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Kevin D. Climer Named Food and Beverage Director and Rodney Rivers
Named Executive Sous Chef of the Whitetail Club & Resort, McCall, Idaho

MCCALL, ID (November 28, 2007) – Kevin D. Climer has been named food and beverage director and Rodney Rivers has been named executive sous chef of the Whitetail Club & Resort – a luxury lakefront property in McCall, Idaho owned and operated by San Diego-based Manchester Grand Resorts.
In his new position, Climer takes charge of all food and beverage operations for this spectacular wilderness resort, located on 1,300 picturesque acres on the banks of Payette Lake. He will oversee two dining facilities – the acclaimed fine dining venue, Narrows, and the all-day restaurant Emma’s Café – plus catering operations for the property, which has nearly 13,000 square feet of meeting facilities.
As the resort’s new executive sous chef, Rodney Rivers will work closely with Climer to help run Narrows, the property’s elegant culinary showpiece, known for its inspired Continental/Northwestern-style cuisine.  
According to Whitetail General Manager Tom James, Climer and Rivers will work closely together to build and finesse the resort’s culinary capabilities. “Both have considerable expertise in the resort industry, and we are thrilled to have them on our team of food and beverage professionals,” James said.
A native of Sholo, Ariz., Climer was previously based in Warm Springs, Oregon, where he served as food and beverage director of the Kah-Nee-Ta High Desert Resort and Casino for nearly ten years. During his tenure there, he oversaw food and beverage operations for three restaurants, three snack bars, a lounge and all convention services. 
With more than ten years of hotel industry experience, Rivers comes to Whitetail from the venerable Ahwahnee Hotel in Northern California’s Yosemite National Park, where he worked as a sous chef for two years. Prior to that, he held executive sous chef, executive chef positions and banquet chef positions at Radisson and Marriott Hotels. He is a native of Blackfoot, Idaho and served in the Marine Corps for four years.  
A long celebrated piece 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, with regular direct flights to McCall from Southern California. In addition, 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.
Whitetail Club & Resort is located at 501 West Lake Street, McCall, ID. For reservations and more information, call, toll free, 1-800-657-6464; or visit the website at
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 Grand Del Mar – a new luxurious resort destination – in Coastal North San Diego County. Now open, the 249-room property features: San Diego’s only Tom Fazio-designed golf course; two tennis courts; fours swimming pools; award-winning dining and a Renaissance-inspired spa. 

Marguarite Clark
(949) 295-2801

Also See: T. Steele Edwards Jr. Named General Manager of Whitetail Club & Resort in Northern Idaho / May 2006


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