Philip Blumenthal, president and director of Wildacres Retreat since 1975, lives in Charlotte with Amy and their two sons, Andrew and Ethan. He is a 1972 graduate of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Wildacreas Retreat is a conference center located one mile from the Blue Ridge Parkway in Little Switzerland, North Carolina. He is also the director and trustee of the Blumenthal Foundation in Charlotte. He serves many organizations in Charlotte and across the nation. Among these organizations are Discovery Place, North Carolina Nature Conservancy, North Carolina Zoological Society, Sierra Club, and Carolinas Land Conservation Network. He serves on the Board of Visitors and the National Development Council at UNC Chapel Hill. He also serves on many advisory boards in addition to the IE BOV, including the Carolina Raptor Center, the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation, the Conservation Trust for North Carolina, the Trust for Public Land, and Central Piedmont Community College.
Philip has received numerous awards and honors for his work, including the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, Conservationist of the Year by the North Carolina Wildlife Foundation, Volunteer Service Award by Partners for Parks in Charlotte, and Outstanding Philanthropist in Conservation by the Roosevelt-Ashe Society.