ESSEX JUNCTION, VT (August 26, 2015) – The Essex, Vermont’s Culinary Resort and Spa, today announced the appointment of Nicholas Barger as general manager. In this position, Barger is responsible for providing leadership, strategic direction and vision to strengthen and expand the culinary positioning of the resort, as well as overseeing operational and asset management.

Barger brings more than a decade of hospitality experience to Essex, including his most recent leadership roles at other Gemstone Hotels & Resorts, LLC properties such as the Zermatt Resort and Homestead Resort in Midway, UT.

“Nic is a dynamic leader who brings fresh eyes and a wealth of expertise to The Essex,” said Bob Sassani, regional vice president, Gemstone Hotels & Resorts, LLC. “His extensive knowledge of leisure revenue management and employee training and development combined with his passion for creating unforgettable guest experiences will be instrumental in guiding the resort’s continued success.”

Prior to Gemstone Hotels & Resorts, LLC, Barger served as director of rooms at The Modern Honolulu in Hawaii. During his tenure, he increased the resort’s TripAdvisor ranking to #3 from #25 in the Honolulu market, tripled spa and retail revenues through team member training, updating product mix, and analyzing sales, among other successes.

His previous work experience also includes the roles of resort manager at Makaha Resort & Spa in Oahu, HI, and rooms division manager at Makaha Resort & Golf Club in Waianae, HI, as well as various director and manager positions at Zermatt Resort in Midway, UT.

Barger currently resides in Essex Junction, VT. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, shopping at local farmers markets and traveling.

For more information on The Essex, visit or call 1-800-727-4295.