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Salamander Hotels & Resorts Appoints Eric Gavin as Chief Sales & Marketing Officer

Eric Gavin
Eric Gavin

Eric Gavin

Eric Gavin is the chief sales and marketing officer for Salamander Hotels & Resorts

MIDDLEBURG, VA – Salamander Hotels & Resorts, the luxury hotel management company founded by Sheila C. Johnson, has appointed Eric Gavin as its new chief sales & marketing officer.

Gavin joins Salamander, which is based outside Washington, D.C., from Benchmark Hospitality International, where he served as regional director of sales and marketing.

He will oversee Salamander’s corporate strategic sales, marketing and revenue management initiatives for the company’s growing portfolio, which includes three grand golf resorts in Florida: Innisbrook in Tampa Bay, Reunion in Orlando and Hammock Beach in Palm Coast; and the highly acclaimed Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, VA. A fourth Florida resort, The Henderson in Destin, is scheduled to open on Memorial Day Weekend in 2016. There are also several new hotel and resort projects in the pipeline which will be announced this year.  

“This is a tremendous and exciting opportunity for me to work with a great team led by a driven, highly principled owner in Sheila Johnson,” said Gavin. “I look forward to helping further develop Salamander’s luxury identity, while supporting the company’s collection of resorts by continuing to enhance Salamander’s strategic positioning and optimizing revenue.”

Gavin has also previously served as vice president of marketing for Noble House Hotels & Resorts, regional director of sales and marketing for Morgans Hotel Group, and director of sales and marketing for Loews Miami Beach Hotel.

“Eric is a very talented and creative sales and marketing executive,” said Prem Devadas, president of Salamander Hotels & Resorts. “We’re thrilled to welcome him into the Salamander family, and know he will further elevate our company’s brand awareness while continuing to drive revenue growth.”

A graduate of the University of South Carolina, Aiken, Gavin began his two-decade hospitality career working in front office operations in Hilton Head, S.C. He is relocating to Northern Virginia with his wife Jenn and their three children: Riley, Jamieson and Addison. 

Salamander Hotels & Resorts delivers accessible luxury through holistic diversity, signature services, authentic senses of place, and immersive experiences that encourage guests to evolve on a personal level.


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 has a portfolio that features a collection of three stellar Florida golf resorts including Innisbrook Resort near Tampa, Reunion Resort in Orlando and Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast; the luxurious Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, a 340-acre equestrian-inspired property near Washington, D.C.; and the development and management of The Henderson, a 170-room beachfront resort in Destin, FL; For additional information, call (540) 687-3710 or visit

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