Timbers Resorts names new executive
CARBONDALE — Timbers Resorts, one of the largest independent developers and operators of private boutique resorts and residence clubs — including The Sebastian at Vail — has appointed Edward Shapard as managing director of hospitality.
Shapard has nearly two decades of hospitality experience in the Americas and Asia, and will bring an extensive background that spans all aspects of resort operations to his new role at Timbers Resorts.
‘We are in good hands’
“Edward has a wonderful sensibility and an exemplary background in the luxury and hospitality industry that will prove invaluable to the experiences we provide across our current portfolio and look to expand to new and exciting destinations across the world,” said Greg Spencer, Timbers Resorts chief executive officer. “From overseeing creative food and beverage service in all of our properties, to crafting unique spa experiences and ensuring our golf offerings shine, we are in good hands with Edward and we look forward to taking our hospitality experiences to the next level with his leadership.”
Shapard joins Timbers Resorts from The St. Regis, Deer Valley where he has been general manager since 2013. He oversaw all operations at the 177-room resort and 24 residences, restaurant, bar, spa and outdoor venues. Shapard began his career at the Orchid Mauna Lani, Hawaii and served in managerial positions with Starwood Hotels’ Westin and Sheraton Brands in Stamford, Connecticut and New Orleans. He then moved into management positions with Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group in New York, Hong Kong and Bermuda.
Timbers Resorts recently announced its expansion into one of the country’s most sought-after designations, Kiawah Island, South Carolina, where is will develop the island’s first private residence club known as Timbers Kiawah — Ocean Club & Residences. Timbers Resorts also recently announced the launch of sales for Timbers Kauai — Ocean Club & Residences at Hokuala an oceanfront development in south Kauai in Hawaii.
Shapard graduated cum laude from Tennessee State University with a bachelor’s degree in hotel and restaurant administration.
In addition, he gained an MBA from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia, through Mandarin Oriental’s MBA program.
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