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Executive Team

Sheila C. Johnson

"Inspiration will find you in places you never imagined."

— Sheila C. Johnson
Founder & CEO

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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, 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 oversees revenue development including sales, marketing, communications and revenue optimization for Salamander's growing portfolio. Slavonia has also previously served as chief marketing officer for Enchantment Group based in Scottsdale, Arizona. Prior, she served as the chief marketing officer for Canyon Ranch, overseeing their portfolio in Arizona, Florida, Las Vegas, Massachusetts, Turkey and the At Sea division. Additionally, she served as the vice president of sales and marketing for Miraval Holding for four years with oversight for their assets in New York and Arizona. Tracey, a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, earned a bachelor of science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona before beginning her hospitality career with Hilton in Phoenix. Earlier in her career, she held leadership positions with PGA National Resort & Spa in Florida; The Wigwam in Arizona; KSL Resorts and St. Regis Monarch Beach in California.

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 Inn at Perry Cabin, as well as the Managing Director for The Little Nell Hotel, Residences at Little Nell, and The Aspen Mountain 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 Executive Assistant Manager, Director of Food and Beverage at The Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach in Florida. Prior to joining Ritz Carlton, he was the General Manager of acclaimed restaurant's in San Francisco and New York City.

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

  • Chris King

    Chief DeveLOPment Officer
  • Ty Brassie

    Vice President of Sales & Marketing
  • Matt Owen

    Vice President of Communications
  • Bobby Sweet

    Vice President of Leisure Sales
  • David Millar

    Vice President & Corporate Controller
  • Brian Covington

    Vice President Revenue Optimization
  • Liz Martin

    Corporate Director of Marketing
  • Tashea Lowery

    Corporate Director of Human Resources
  • Carla Carroll

    Corporate Director of Global Sales
  • Chris Berry

    Corporate Director of Global Golf Sales
  • Jim Busch

    Corporate Director of Project Management
  • Margaret Thwaites

    Corporate director of leisure sales
  • Michelle Long

    Corporate Marketing & Communications Manager
  • Elizabeth Hart

    Corporate Social Media & Reputation Manager
  • Debbie Thomas

    Corporate Assistant Controller
  • Katy Banagan

    Corporate Senior Accountant
  • Karen Godoy

    Corporate Staff Accountant
  • Violeta Borgonia

    Corporate Accounts Payable
  • Jenny Greenlief

    Corporate Training Manager
  • Helaine Carver

    Executive Assistant to the President
  • Cori Rusher

    Corporate Sales & Marketing Coordinator

Salamander Destinations

Salamander Resort

500 North Pendleton St
Middleburg, VA 20117

The Henderson

200 Henderson Resort Way
Destin, FL 32541

Hotel Bennett

404 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

Half Moon

Montego Bay
St James
Jamaica WI


36750 U.S. Highway
19 North
Palm Harbor, FL 34684