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John Garth is Vail Cascade Resort's New Managing Director
From Indiana to Connecticut to Florida, Garth returns to the town that inspired his passion for hospitality
Garth joins the Vail Cascade Resort from The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC, where he worked for nearly six years, most recently as the General Manager at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and Spa in Jupiter, FL. Garth began his hospitality career serving in various sales and marketing positions throughout Marriott International before ending his 13-year-long career with the company as General Manager at Vail Marriott Mountain Resort. For three years he served as Vice President of Sales & Marketing at the Vail Valley Tourism and Convention Bureau where he was instrumental in designing various signature programs the organization still uses today, such as Vail on Sale and the Lodging Quality Assurance program. He also helped the organization expand beyond traditional demographic age targets and implement various sales and marketing programs to appeal to a younger demographic, an approach that continues to prove successful today.
"We are very excited to have John aboard. He’s a terrific collaborator and is anxious to work alongside our entire team at the Cascade to unveil new opportunities to take the Vail Cascade to new heights,” said Fischer. “He is an accomplished industry leader that knows how to inspire everyone to greatness and his passion for all things hospitality is contagious. We are confident that under his leadership, the Vail Cascade will remain top of mind for both leisure and business travelers looking to experience the best in the Vail Valley." Throughout his career, Garth has earned a myriad of industry accolades and awards for his passion for hospitality excellence, including Marriott International’s and White Lodging’s General Manager of the Year Award. In both 2010 and 2011, he and his team at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and Spa, Jupiter, earned the Outstanding Community Footprints Award, for exceptional philanthropic programming on behalf the well-being of children, poverty relief and environmental responsibly. During his tenure at White Lodging, he was also the recipient of the prestigious Chairman’s Circle Award, given only eight times in the company’s 25-year history for exceptional service to the organization. Prior to leaving Vail, Garth was actively involved in the community and has plans to re-root in the Vail Valley to support the town's travel and tourism initiatives.
"There’s nothing greater than returning to the place that my family and I have called home for the better part of the last 20 years. The passion I have ‘for all things Vail Valley’ runs very deep”, said Garth, “and having the wonderfully good fortune to be part of such a talented team at the Vail Cascade makes our homecoming just about perfect. It’s inspiring to know that I’ll be working alongside people every day that share the same level of enthusiasm for creating memorable guest experiences that I do. I look forward to partnering with the team to take the resort to unparalleled heights”.
Vail Cascade is a creek side, ski-in/ski-out base camp to the very best of Colorado — in every season. With the finest features of an alpine village, Vail Cascade nurtures guests with a wide expanse of natural beauty; Vail’s most comprehensive conference facility; the incomparable Aria Athletic Club & Spa; creative Colorado cuisine and craft beer in Atwater on Gore Creek; and a wide variety of Vail accommodation offerings, including condominiums and private homes ideal for extended stays. Along with every amenity necessary to make the most of each stay, guests enjoy engaging experiences delivered by a team whose true passion is to serve and share the Colorado they love in the most genuine and meaningful way. Visit www.VailCascade.com and call 800.282.4183 for more information.
Destination Hotels & Resorts is a privately held hospitality management company headquartered in Colorado. With 40 independent, luxury and upscale hotels, resorts and golf clubs, Destination is the fourth largest hospitality management company in the country. The company’s portfolio features more than 9,600 guest rooms, 18 golf courses and 16 full-service spas. Destination Hotels & Resorts properties are located in key metropolitan and resort markets including Washington, D.C., Chicago, Seattle, Denver, San Diego, Santa Fe, Aspen, Austin, Phoenix, Portland, Palm Springs, Palos Verdes, Maui and Lake Tahoe. The company is a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based investment, development and management firm Lowe Enterprises. For a complete list of properties in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection, please visit www.destinationhotels.com.
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