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S. Lee B. Hospitality Executive, Yacht Club Director
With over 30 years of executive hotel/resort operations and sales & marketing experience in destination resorts throughout the United States and Caribbean, I began my career in convention services at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City and progressed rapidly into sales & marketing and operations. In addition I have a wide-reaching background in golf, spa and the development of unique amenities such as falconry, shooting, and off-road driving. My strength lies in repositioning properties into the luxury markets, as well as team building and overall creativity. Additionally, I have led many construction and design teams in building, rebuilding and re-branding resorts while improving profitability. I have concentrated in the focus of exceeding guest expectations measures, improved overall guest satisfaction while maintaining and cultivating relationships with owners, management companies and each communities where my establishments were located.
Destination Resort/Hotel Management:
My destination resort/hotel management background includes the Waldorf=Astoria, New York; Woodstock Inn & Resort and Equinox Golf Resort & Spa, Vermont; Carambola Beach Resort & Golf Club, USVI; The Sagamore Resort, New York; Gateway Canyons Resort, Colorado; Omni Bedford Springs Resort, Pennsylvania; and President of Green Planet Products, the bulk wholesale division of Green Earth Technologies, a publicly-traded company.
In all communities, I felt the importance to be involved in the local chambers of commerce and non-profit organizations supporting those communities, and held Board of Directors seats for state and local associations. I am particularly proud of my participation as a volunteer fire fighter in Colorado.
AH&LA Resort Committee
Cornell Hotel Society
Waldorf Astoria Distinguished Alumnae
Chain des Rotisseurs
The Escoffier Society
Resort Hotel Association
The Explorer’s Club
Meeting Professionals International
Society of Association Executives
Economic Development Committees
Tourism and Development Councils
Chambers of Commerce
Currently, I live in Vero Beach, Florida enjoying a new focus as Broker with Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales. I also serve as Fleet Captain on the Board of Director’s of Vero Beach Yacht Club, Vice President of F.O.S.I., working closely with numerous agencies in protecting and improving the Spoil Islands. I’m a graduate of the Chapman School of Seamanship and have a 25-ton Masters license, a radio operators license and a towing endorsement.
I’m a proud dad of two sons; Austin, who lives in Whitefish, Montana, and Tanner, an outdoor writer based in New York City. I live with my realtor partner, Mary Stuart Tilt, and our three dogs, Captain Jack, Captain Flint and Jazz.
Education: Masters of Professional Studies (MPS): School of Hotel Administration, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York and a Bachelor of Arts (BA): Economics and Spanish, Hobart College, Geneva New York