Innisbrook Resort appoints new catering team
Rick Galipault and Amanda Harter join Tampa Bay area property
INNISBROOK, FL – Innisbrook, a Salamander Golf & Spa Resort, has appointed Rick Galipault as its new director of catering, while Amanda Harter has also joined the property as its new catering manager. They will manage and oversee the hundreds of weddings and social events held each year at the recently renovated resort, located 25 minutes from Tampa International Airport.
Galipault has over 20 years of experience in hospitality event catering and joins Innisbrook from his most recent position as Director of Catering with Embassy Suites Hotels in Arkansas. He has previously held similar positions with Orange Lake Resort & Country Club in Kissimmee, FL, Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate, Sea World of Florida, Discovery Cove and the Orlando World Center Marriott.
Galipault’s new responsibilities at Innisbrook include the booking and coordination of social catering events, business meetings/events and special events at the resort. He will also collaborate with community and non-profit organizations on a variety of annual fundraising events, and will work closely with Innisbrook’s executive chef and banquet service team to ensure all events meet a high standard of quality and creativity.
Amanda Harter joins Innisbrook with nearly 10 years of experience as a catering and special event professional. Harter’s most recent appointment was as Catering and Service Director of The 1818 Club in Duluth, GA, where she was responsible for the booking and management of all functions in the club’s meeting space and dining outlets. member relations and online marketing efforts. She has also worked at Laurel Springs Golf Club in GA, and the University Center Club in Tallahassee, FL.
Harter’s new responsibilities at Innisbrook include the booking and coordination weddings, bar mitzvahs, business meetings, holiday parties and other special events. Harter is a past member of the North Atlanta Wedding Alliance (NAWA), Tallahassee Association of Wedding Professionals (TAWP) and a current member of the Seminole Collegiate Association of Leisure Professionals.
Under the ownership of Sheila C. Johnson and management of Salamander Hotels & Resorts, Innisbrook recently completed a multi-million dollar enhancement program that touched all areas of the 900-acre resort. In addition to its four championship golf courses for which it is renowned, the resort features 600 spacious villa accommodations, 100,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor function space and a variety of new amenities, including a guest registration area in the new Osprey Clubhouse, two restaurants, a gourmet market and the 20,000 square foot Indaba Spa and Fitness Center.
About Innisbrook, a Salamander Golf & Spa Resort
Operated by Salamander Hotels & Resorts, Innisbrook is situated on 900 wooded acres of rolling hills in the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area on Florida’s Gulf Coast, and is located just 25 minutes from Tampa International Airport. Recently and completely renovated, the resort features 72 holes of championship golf, 600 spacious guest suites and rooms, four restaurants and three bars, the Innisbrook Golf Institute, 11 tennis courts, the new luxury Indaba Spa with 12 treatment rooms and state-of-the-art Fitness Center, six heated swimming pool complexes, a nature preserve, and three conference halls with 65,000 square feet of meeting space. The resort hosts the annual PGA TOUR Transitions Championship at its famed Copperhead Course, and the LPGA-supported ISPA Legends Tour Open Championship, held annually at the equally challenging Island Course. Innisbrook is a member of the prestigious Preferred Hotels & Resorts, and Preferred Golf Club programs. For additional information call 727.942.2000 or visit www.innisbrookgolfresort.com.
About Salamander Hotels & Resorts
Salamander Hotels & Resorts is a privately owned and operated company based in Middleburg, VA, just outside Washington, D.C. Founded by entrepreneur Sheila C. Johnson in 2005, the company manages and develops hotels, resorts and inns that reflect the authenticity and character of their surrounding environment. The portfolio currently includes the recently renovated Innisbrook resort near Tampa, FL., host to the PGA TOUR Transitions Championship every March and the LPGA Legends Tour Open Championship in November; Woodlands Inn near Charleston, SC, which is one of only six properties in North America to hold Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond ratings for both accommodations and dining; Fishing Lodge Cap Cana, a luxurious resort development on the East Coast of the Dominican Republic opening on October 1, 2011; and the under-construction Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, a 340-acre equestrian-themed resort located near Washington, D.C. For additional information, call (540) 687-3710 or visit www.salamanderhotels.com.