Long-time Yosemite Veteran Leads Iconic and Historic Hotel
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif., April 13, 2011—DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, an authorized National Park Service concessioner providing stewardship and hospitality in Yosemite, is pleased to announce the appointment of Brett Archer as General Manager for The Ahwahnee, a full-service, AAA Four-Diamond property that opened in 1927. Archer, a 22-year veteran of working in Yosemite National Park, assumes the role of operating and maintaining this historic property as a destination for thousands of visitors year-round. With 99 rooms and 24 exterior cottages, The Ahwahnee recently completed a fire and life safety upgrade and underwent a major rehabilitation of its guest rooms, public spaces, kitchen and exterior walkway. It is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and has been accepted as a member of Historic Hotels of America.
“Brett Archer is the perfect fit for The Ahwahnee,” said Dan Jensen, President of DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc., the concessionaire for Yosemite National Park. “His Yosemite experience and passion for visitor service ensure that he will continue to provide exceptional guest experiences at the hotel.”
Serving as the General Manager at Curry Village for the past eight years, Archer brings a sense of pride and enthusiasm to his role at The Ahwahnee. In his new position he is responsible for overseeing the operations of The Ahwhanee, including the Dining Room, world-renowned Vintners’ Holidays, Bracebridge Dinners, Chefs’ Holidays and managing 260 staff members. This is his second post at The Ahwahnee, as he served as the Assistant General Manager, the Food & Beverage Manager and the Rooms Manager over the course of 10 years from 1993 to 2003. He began his career in Yosemite at the Village Hamburger Stand in 1985 and held a variety of positions including Curry Village Assistant Front Desk Manager, Housekeeping Camp Front Desk Manager, Curry Village Front Desk Manager and Housekeeping Camp Manager. Archer is a founding member of DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite Green Path® Environmental Management System and the chairman of DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite Rewards and Recognition Committee. He is originally from Compton, Illinois and enjoys relaxing by the Merced River with his family when he’s not making guests happy at The Ahwahnee.
About The Ahwahnee
The Ahwahnee, operated by DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, is a full-service, AAA Four-Diamond hotel located in Yosemite National Park, which is home to stunning natural beauty, bountiful activities and historic charm. The Ahwahnee is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and has been accepted as a member of Historic Hotels of America, a program that recognizes hotel properties for preserving and maintaining their historic integrity, architecture and ambiance. The Ahwahnee was recognized by Conde Nast Traveler magazine’s “Reader’s Choice Awards” in 2010 as one of the top 100 resorts in the United States. For more information, visit www.yosemitepark.com/ahwahnee.
About Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts
Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts is a leading hospitality provider in Special PlacesSM, with hotel, retail, food service, recreation and transportation operations at historic and scenic properties in North America and Australia. The company operates Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and in Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Sequoia and Yosemite national parks, including The Ahwahnee and other Yosemite lodges; Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite & the Cottages at Tenaya Lodge; Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa in British Columbia; Niagara Falls State Park; The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake in Ohio; Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga; Holiday Inn West Yellowstone, Gray Wolf Inn & Suites and Yellowstone Park Hotel; The Queen Mary in Long Beach; and soon, LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Wash. The company also owns and operates five luxury resorts in Australia: Lizard Island Resort, Heron Island Resort, Wilson Island Resort, Kings Canyon Resort and El Questro Homestead and Wilderness Park. To learn more about Delaware North Companies’ hospitality management expertise, visit www.experiencednc.com.
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