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Ted Bearor, Kevin Phenegar and Karen Watson Fill Three Key
Executive Positions at The Sagamore, Bolton Landing, New York

Bolton Landing, NY (July 2008) – The Sagamore, the private island resort overlooking Lake George in the Adirondack Mountains, has promoted Ted Bearor to Director of Training & Development, Kevin Phenegar appointed the new Food & Beverage Director and Karen Watson asThe Sagamore as spa director.

Ted Bearor- Director of Training & Development 

As Director of Training and Development, Bearor will plan and facilitate human resource programs including overseeing orientation, guest services, hospitality best practices, job skill and safety for all areas within the resort. 

Previously, Bearor was Director of Food and Beverage at The Sagamore, where he worked closely managing the resort’s varied dining venues. Other positions held during his nine-year tenure at the resort include Assistant Director of Food and Beverage, Assistant Maitre d’Hotel of Trillium, Manager of The Sagamore Dining Room and Assistant Casual Dining Manager.

A graduate of the University at Albany, New York, Bearor served as an Adjunct Instructor in Dining Room Service at the Adirondack Community College from 2003 to 2004.  He is a member of the American Hotel and Lodging Association, American Institute of Wine and Food and is a TIPS-certified Trainer. 

Kevin Phengar- Director of Food & Beverage

As Director of Food & Beverage, Phenegar will be responsible for the resort’s seven distinctive dining venues, ranging from the casual Mister Brown’s Pub to the elegant Trillium.  He will also oversee the development of all menus, catering, room service, banquets and staff.

Phenegar has more than 20 years of food & beverage management experience including, most recently, serving as Assistant Director of Resort Food & Beverage and Director of Dining Facilities at North Carolina’s acclaimed Pinehurst Resort & Country Club.  From 2000 to 2008, Phenegar held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility within the Pinehurst portfolio, including Director of Food & Beverage at the Holly Inn, Assistant Director of Food & Beverage at the Carolina Hotel and Director of Banquet Services.

Phenegar began his hospitality industry career in 1988 with Hyatt Hotels, where he worked in a range of food & beverage positions in the San Antonio property over six years.  In 1994, he joined Doubletree Hotels in Austin, Texas as Food & Beverage Outlets Manager and, in 1998, he moved to Austin’s Driskill Hotel for a two-year stint as Director of Food & Beverage Outlets. 

Phenegar received a degree in Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati.  He has participated in numerous management training programs and workshops, including an exchange program with the St. Andrews Links Trust in St. Andrews, Scotland.

Karen Watson - Spa Director

Watson will be responsible for the overall operations of the spa, salon, fitness and waterfront activities.  This includes staff development and training, design and implementation of new services, treatments and activities, quality assurance, budgeting and guest relations.

Prior to joining The Sagamore, Watson was spa manager of Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY, where she managed four distinct operations within the resort including The Salon and Day Spa, Tower Fitness Club, Skana Spa and Lodge Fitness Center.  She was an integral part of the team involved in concept, design and opening of Skana Spa in 2006.  Before that, Watson was with Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires in Lenox, MA, where she began her career in 1999 as Program Coordinator.  She worked her way through a variety of positions of increasing responsibility, including massage administrator and massage director, ultimately being named assistant spa manager in 2004.

Watson’s professional affiliations include membership in the International Spa Association (ISPA) and New York Spa Promotion Alliance (NYSPA), where she has served on the Board of Directors since 2007.

Located 60 miles north of Albany via Interstate 87, The Sagamore is a leisurely drive from most Mid-Atlantic, New England, Quebec and Ontario Province metropolitan areas, and is just a four-hour drive from New York City or Boston.  Other travel options are available, including air transportation and Amtrak train service to Albany – the latter, a highlight in itself. The train travels along New York’s historic Hudson River Valley offering spectacular scenery in a relaxing setting. From Albany, guests of The Sagamore can request ground transportation – an hour’s drive for a nominal fee.

The Sagamore is an official landmark listed in the National Register of Historic Places and a member of the Historic Hotels of America, a recipient of the AAA Four-Diamond Award and a member of American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts.  For information and reservations, call The Sagamore at (800) 358-3585 or visit


The Sagamore


Also See: S. Lee Bowden Named General Manager at The Sagamore Replacing the Retiring W. Robert McIntosh / June 2001
$7.1 million Renovation and Expansion Completed on the Fort William Henry Hotel in Lake George, New York / July 2003


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