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Todd Gillespie Appointed as Director of Sales and Marketing
for the Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, Washington


Managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts

STEVENSON, Wash. (April 2, 2012)
— Skamania Lodge, located in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge, announced today that it has hired Todd Gillespie to assume the role of director of sales and marketing.

“We are thrilled to bring on such a highly skilled and seasoned professional to lead our group sales efforts,” said Skamania Lodge General Manager Scott Spann. “Todd is coming on at an exciting time for the Lodge and our guests; significant remodeling is currently underway to be completed in late spring, which will make the Lodge even more desirable for those attending meetings and for those seeking an escape from their otherwise hectic lives.”

Gillespie brings more than 20 years of hotel and resort marketing and sales experience. Prior to joining the Lodge on March 28, 2012, he led the group sales efforts at several prestigious properties in West Virginia including Waterfront Place Hotel, The Greenbrier, Stonewall Resort and Glade Springs Resort.  Additionally, he worked at Rocky Gap Lodge and Golf Resort in Cumberland, Md., Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and Spa in Farmington, Pa., and Bedford Springs Resort in Bedford, Pa. While working at these hotels and resorts, Gillespie was able to exceed sales goals, increase revenues and successfully launch new services and amenities for the properties. He is a graduate of Fairmont State University in Fairmont, W.Va.

In his new position at the Lodge, Gillespie oversees all group sales and marketing efforts including a 14-member sales staff.  The sales teams are located in southeast Portland, at the Lodge, and in Seattle; all areas most convenient to clients for continuous communication and responsiveness. Gillespie will share his time between Portland and the Lodge.

About Skamania Lodge

Surrounded by the waterfalls, peaks, forests and canyons of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Skamania Lodge is an all-season mountain resort and conference center situated on 175 acres, 45 minutes east of Portland, Ore., in Stevenson, Wash.  Skamania Lodge boasts the Waterleaf Spa, indoor swimming pool and hot tubs, a fitness center, onsite hiking, an 18-hole par-70 golf course, the Cascade Room, River Rock and the U.S. Forest Service Information Center located in the lobby.  Skamania Lodge is centered in a Pacific Northwest playground with hiking, biking and Sternwheeler cruises along the Columbia River in the summer; skiing and snowshoeing in the winter; and golfing, fishing and whitewater rafting all year long for outdoor enthusiasts.  The Lodge has received numerous awards and recognitions including: Best of the West by Meeting Focus West magazine; the National Choice Award by Smart Meetings magazine; Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator; and the Gold Tier Green Star award from IACC. For more information about this one-of-a-kind property visit: www.skamania.com

About Destination Hotels & Resorts
Destination Hotels & Resorts is a privately held hospitality management company headquartered in Colorado. With more than 35 independent, luxury and upscale hotels, resorts and golf clubs, Destination is the third largest hospitality management company in the country. The company’s portfolio features more than 8,970 guest rooms, 15 golf courses and 16 full-service spas. Destination Hotels & Resorts properties are located in key metropolitan and resort markets including Washington, D.C., 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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Contact: 

Matt Smedley
503.467.4686
msmedley@frause.com


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