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Manchester Grand Resorts Names Thomas Allen James
General Manager of Whitetail Club & Resort
in Northern Idaho

MCCALL, ID (November 29, 2006) – Thomas Allen James – previously with The Lodge at Torrey Pines Golf & Spa Resort in La Jolla, CA – has been named general manager of Whitetail Club & Resort, a luxury lakefront resort in Northern Idaho owned and operated by San Diego-based Manchester Grand Resorts.

As Whitetail’s general manager, James will direct the day-to-day operations of this popular destination on Payette Lake, which is located on 1,200 pristine acres in McCall, a small mountain town 100 miles north of Boise. 

James will work closely with Whitetail President John Sabala to oversee the resort, which includes 77 suites, casual and formal dining venues, a spectacular 18-hole championship golf course and clubhouse, a swimming pool, a lakefront marina, 13,000 square feet of meeting and banquet facilities and two tennis courts. 

According to Sabala, James is “an experienced hotelier with a well-rounded background, which will be key as we work to establish Whitetail as a luxury mountain retreat for all seasons.”

With nearly 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry, James has extensive hands-on expertise in sales and labor management, staff development, budgeting, conference services and food service delivery for a variety of high-end properties. He was most recently the director of food and beverage at The Lodge at Torrey Pines Golf & Spa Resort, a 175-room property that he helped open in 2002. James was instrumental in helping this acclaimed resort achieve a Five Diamond rating from AAA within its first year of operation.

Prior positions include director of catering and conferences services at the Carmel Valley Rancho Resort and Golf Club, a luxury property in Carmel, CA; director of event management at Marriott’s Westfields Conference Center and Golf Resort in Chantilly, VA; and assistant director of conference services at Marriott’s Tan-Tar-A Resort and Country Club on Lake of the Ozark in Missouri. 

A native of Seattle, WA, he attended Arizona State University. 

A long-celebrated part of McCall history, Whitetail was originally opened in 1948 as the Shore Lodge. In 1993, San Diego-based Manchester Grand Resorts purchased the resort and in 1999 embarked on an ambitious $25 million renovation – creating a luxurious resort and country club. Following the refurbishment, the number of rooms went from 116 to 77, turning Whitetail into an all-suite resort; and the level of service and number of amenities and luxuries increased dramatically.

Resort highlights now include: 18 holes of championship golf; two tennis courts; a racquetball court; boating and water activities; two restaurants (fine dining and casual venues); a bar adjacent to the lobby; a sandy beach; a swimming pool; two expansive hot tubs; a 45-seat movie theater; facial and massage treatment rooms; a sauna and state-of-the-art fitness facilities. 

Despite its secluded location, Whitetail is remarkably easy to reach. Eight major airlines service Boise International Airport. From Boise, travelers enjoy a beautiful two-hour drive up Highway 55 – along the Payette River – to Whitetail Club & Resort.

About Manchester Grand Resorts
Founded in 1970 by Douglas “Papa Doug” F. Manchester, Manchester Financial Group, the parent company of Manchester Grand Resorts, selectively invests in technology, communications, and health and human services companies. Since its inception, the San Diego-based company has designed, developed and managed high quality commercial properties throughout the Western United States and has played an integral role in the dramatic metamorphosis of San Diego’s urban landscape – developing such landmark properties as the San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina and Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego. Manchester Grand Resorts also owns and operates the much-awaited The Grand Del Mar – a luxurious resort destination, which is being built adjacent to the beautiful 400-acre Grand Golf Club in North San Diego County.  Slated for completion in 2007, the property will ultimately feature 261 beautifully appointed guestrooms, plus a total of 39 partially- and wholly-owned Villas. 



 Whitetail Club & Resort
  501 West Lake Street
McCall, Idaho 83638
(800) 657-6464


Also See: T. Steele Edwards Jr. Named General Manager of Whitetail Club & Resort in Northern Idaho / May 2006
Vikram Sood Named General Manager of The Grand Del Mar in North San Diego County / October 2006

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