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Lee Bowden Named President and General Manager of the Gateway Canyons Resort
Properties in Western Colorado; the New Resort a Personal Project
of John Hendricks, Founder of The Discovery Network
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Gateway, CO (April 25, 2007) – S. Lee Bowden has been named president and general manager of the new Gateway Canyons Resort Properties in historic Gateway, Colo.  A visionary hotelier with more than two decades of hospitality experience, Bowden will oversee the entire operation of this burgeoning resort and residential development in western Colorado, which is a personal project and passion of John Hendricks, founder of The Discovery Network.

“This is a key, strategic hire for Gateway Canyons,” said Hendricks.   “The breadth of Lee’s experience, together with his expertise in opening and repositioning some of the country’s leading resort properties, gives us immediate credibility and ensures our development among the country’s most sought-after luxury resort and residential communities.” 

Taking shape in far western Colorado near the Utah border, Gateway Canyons Resort enjoys a setting of incomparable desert beauty. Its focal point is the Palisade, a red sandstone landform that overwhelms the landscape with its breathtaking size.  Against a backdrop of expansive red rock canyon walls, the resort features adobe-style architecture throughout, including its guest accommodations at the Outpost Inn and Canyon Casitas.   

Early this summer Kiva Lodge will open with 42 luxury guest rooms, a new pool and clubhouse courtyard.  Other distinguishing features of the resort include the Gateway Colorado Auto Museum, featuring more than 40 vehicles owned by John Hendricks, and the Summit School Riding Ranch, an extraordinary equestrian facility offering beginner-riding instruction in the green pastures of the high-canyon floor and guided tours to the top of the Uncompahgre Plateau. 

A luxury spa, 18-hole championship-caliber golf course, an unprecedented learning academy and additional luxury suites are slated to debut beginning fall of 2008.

In making the announcement, Hendricks noted the contributions of John Williams, president of Western Sky Investments LLC and General Counsel, who will continue to play an integral role in the development of Gateway Canyons Resort as well as oversee the Hendricks land holdings in Gateway Canyons.

Before joining Gateway Canyons, Bowden was managing director of The Sagamore, the private island resort on Lake George in Bolton Landing, NY.  During his six year tenure there, he oversaw a multi-million dollar enhancement program for the 350-room luxury resort and was instrumental in developing The Sagamore Sailing School.

Prior to The Sagamore, Bowden was vice president and general manager of The Equinox for ten years, where he oversaw a $14 million renovation program.  As part of the repositioning of the resort, Bowden was instrumental in establishing the only British School of Falconry in the United States and the first Land Rover Driving School, two highly successful, distinct partnerships.  Bowden’s management expertise and creative marketing further established this award-winning property throughout the Northeast and the entire United States.  

Prior positions include serving as vice president and general manager of Carambola Beach Resort on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where he oversaw all aspects of operation and marketing for four years, and director of sales and marketing and, later, resident manager, of The Woodstock Inn & Resort in Woodstock, Vt.  from 1982 – 1988.  

Bowden earned his stripes as sales manager and convention service manager at the landmark Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.  Earlier in his career he held positions with The Plaza in New York and Kedron Valley Inn and The Inn at Mt. Ascutney, both in Vermont.
A 1998 Borden E. Avery Innkeeper of the Year, Bowden has served on the Resort Committee of AHLA since 1993 and is a member of the Cornell Society of Hotelmen, the Escoffier Society and Chaine Des Rotisseurs.  He is also a Waldorf Astoria Distinguished Alumnae.
In addition, Bowden serves as a board member of the Resort Hotel Association, which provides insurance services and products to independent resorts.  

Bowden holds an M.P.S. with an emphasis in marketing from the Cornell School of Hotel Management and also completed its Advanced Management Program.  He graduated with a B.A. in Economics and Spanish from Hobart College.   
            
An avid outdoorsman, Bowden enjoys alpine and Nordic skiing, hunting, mountaineering, scuba diving, trap & skeet, sporting clays, falconry and off-road driving.  He is also an equestrian and fly fishing enthusiast.

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Contact:

Gateway Canyons Resort
www.gatewaycanyons.com

Victoria Feldman de Falco
212.229.0119
defalco@redpointpr.com
 

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Also See: S. Lee Bowden Named General Manager at The Sagamore Replacing the Retiring W. Robert McIntosh / June 2001
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