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Salamander Hotels & Resorts Appoints J. Michael Williams as Managing Director at Innisbrook Resort

Mike Williams
Mike Williams

Mike Williams

MIDDLEBURG, VA – Salamander Hotels & Resorts, the luxury hotel company founded by Sheila Johnson, today announced the appointment of J. Michael Williams as the new managing director of Innisbrook, a Salamander Golf & Spa Resort, in Tampa Bay. A former Innisbrook director of sales and marketing, Williams returns to the renowned resort in his new role as it readies to host the world’s finest golfers on its Copperhead Course for the Valspar Championship, an official PGA TOUR event.

Williams’ notable hospitality management career includes spending the past four years as executive vice president for operations and sales with Crescent Hotels & Resorts. Williams also worked for over two decades at Hilton, including serving as vice president of global brand performance. During his time spent working in Florida and at Innisbrook, he lived in nearby Palm Harbor for 12 years.

"I am thrilled to join Salamander Hotels & Resorts and become a part of its exciting growth,” said Williams. “I look forward to returning to the area and working closely with the Innisbrook team, club members and owners to deliver memorable experiences at this distinguished resort."

Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Williams has been married for 38 years to Mary Ellen Williams. They have two daughters, including one who lives in Palm Harbor, and a three-year-old grandson. In addition to spending time with his family, he enjoys playing golf and cooking.

“Michael’s résumé and experience are exceptional, and he is an expert in improving guest satisfaction and delivering superior service,” said Prem Devadas, president of Salamander Hotels & Resorts. “We’re thrilled to welcome him to this special property and know he will continue to elevate our destination golf experience, which is already considered one of the finest in the country.”

Innisbrook Resort is situated on 900 wooded acres of rolling hills in the Tampa Bay area on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Located just 30 minutes from Tampa International Airport, the resort features 72 holes of championship golf, over 500 spacious guest suites and rooms, the 12-treatment room Salamander Spa, four restaurants and three bars, the Innisbrook Golf Academy, 11 tennis courts, six heated swimming pool complexes, a nature preserve, and three conference halls with 100,000 square feet of meeting space.

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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 luxury portfolio featuring two distinct collections. The Signature Collection includes the stunning Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, a 340-acre equestrian-inspired property near Washington, D.C.; The Henderson, a 170-room grand beach resort in Destin, FL; NOPSI New Orleans, a new 217-room luxury historic hotel conversion in opening Summer 2017; and Hotel Bennett, a 179-room luxury hotel in Charleston, SC, opening in late 2017. The Golf Collection includes the famed Innisbrook Resort in Tampa Bay, which hosts an annual PGA TOUR on its Copperhead Course; the elegant Reunion Resort in Orlando, which includes Signature Course designs from Nicklaus, Palmer and Watson; and the recently renovated oceanfront Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, FL, home to layouts by Nicklaus and Watson. For additional information, visit

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