Lesley Carey, Founder, bio
Managing Partner/Hospitality Management, Hotel Branding, Entrepreneur,
Lesley Carey has over 20 years of development, renovation and general management with luxury boutique hotels and resorts both in the United States
Ms. Carey has created, designed, and managed some of the top boutique hotels in the world including the Famous Argyle Hotel (now Sunset Tower) on Sunset Boulevard; she managed the Argyle renovation, repositioning and rebranding. She oversaw the renovation and rebranding at the Orlando Hotel in Los Angeles, The Crescent Hotel, Beverly Hills, and the The Lodge at Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, California. At these hotels she served as General Manager and Vice President of Hotel Operations.
As President of Palmer Hospitality Group in Beverly Hills, Ms. Carey leads a team of professionals around the world. She developed and created a 5-Star luxury boutique hotel, SILQ, with properties in Bali, Indonesia and Thailand.
Lesley parlayed her talents into the creation of the Biggest Loser Resorts, a powerful major wellness and fitness brand based off of the hit NBC Show, The Biggest Loser. She defined and developed three additional resorts in the portfolio with locations in California, Florida, New York, and cast the template for expansion into Europe, the Middle Eastern markets, and Portugal. Ms. Carey currently lives in Los Angeles, California.
Joyce Walkup bio
Joyce has enjoyed four decades in the hospitality industry. Her career has included assignments in over six properties at The Ritz-Carlton, LLC travelling as a Senior Manager for The Ritz-Carlton Task Force Operations Division. Joyce is a certified meeting planner and expert in planning and executing small to large-scale luxury social and corporate events
Joyce has held management positions as Senior Manager, Meetings and Special Events at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua; Food and Beverage Manager at Grand Hyatt, Union Square; Assistant Hotel Manager at The Inn at Union Square, San Francisco; and was the Restaurant Assistant Manager at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
Joyce has received numerous awards including the distinctive President’s Circle Award from The Ritz-Carlton, Resorts of Naples, and has been elected Manager of the Quarter at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, Golf Resort, The Grand Hyatt Union Square, San Francisco, and Rosario Resort & Spa, Orcas Island, Washington, and was the recipient of the Food & Beverage Manager of the Year Award, at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia.
Joyce has also owned and managed her own restaurant, All Seasons Café, in Prescott, Arizona, and a catering company, Aera, in Richmond, Virginia and is currently the Owner of her own private event planning business, Green Mountain Gatherings, in northwest Montana where she calls home. She is the former Vice President of the Northern California Chapter of Wish Upon a Wedding.
Joyce loves spending time in nature and is passionate about the environment, wild animals, photography, wine, travel, reading, equality, health, nutrition, wellness and deepening spiritually. Joyce resides in Whitefish, Montana, along with her husband Craig, and her Australian Shepherd, Little Bear Bob Barker.
Joyce showcases her passion for photography and writes her own blog at www.sweetbreathing.com
Donna Lenhart bio
Global Wellness Operations
Starting at a very early age, Donna Lenhart has cultivated a life full of fitness and competition from competing as a Figure Skater in the Canadian Figure Skating Association, to becoming the captain of her high school volleyball team, to teaching professional hockey players to power skate. Not to mention Donna’s enthusiasm for many sports such as a water skiing (competed in local events), swimming, surfing, softball and golfing.
Donna has over 25 years of customer service including a successful career at Bell Canada, and being the single point of contact for two major pharmaceuticals and clinical trials in a customer call center. Along the way Donna continued her personal and professional growth by attending various classes on customer service and self-improvement.
Donna entrepreneurial spirit and business savvy comes from being around her family’s highly successfully businesses. Couple that spirit with her incredible energy, friendliness and extensive customer service makes Donna incredible at what she does, which is to ensure the best experience for both our Corporate Partners and Sponsors.
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