The Executive Team

Red Ledges developers, Tony Burns and Nolan Archibald are top Fortune 500 businessmen with first-hand knowledge and expertise in developing and running successful businesses. With deep roots in the Heber Valley, these are men with a vested interest in being great stewards of the 2,000 acres that were acquired over a 33-year period with 27 different transactions. Together, these friends and business partners are the heart and soul of Red Ledges.

Red Ledges grew from an inspired vision. One that included dedication and trust based on years of commitment and generations of personal family history. 

M. Anthony Burns

Managing Owner

M. Anthony Burns, managing owner of Red Ledges, is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Directors of Ryder System, Inc., a FORTUNE 500® commercial transportation, logistics and supply chain management solutions company. Raised in Mesquite, Nev., M. Anthony earned a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and an MBA from the University of California – Berkeley.

M. Anthony presently serves on the Board of Directors of Pfizer Inc. and Huntsman Corporation and is a life trustee of the University of Miami Board of Trustees. Formerly he served on the boards of directors of Stanley Black & Decker, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., and J.C. Penney Company, Inc.

Nolan D. Archibald


Nolan D. Archibald, Co-Owner of Red Ledges, is Executive Chairman of the Board of Stanley Black & Decker, a $13 billion diversified global provider of hand tools, power tools and related accessories, mechanical access solutions, electronic security solutions, engineered fastening systems, and more. Born in Ogden, Utah, Nolan was an All-American basketball player at Dixie State College and an Academic All American at Weber State University.

Board Member of Huntsman Chemical, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Brunswick.
Former Board Member of ITT Corporation.

Mitchel Burns


Mitchel A. Burns, Chief Operating Officer of Red Ledges, oversees property and club operations for the private mountain community. His focus is on the strategic development plan, including real estate and amenity expansion efforts. Mitchel also manages the sales and marketing teams as well as important partner relationships with Jack Nicklaus, Jim McLean, Troon Golf, Cliff Drysdale and the St. Regis Deer Valley®.

Prior to his integral role at Red Ledges, Mitchel managed development projects in Mesquite, Nevada, for Burns Holdings, the parent company of Red Ledges. He oversaw the construction of a movie theater complex complete with restaurant sites along with the redevelopment of a truck stop and cafe site.

Earlier in his career, Mitchel worked for more than 15 years in the computer software industry. Most recently, Mitchel was instrumental in bringing to market Inrix’s real-time and predictive traffic information system, which is used by leading navigation and traffic solution providers such as Cobra, BMW, MapQuest and TCS.

Mitchel was also part of the Pacific Edge Software team that designed and developed a leading portfolio management solution used by Fortune 500 companies to monitor and manage all aspects of a company’s initiative. In addition, he worked for IMG and established and managed the firm’s Seattle office, which provided customized software and training services for Microsoft and other clients. Mitchel earned a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University.

Todd Cates


Todd R. Cates is the Chief Financial Officer for Red Ledges. He leads finance and government relations for the community. He spent nearly 10 years with Fidelity Investments in different positions after attending Brigham Young University.

As the first employee and initial Project Manager for Red Ledges, Todd was responsible for the original modeling, pro formas and all other aspects of the start of the community.  He oversaw the planning and engineering of the development, city and county negotiations and entitlements, negotiating the contracts with partners such as Nicklaus, Troon and others, banking and financial relationships, formation of HOA and club documents, establishing Red Ledges Realty, Club and Homebuilding, etc.


Rex McGuire

Vice President of Operations – Construction

Rex McGuire leads the Red Ledges Construction team as a home building professional with over 20 years of construction, development and operations experience. Some of his experience includes; construction management, land planning and development, product development, customer service and green building technology.

Rex has spent his career defining home building excellence with private and public home builders throughout California, Nevada, and Utah.  He combines industry expertise with a strong history of success to deliver an exceptional home building experience for every Red Ledges property owner.

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