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The Kessler Collection Names James McKenzie as Operations Manager
of Kessler Canyon, a 23,000-acre Luxury Guest Ranch in Colorado

DEBEQUE, Colo. - Kessler Canyon – August 16, 2012 - The Kessler Collection proudly announces James McKenzie as the new operations manager of Kessler Canyon – a 23,000-acre luxury guest ranch, located in Western Colorado. As operations manager, duties include managing ranch logistics, enhancing staff efficiency, preparing program budgets and facilitating company programs. With an outstanding staff and service, Kessler Canyon is exclusively open to discerning travelers eight months out of the year, offering boundless opportunities for guest customization, as the ranch promotes creativity, self-expression and encourages guests to feel inspired by every experience.

“McKenzie’s vast leadership knowledge and expertise in outdoor operations, play a large part in his expected success at our exclusive Colorado ranch,” said Mr. Richard C. Kessler, chairman and CEO of The Kessler Collection. “With an extremely impressive background in management, group coordination and years of experience as a hunting guide, McKenzie brings more than proficiency, he brings an unparalleled passion for wildlife to Kessler Canyon and we’re thrilled to have him as Operations Manager.”

James McKenzie’s significant practice in the industry includes working as a wildlife guide and outfitter for a large private hunting lodge near Gainesville, Fla. With an outstanding record of accomplishment and reliability, McKenzie is an extremely efficient manager, as well as trained huntsman, skilled gunsmith and certified firearms instructor. McKenzie proudly served more than 20 years with the United States Navy, working as a submarine diver prior to entering the hospitality industry.

Spanning 23,000 acres of majestic Western landscape, Kessler Canyon awaits travelers ready to awaken their adventurous spirits. Hidden deep within the canyons, the grand Homestead welcomes ranch guests to delve into relaxation and enjoy the beauty of nature’s canvas. Built originally as a private ranch, the Kessler family now invites guests to come enjoy a place they passionately hold near and dear to their heart. Among whispering aspens and aged pinyon pines, this Colorado wildlife experience offers ultra luxe facilities with plenty of options for guests to dive into a venturesome escape. Outdoor recreation is the cornerstone of Kessler Canyon, from fly-fishing to big game hunting, the ranch experience includes inspiring accommodations and gourmet cuisine hosted by a friendly professional staff attending to guests' every need. The ranch sleeps up to thirty people and also caters to groups looking for an exclusive, private, relaxing and truly enjoyable experience. For more information or to make a reservation at Kessler Canyon please visit or call 970.283.1145 or toll-free 1.888.312.1998.

About The Kessler Collection

Capturing the classical and unconventional spirit of Bohemian cultures, The Kessler Collection's portfolio of passionately created and artistically inspired boutique hotels boast chic design, luxe accommodations, enriching ambiance and intimate service. Whether visiting properties in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Colorado or New Mexico, each hotel's exquisite art, music and cultural influences, personally acquired for that hotel by the Kessler family, are deliberately approachable. Designed to inspire unforgettable experiences, Kessler guests are bathed in re-defined Bohemian luxury, from an 1888 historic hotel, a cutting edge downtown landmark and a magical castle, to an earthy Native American retreat, high design southern mansion and elite ski lodge.

For more information about The Kessler Collection and its properties, please visit or call 888.472.6312


Nicole Kypraios

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