Timbers Resort has appointed Edward Shapard as Managing Director of Hospitality, responsible for ensuring Timbers Resorts’ high standards and well-regarded service culture are upheld across the company’s growing portfolio of properties. Edward 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.
“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 our plans 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.”
Edward 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, and cultivated a strong relationship with Deer Valley Resort, consistently rated the top ski resort in North America. Edward began his career at the Orchid Mauna Lani, Hawaiiand 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.
Edward is joining Timbers Resorts during an exciting time for the company. The team recently announced its expansion into one of the country’s most sought-after designations, Kiawah Island, South Carolina, where they 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 Kaua’i – Ocean Club & Residences at Hokuala, an oceanfront development in south Kaua’i in Hawaii.
Edward graduated cum laude from Tennessee State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration. In addition, he gained an MBA from RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology), Australia through Mandarin Oriental’s MBA Program.
Timbers Resorts is the developer and operator of a collection of properties in over 15 of the world’s most diverse high-end destinations. The Timbers Collection includes boutique private resorts, hotels and residence clubs in some of the world’s most sought-after ski, golf, leisure and beach locations.