News for the Hospitality Executive
VAIL, Colo. – May 13, 2009 – George Fischer, managing director for Destination Hotels & Resorts, recently named Brett Schoenfield general manager of the Vail Cascade. With more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Schoenfield brings great depth to the position focusing on service, associates and the community.
“Throughout my career I’ve been attracted to positions in mountain environments whether on Maui or in the mountains of Virginia, I understand and embrace this great type of lifestyle,” said Schoenfield, who recently operated The Homestead Resort and Spa in Hot Springs, Va., which operates its own ski facility. “I understand the seasonality and the unique conditions in which we operate in a mountain community, that’s why I’m so focused on the employee service profit chain. A huge focus for me will be our associates, as they are the front line to delivering exceptional service to our guests.”
Schoenfield joins the Vail Cascade team most recently from The Riviera Resort & Spa in Palm Springs, Calif. where he opened the 406-room luxury property. However, for more than a decade Schoenfield operated the historic Homestead Resort and Spa where he led major property renovations, grew customer satisfaction ratings, drove employee retention programs and oversaw a diverse operation of recreational activities including seven ski trails, golf, spa, tennis, bowling, sport shooting, an ice skating rink and much more.
Prior to working at The Homestead Resort and Spa, Schoenfield worked for Hyatt Hotels and Resorts in a variety of operational positions in Texas, Hawaii, California and Georgia.
“As a snowboarder, I’m excited to be in Vail,” added Schoenfield. “I also know what it’s like to operate in a tight-knit community and I’m excited to get involved in various business, social and sporting activities throughout the Valley.”
Schoenfield is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a degree in hotel administration. He’s an avid outdoorsman who’s looking forward to experiencing the powder of the Rockies, exploring the area on his mountain bike and trying new winter sports like snowshoeing and snowmobiling.
The 292-room Vail Cascade provides slope-side access to the largest single-mountain ski resort in North America. The mountainside resort recently completed a $30 million renovation and offers 27 suites, and more than 80 spacious condominiums and private homes to choose from.
Nestled at the base of Vail Mountain, Vail Cascade is Vail’s only ski-in/ski-out AAA Four Diamond resort. An abundance of year-round off-slope activities also abound including fly fishing, hiking, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, sleigh rides, dog-sled rides, hot air balloon rides and much more.
The Vail Cascade features the 78,000-square-foot Aria Spa & Club. The Spa offers more than 10,000 square feet of rest and relaxation found in 14 treatment rooms. Guests also can train and take advantage of one of the fitness center’s many programs from group classes to personalized instruction. After an afternoon of working out at the fitness center or in nature’s playground, guests can refuel at the new Atwater on Gore Creek restaurant which opened in December 2008.
The Vail Cascade is one of more than 30 independent, upscale hotels, resorts and conference centers by Destination Hotels & Resorts, the seventh largest independent hospitality management company in the country. To protect and preserve the unique communities in which the company operates, Destination launched Destination Earth, an environmental sustainability program in 2008. New for 2009 is the 582-room Terranea Resort situated on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in southern California. The 102-acre ocean front resort will feature a 25,000-square-foot destination spa, three swimming pools, three restaurants and a Todd Eckenrode-designed par three golf course. In addition to Terranea in the greater Los Angeles area, Destination operates properties in key metropolitan areas and resort markets including Washington, D.C., Denver, San Diego, Santa Fe, Aspen, Palm Springs, Houston and Lake Tahoe. Destination is a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based investment, development and management firm Lowe Enterprises. For more information on the properties in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection, please visit www.destinationhotels.com.
Emily Jacob McCormack
Kristin Yantis Mettler
|Also See:||Noble House Appoints Brett Schoenfield to General Manager of the Palm Springs Riviera Resort & Spa; The Iconic Resort Currently Closed and Undergoing $70 million Renovation / March 2008|
|Vail Cascade Resort & Spa Announces $30 Million Renovation; Resort Master Plan to Reposition Creekside Property / July 2007|