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People Update from the U.S. Mountain West

By M+E Staff

Here’s a sampling of people on the move at mountain properties. 

Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Ryan Grande has accepted the general manager role, bringing him back to the mountain property that launched his Four Seasons career in 2010. Grande grew up in Toronto, Canada, and spent his first two years at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole as director of housekeeping prior to heading to Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, where he worked as front office manager and then assistant director of rooms. He become director of residences at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Costa Rica before being promoted to the dual role of director of rooms and residences and subsequently resort manager. Grande’s next appointment was hotel manager of Four Seasons Hotel Seattle in 2020, his most recent role. During his time in Seattle, the property recaptured the coveted Forbes Five-Star award. 

Pendry Park City, Utah

David Silva brings 17 years of experience to his role as hotel manager at Pendry Park City. Silva started his career in Orlando, Florida, where he held a food and beverage supervisor role at Orlando Airport Marriott and quickly climbed the career ladder to senior operations supervisor, leading all food and beverage departments and restaurants on property. Since then, Silva has worked at some of the nation’s top properties including The Ritz-Carlton Atlanta, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Fairmont San Francisco, and most recently The St. Regis Deer Valley.

Chris Lawing, the new property’s director of sales and marketing, started his

hospitality journey in Virginia, where he held manager and director roles overseeing both meetings and events and catering operations at three different hotels including The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C. In 2010, Lawing relocated to Park City as part of the pre-opening team of Montage Deer Valley, where he was initially the director of catering and conference services and assumed the director of group sales position in 2019. 

Jessie Valdez, director of spa, is an innovative wellness leader, board certified holistic health coach, and former massage therapist who has been in the spa and wellness industry for 15 years. Previously, she was spa director at Glenwild Golf Club & Spa  and director of spa and wellness at Main & SKY Hotel in Park City.  

Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center, Breckenridge, Colorado

Meg Caldwell is working with the Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center sales team as a national sales manager with a focus on government, education and Colorado corporate. A veteran of the travel and hospitality industry, she’s worked at Knoxville Tourism & Sports Corporation; The Grand Hotel Marriott Resort Golf Club & Spa in Point Clear, Alabama; and the Sheraton and Westin in Birmingham, Alabama. In addition, Caldwell was a director of business development for ConferenceDirect.

Jennifer Moons also joined the sales team as a national sales manager but with a focus on medical, medical association and Colorado corporate. Based in Denver, her history in hospitality includes working for the Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau, Turtle Bay Resort and Terranea Resort. She did a quick stint in insurance sales but realized her love of hospitality was real and returned to the industry.