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Phil has a long career in the private club industry with various roles as General Manager and as Clubhouse Manager over the past 20+ years. He polished his food and beverage skills early in his career at Carmel Country Club in Charlotte, and advanced his career with East West Partners Club Management and Crescent Resources in Charlotte, Arizona, and Reno before returning to the Southeast in 2013, at Dataw Island Club in South Carolina. Phil has vast experiences in club capital projects, F&B operations, and in club openings from his days with EWPCM. Phil is a University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Kenan Flagler Business School graduate. Phil and his wife are from Beaufort, South Carolina but love calling the mountains of western North Carolina home.
Director of Development
Crawford has spent the last 11 years working in the real estate development industry. Prior to coming to Balsam in 2017, he spent ten years with a Charlotte-based developer, Crescent Communities, where he held multiple roles in developing their Lake James and Palmetto Bluff projects. Crawford graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South with a degree in History and went on to earn his Master of Real Estate Development from Portland State University’s School of Urban Studies and Planning in Portland, Oregon. Originally from Atlanta, Crawford frequently made his way to the mountains of Western North Carolina in his free time, ultimately leading him to move to the area in 2007. He currently lives in Asheville with his wife and two young children.
Growing up miles from the entrance of Balsam Mountain Preserve, Amy was raised in Sylva, NC where she attended Smoky Mountain High and studied at Southwestern Community College. Amy has been a part of the Balsam Mountain team for 15 years working in various departments adjusting to the needs of the community. Most recently, she is part of the Accounting department. Amy lives in nearby Whittier with her husband and three children.
Terry White comes to Balsam with love for the mountains and all the natural amenities it has to offer. He and his family are originally from Jacksonville, Fl. Terry graduated with a BFA from the University of North Florida. After many years of family camping trips, mountain biking, sightseeing, hiking, and just being in the area, they decided to take a leap of faith in 2015 and move to WNC full time with his wife of 20 years and two boys! They have never looked back! Terry also proudly served six years in the United States Coast Guard. “Semper Paratus!”
Terry brings over fifteen years of sales experience to Balsam. He is excited to show his clients their forever, second, or vacation home in the mountains.
After 30 years of success in technology sales, marketing, and sales leadership, Michael was looking for new inspiration and to take his career in a different direction – he found exactly what he was looking for at Balsam Mountain Preserve. Michael is very excited to wake up every morning to come to work on the mountain, the combination of all we have to offer and helping folks find their dream homes, couldn’t be more fulfilling.
Michael hails originally from Chicago, lived in the Seattle area for 16 years, and recently moved to the Asheville area from Puerto Rico. He and his wife, Dianne, are the proud parents of 4 children who are avid hikers, fledgling golfers, and like to slip in a little horseback riding from time to time. Michael is delighted to be a part of the Balsam Community.
Morgan comes to Balsam Mountain Preserve with a love for the outdoors, visual arts and telling the stories that need to be told. A local to the Waynesville, North Carolina area, she is also a graduate of Western Carolina University where completed her Bachelor of Science in Communication with concentrations in journalism and broadcasting. She later went on to complete her Master of Arts degree at Appalachian State University in New Media and Global Education. Morgan spent six years working in marketing in Charlotte, North Carolina in the radio industry and then later on within the non-profit realm of international missions. Her return to the western North Carolina Mountains has been met with excitement by both her and her family.
Executive Assistant & Sales Office Manager
Born and raised in the Foothills of North Carolina, Sam has always been drawn to the mountains. She is a snow skier, kayaker, hiker, and loves adventuring outdoors with her dog. She graduated from Western Carolina University in 2016, with a B.S. in Hospitality and Tourism and a B.S.B.A in Management. After graduation, Samantha stayed in the mountains! She worked in Sylva as the Director of Guest Experience for a vacation rentals firm, providing knowledge of area tourist attractions to visitors from all over. She is excited to utilize her local expertise and organizational abilities while providing support for the sales team and members of Balsam Mountain Preserve.
Lou is a recent graduate from the University of South Florida, with a B.A. in English and Mass Communications, concentrating in creative writing, and broadcast production. While at the university, he worked for their Outdoor Recreation team, promoting the outdoor lifestyle to students and staff. He fell in love with both his work and studies and has found a new way to blend his skill set here at Balsam Mountain Preserve. He is passionate about creative storytelling in all forms.