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Aaron Black Appointed General Manager of
Topnotch Resort and Spa in Stowe, Vermont

August 12, 2010 (Stowe, VT) – Topnotch Resort and Spa in Stowe, Vermont has announced the appointment of Aaron Black as General Manager. Bringing broad management experience earned at Four Seasons hotels across the country – including two AAA 5 Diamond properties – Black will oversee all operations, sales and marketing of the award-winning Green Mountain resort, which is now part of the Terra Resort Group. 

“Aaron brings rich and extensive experience and a history of success at all levels of management in luxury hospitality, and we are pleased to welcome him to Vermont,” said Jamie Yarrow, President of Terra Resort Group. “This is an exciting time for Topnotch Resort and Spa as the property falls under new management and embarks on new marketing efforts to enhance the guest experience and bolster its standing among top all-season resorts in the northeast. We look forward to the implementation of innovative strategies and positive results under Aaron’s leadership.”

Black joins Topnotch Resort and Spa from the Four Seasons Hotel Group, where he began as a night manager in Toronto in 1993 and steadily worked his way to Hotel Manager in St. Louis. Named to the latter position in October 2007, Black oversaw the opening of Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis, which received AAA Five Diamond Awards through all three years of his tenure. Previously, Black was opening Director of Rooms at Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley at East Palo Alto, which earned Mobil Four Star status during his final year with the property. 

Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Black earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Prince Edward Island. 

About Topnotch Resort
A model of sophisticated rusticity in the rolling mountains of Vermont, Topnotch Resort and Spa is a premier New England destination retreat offering endless recreational pursuits in a thoroughly luxurious atmosphere. A Preferred Boutique and AAA Four Diamond property set on 120 acres near the village of Stowe, the resort offers 68 guest rooms and suites dressed in bespoke European Country Manor style, with contemporary amenities and most with exceptional views of the lush Green Mountains. Topnotch also has a selection of 40 luxurious two- and three-bedroom resort homes each with its own personality and full resort privileges. In June 2006, Norma’s Restaurant opened at the resort, serving contemporary cuisine in a casual setting, with an inviting open kitchen. Acclaimed as one of the world’s top resort spas by Spa Finder, Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure, the Topnotch Spa covers 35,000 square feet, including 30 treatment rooms in which to experience more than 120 exotic and rejuvenating treatments and services. For sports and leisure, the resort features a premier Tennis Center with indoor and outdoor courts, cross-country and downhill skiing, a wealth of fitness pursuits at a state-of-the-art Fitness Center, an indoor pool with a cascading massage waterfall, a whirlpool/Jacuzzi, and two mountain-view outdoor pools – one of which is heated year-round. Topnotch and has been recognized as the #1 tennis resort in the Northeast in 2008 by Tennis Magazine and #3 tennis resort in the world by Tennis Resorts Online.  Topnotch is the home of the annual Star Chef Event in the summer. Located at the foot of Mount Mansfield, Topnotch is a premier destination for winter activities such as skiing and snowshoeing.  Pets are welcome in select guest rooms and suites at the resort. Topnotch Resort and Spa is part of the Terra Resort Group and is a member of Preferred Boutique.

About Terra Resort Group
Formed in November 2006, Terra Resort Group boasts a highly credentialed pedigree of operational and business talent led by company President Jamie Yarrow, who works in partnership with Rob DesLauriers, Chairman of Terra Resort Group and the developer of Hotel Terra and Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa. Terra Resort Group offers services for developers and owners that include: asset management, development and operational consulting services, renovation management, and an expertise in the condominium hotel model that covers HOA structure, real estate sales, operations and association documentation. The group currently includes three Teton Village, WY properties: Hotel Terra Jackson Hole, Teton Mountain Lodge and Spa, the Inn at Jackson Hole as well as the historic Casa Madrona in Sausalito, CA and the iconic Topnotch Resort and Spa in Stowe, VT.


Kristin Hutton
(212) 255-6541

Also See: Terra Resort Group Assumes Management of Topnotch Resort and Spa, in Stowe, Vermont / June 2010

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