SOURCE: Angel Fire Resort

October 16, 2007 06:00 ET

Angel Fire Resort Recruits Top Industry Talent to Fill Key Management Positions

ANGEL FIRE, NM--(Marketwire - October 16, 2007) - Angel Fire Resort has completed a nationwide search for proven resort industry leadership, and has consequently announced the hiring of top management in several key roles overseeing its operations, hospitality and sales, real estate development, human resources and risk management departments.

"Angel Fire Resort is entering a fast-growth phase of development," says Dan Rakes, general counsel for Angel Fire Resort Management, L.L.C. "With our multi-million dollar country club rebuild and hotel renovation underway and the addition of infrastructure and land development projects, it is critical we have this kind of talent in place that has 'been there-done that' and done it well."

These new hires, with collective resumes including resorts such as Aspen, Jackson Hole, Keystone, Snowshoe, The Yellowstone Club, and Loveland include:

Jon Reveal: Chief Operating Officer

40+ years resort industry experience

As COO for Angel Fire Resort Operations, Reveal will supervise the management and operations of the Angel Fire Resort Hospitality, Mountain and Golf Operations.

Reveal makes the move to Angel Fire from Palm Desert, CA where he was the President of Warren Miller Consulting -- overseeing the packaging, planning, design and building of private and public ski and golf clubs. Over the course of his career, he has worked with a number of high profile ski areas including five years as Vice President of Operations for Yellowstone Club in Big Sky, Montana. He has held a variety of senior level management positions for well known ski areas in Quebec, Canada, Aspen & Keystone, Colorado. He has been an active member of Colorado Ski Country USA for nearly thirty years and a USA delegate for the Federation Internationale de Ski (FIS). Reveal was also the Executive Director of the 2005 and 2006 Tour De Palm Springs bicycle event, which raised money for non profit organizations in the Palm Springs area.

Reveal has appeared in ten Warren Miller ski movies and is an avid mountain climber with treks to both Mount Everest and Annapurna. His official start date was September 3rd.

Karen Kelly: Director of Hospitality

25+ years resort industry experience

With over twenty five years of experience in the hospitality industry, Ms. Kelly brings her expertise to Angel Fire to oversee the resort hotel, food and beverage, group & conference and property management businesses.

Prior to her position with Angel Fire Resort, Ms. Kelly was the General Manager for ResortQuest in Aspen, Colorado where she was responsible for overseeing rental management companies, property management, owner relations and operations including housekeeping, maintenance and guest services. She has also worked at the senior management level for a number of ski resorts including Snowshoe Mountain in Snowshoe, West Virginia, PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn in Lake Tahoe, California and North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, in Tahoe City, California.

Ms. Kelly graduated from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana with a Bachelor of Science in Business. A Montana native, she enjoys fly fishing, horseback riding and archery in her spare time.

Patrick Brunstad: Director of Real Estate & Development

25+ years resort and real estate industry experience

In the newly created position of Director of Real Estate and Development, Brunstad will provide senior level management to all existing development projects as well as create new real estate opportunities focused on Angel Fire Resort commercial and residential land sales. He will oversee all aspects of the Angel Fire Resort Real Estate business including marketing, development, operations and sales.

Brunstad first became familiar with Angel Fire Resort through his position as Executive Vice President of Sales and Operations for NRPI (National Recreation Properties, Inc). This California-based real estate marketing company made significant investments in Angel Fire Resort property over the past two years and re-sold through long format television commercial programming and other alternative modes of marketing.

Brunstad's expertise in master planning derives from extensive experience in all aspects of community development. Land acquisition, project planning, construction, marketing and site sales are just a few of his previous responsibilities with several multimillion dollar NRPI projects such as Ocean Shores in Ocean Shores, Washington and Angel Fire Resort.

Zacry Alexander: Human Resource Director

20+ years resort industry experience

In his role as Human Resources Director, Alexander will guide and manage the overall provision of Human Resources services, policies, and programs for Angel Fire Resort. He will initiate and oversee practices and objectives that provide an employee-oriented, high performance culture that emphasizes empowerment, quality, productivity and standards, goal attainment, and the recruitment and ongoing development of a superior workforce.

Having spent nearly twenty years working in the resort industry, Alexander brings a plethora of experience to his position as Human Resource Director for Angel Fire Resort. For the past five years, Alexander has simultaneously served three leadership roles, including HR Manager, Payroll Administrator and Risk Manager for Loveland Ski Area -- proving not only his ability to multi-task but his commitment and passion for this industry.

Zacry is a graduate of West Texas State Univeristy and is certified in both CASTA and C-SAPA (Supervisory Awareness Training). An avid outdoor enthusiast, Zacry also enjoys reading, writing, gardening, carpentry and computers.

Walt Foley, Risk Manager & Ski Patrol Director

24 years resort industry experience

As Risk Manager, Foley will help create, maintain and implement safety guidelines throughout the resort. These procedures create a safer work environment for employees and more enjoyable 'play' environment for resort guests -- be it on the ski slopes, golf course or other resort facilities. In his other hat as Ski Patrol Director, Foley will fuel his passion for the snow as he oversees all aspects of mountain safety. This includes the scheduling, training and performance of the Angel Fire Resort ski patrol, avalanche control (yes, we will get that much snow!), chair lift evacuation, search and rescue and enforcement of the skier safety code.

Foley spent his early industry years as a ski patroller for Sunrise Park Resort in McNary, Arizona, starting as a rookie patroller in the early 80s before quickly working his way to Ski Patrol Director and eventually Assistant Mountain Operations Manager. He spent most of the 90s in a similar capacity at Red River Ski Area in Red River, NM before making the move to Director of Mountain Services for Stevens Pass Winter Resort in Skykomish, Washington. For the past three years, Foley has served as Risk Manager and Environmental Coordinator for Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Teton Village, Wyoming.

About Angel Fire Resort

If you can do it on a mountain, you can do it here. Angel Fire Resort is the Southwest's premier year-round alpine recreation destination. Tucked high in the Sangre De Cristo mountains of northern New Mexico Angel Fire is the rare resort where you can ski, snowboard, tube, snow bike and cross country ski all on the same mountain. It offers a wide variety of activities for the summer outdoor enthusiast including golf, mountain biking, fishing and hiking. For more information on Angel Fire Resort, please call 800-633-7463 or visit the web site at

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