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Jeff has over 35 years of executive-level experience in the hospitality industry, launching and operating award-winning luxury hotels from Santa Fe to Hawaii to Northern Ireland. A native of Farmington, Jeff opened and operated Encantado Resort and Spa in Santa Fe and was named New Mexico’s Innkeeper of the year in 2007. He later participated in the NMLA merger with New Mexico Hospitality Association. He also served on the initial slate of officers for the Hospitality Association.
La Fonda de Santa Fe
Rik Blyth has been in the hospitality business for over 45 years, beginning as a dishwasher at a small resort in Wisconsin while in high school. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management, he joined Hyatt Hotels and over the next 10 years worked in Seattle, Monterey, Minneapolis and Chicago. His career then took him to manage resorts in Jamaica, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands. Returning to the US in 2012, Blyth managed hotels in Chicago, IL and Newport, RI before accepting his current position as VP and General Manager of La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe, NM. Rik, and his wife Shelley, plan to make Santa Fe their “forever” home and have recently built what they hope is their last house
Four Seasons ~Rancho Encantado
Bixente has been with the Four Seasons family since 2007. Prior to his tenure here in Santa Fe, Bixente was part of the management team at The Four Seasons Hotel Houston; Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara and Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo. Before starting his career in operations Bixente trained in the culinary arts in his home country of France, Bixente cooked first in his native Basque region before joining the French Navy for mandatory military service, then for hotels across South America, Central America and the United States before changing his focus to be directly involved with guests. Appointed to lead Rancho Encantado in summer 2018, Bixente set out to raise awareness of the peaceful isolation and experiential opportunities that await guests and locals alike. Bixente prefers to spend his downtime pursuing simple pleasures with his family: cooking, following soccer and rugby, and occasionally playing golf.
Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi
I have been Managing Director at the Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi since November 2018. I joined Rosewood Hotel Group more than 15 years ago with tenures in Saudi Arabia, the Caribbean and Mexico. Prior to joining Rosewood, I worked with Hilton and Fairmont. I was born and raised in Germany and started my career as a waiter.
Immediate Past President
Drury Plaza Hotel
I arrived in Santa Fe in 2015 to take over at the new General Manager for our newest Drury Plaza Hotel. I have worked for Drury Hotel for 25 years and before coming to Santa Fe I worked in the Houston and Phoenix markets opening and running new hotels for our company. Besides working in operations I have also assisted with our training department as well as company wide rollout training of new projects and the mentoring of new hotel managers. Before working in the hotel industry, I worked in education field as an instructor at various levels including Jr. High and High School as well as at the College level.
Rick Newman – Buffalo Thunder Resort
Sam Gerberding – Inn of the Governors
Joanna Romero – Hyatt Place
Rob Ettenson – Inside Santa Fe
Marilyn Storey – Heartland Payment Systems