Oreck Corporation, a leading manufacturer of vacuum cleaners and other home appliances. He is also the former CEO of Temp-tations LLC, a manufacturer and marketer of kitchen stoneware. He currently owns and operates 75 Oreck retail stores.

Tom serves on the Board of Directors of Cutco Corporation and Temp-tations LLC. He also currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Carolina Day School, Penland School of Craft, Mission Hospital and the UNC Asheville Foundation.

Tom is a graduate of Lawrence University and of the owner/president management program of the Harvard Business School.

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