Heavlin Management Company welcomes Matt Herod as the new General Manager at Salmon Falls Resort, an extraordinary full-service waterfront resort in Ketchikan Alaska. Herod is responsible for daily resort operations ranging from fiscal responsibilities to ensuring exceptional guest experience. Located in an area with breathtaking views and known as the epicenter for saltwater Salmon and Halibut fishing, Salmon Falls Resort’s first class facility includes 51 guest rooms and a full marina with 10 24’ Skagit Orca boats and 19 skiffs.
A 10-year veteran of the Alaskan seasonal hotel industry, Herod ventured from his home state of Arizona to explore the backcountry of Denali National Park. During that first summer he fell in love with the picturesque landscape and the freedom often felt while visiting such a vast and beautiful land. Herod was born and raised in Prescott, Arizona and is excited to be working for an Arizona-based company.
“Matt is a consummate believer that great results are achieved by the efforts of great individuals,” said Darlene Heavlin, executive vice president of operations for Heavlin Management Company. “His knowledge and experience in hospitality as well as the Alaskan seasonal market will be an invaluable asset in connecting with our guests and delivering a once in a lifetime experience.” She added, “He is highly skilled in recruiting, training, cultivating and retaining top talent. Matt will help lead our culture of excellence at Salmon Falls to result in happy and motivated employees who will work diligently to exceed corporate and guest expectations.”
Additionally, Heavlin also announced the recent appointment of Michael Briggs as Director of Sales. Briggs is charged with increasing bookings sales to the world-renowned resort in addition to forging relationships with individuals and corporations to aid them in their Alaskan excursion travel needs.
Briggs is a native of central California before moving to Los Angeles to try his hand in the music business. Later, while acting as the Promotions Director for a cluster of radio stations in his hometown of Bakersfield, Michael met his wife and the two of them embarked on an adventure together, moving to Ketchikan in 2010. Prior to joining Salmon Falls, he held positions in the Alaskan Sport Fishing Industry and Local CVB.
Owned by Caliber - The Wealth Development Company, Salmon Falls Resort is one of the only full-service waterfront resort properties on Revillagigedo Island. It is located and easily accessed by a beautiful 14 miles drive directly from the airport. The property is an option for cruise line guests for charter fishing, sightseeing tours or lunch in the restaurant with 360-degree views of the bay. The property is continuing to add enhancements for an amazing property experience including the addition of guest suites, new technology, kayak rentals and more.
Salmon Falls Resort is located at 16707 N. Tongass Hwy, Ketchikan, Alaska. For more information and reservations, visit www.salmonfallsresort.com or call (907) 225-2752.
About Heavlin Management Company
Heavlin Management Company, LLC (HMC) is an award winning, privately held hospitality management company with over 40 years of leadership and operational experience in repositioning underperforming hotels and distressed assets. In partnership with hotel owners, developers, investor and lenders, HMC offers results-driven improvement plans that yield cost reductions and rate growth while maintaining top quality standards. Founded by Frank Heavlin, HMC is headquartered in Tempe, Arizona and has an impressive portfolio in Arizona and Alaska operating brands as Choice, Crowne Plaza, Hampton Inn & Suites, Hilton and Holiday Inn & Suites. The company currently manages 7 hotels with 1,206 guest rooms. HMC was listed as Hotel Management’s 2016 Top Third-Party Management Company. For more information, visit hmchospitality.com.
Ruth Seigel, RS Marketing & Assoc. for HMC
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