After 8 years, Ben Teague has left the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce to serve as the vice president for strategic development at Biltmore Farms. He will also take the lead in government affairs at the company, which has four divisions: Biltmore Farms Commercial, Biltmore Farms Communities, Biltmore Farms Homes, and Biltmore Farms Hotels. In business since 1897, the company is now led by Chair George H.V. Cecil and President and CEO John F.A.V. Cecil, both descendants of founder George Vanderbilt. While at the chamber, Teague was the chief operating officer as well as the executive director of the Economic Development Coalition of Asheville-Buncombe County. While at the chamber, Teague helped over 50 companies decide to locate or expand in Buncombe County, thus paving the way for over 4,000 jobs and $1.2 billion in capital investment in the county. He also oversaw the creation of Venture Asheville, an angel investor group that has helped 22 companies since its formation in 2013. Teague’s successor at the chamber is Clark Duncan, who had been serving as its vice president of economic development. Teague has been invited to serve on the board of directors for the chamber in his new role.