Executive Team

Prem Devadas, President of Salamander Hotels & Resorts

Prem Devadas – President

Prem Devadas, President, is a 25-year veteran of the hospitality industry. After ten years with The Potomac Hotel Group in Washington, D.C., he left the Regional Director of Operations position to manage the lodging portfolio for CCA Industries whose holdings include The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, VA, The Hermitage Hotel in Nashville, TN and Kiawah Island Resort near Charleston, SC. As Managing Director, he repositioned the Jefferson Hotel and the Hermitage Hotel through extensive renovations, and achieved Mobil Five Star and AAA Five Diamond awards for the respective properties. At Kiawah Island, he directed the development and successful opening in August 2004 of The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, the new 255-room ultra-luxury hotel, which is hailed as one of the world's best.

Dale Pelletier – Chief Financial Officer

Dale Pelletier, Chief Financial Officer, is a 30-year veteran of the hospitality industry. Dale oversees the company's financial, accounting, tax, information systems, treasury, planning and reporting activities. His extensive experience with more than 70 hotels includes full-service, limited-service, all-suite, resort and condominium hotels both at the property and corporate levels. Dale also served as Chief Financial Officer for MEI Hotels, a hotel development, ownership, management and investment group. He was responsible for all financial activities for the company's managed and asset managed hotels, construction and development projects and three private equity funds. Prior to MEI, Dale was Chief Financial Officer for the U.S. operations of City Hotels, an international hotel and airline company that has hotels in the U.S. and Europe and is listed on the Brussels Stock Exchange.


Tracey Slavonia – Chief Sales & Marketing Officer

Tracey Slavonia, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, oversees the company's strategic sales and revenue management initiatives for the company's growing portfolio. Slavonia brings her exceptional talent and over 20 years of experience to Salamander Hotels & Resorts from properties across the US including Canyon Ranch, Miraval Resorts, and PGA National. In her previous role her responsibilities included leading the sales, marketing, and communication efforts as well as playing a key role in repositioning new development efforts within the Enchantment Group. Tracey has previously been recognized in her roles by being named Top Ten Women in Business & Industry by Today's Arizona Woman Success Magazine as well as taking on speaking roles at discussions and conferences throughout North America.


John Speers - Vice President of Operations

John Speers, Vice President of Operations, oversees day-to-day operations of the company's hotels and resorts. He brings an exceptional background in luxury and Five Star/Five Diamond operations, having previously served as Senior Vice President overseeing properties such as Chatham Bars Inn and the Lodge at Perry Cabin, as well as the Managing Director for The Little Nell Hotel, Residences at Little Nell, and The Aspen Club. Speers has previously served as General Manager of Faena Hotels in Miami Beach, as Resort Manager of Four Seasons Jackson Hole in Teton Village, WY, and as Director of Food and Beverage at Four Season Chicago. He began his career as an assistant food and beverage manager at The Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach in Florida. 

Theresa Silo – Vice President of Human Resources

Theresa Silo, Vice President of Human Resources, is directly responsible for the human resources departments throughout the Salamander portfolio. A seasoned and respected industry leader, her experience features leadership roles at some of the country’s most decorated properties. Silo spent 14 years at Kiawah Island Golf Resort in two spells, working as both director of human resources and the director of operations at the Kiawah Island Inn. She has also served as the general manager of The Hermitage Hotel in Nashville, TN; director of operations at the Waldorf Towers in New York, NY; and front office manager at The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, VA.


Corporate Team Members

John Annicchiarico - Regional Vice President, Sales & Marketing 

Katy Banagan - Senior Staff Accountant 

Rachel Berntsen - Corporate Marketing & Communications Manager 

Violeta Borgonia - Corporate Accounts Payable 

Jim Busch – Director of Project Management 

Heather Buss - Corporate Director, Global Sales

Carla Carroll - Corporate Director, Global Sales 

Helaine Carver - Executive Assistant to President 

Karen Godoy – Corporate Accounting 

Jenny Greenlief - Corporate Training Manager

John Harrison - Regional Director, National Sales 

Tashea Lowery - Corporate Human Resources Manager

Liz Martin - Corporate Director of Marketing Strategy

David Millar – Vice President & Corporate Controller 

Matt Owen – Corporate Director of Public Relations 

Cori Rusher - Corporate Sales & Marketing Coordinator 

Bobby Sweet - Vice President of Leisure Sales

Beatriz Schlueter – Corporate Information Technology 

Debbie Thomas - Assistant Corporate Controller