After serving as director of food and beverage at Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino more than a decade ago, David Lockard returns to the Lake Tahoe community as general manager of the 405-room Resort at Squaw Creek, a luxury Lake Tahoe resort located in California’s Olympic Valley and featuring 33,000 square feet of indoor and 14,780 square feet of outdoor event space. 

In a move from the beach back to the mountains, Lockard joins the property from Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine in San Diego. He launched his Hyatt career in 1995 as a stewarding supervisor at Hyatt Regency Beaver Creek in Colorado and since then has held a variety of positions ranging from F&B manager and director of operations to GM of multiple properties, including Hyatt Centric Park City in Utah and Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine.  

Originally from Mission Viejo, California, Lockard attended Northern Arizona University and earned a bachelor of sciences degree in hotel and restaurant management.  

“I couldn’t be happier to return to Lake Tahoe as this destination is very near and dear to me professionally and personally,” he says. “Our resort is a very experiential destination with countless year-round activities and unmatched food and beverage options. I look forward to further showcasing how Resort at Squaw Creek is not only a summer getaway or a premier winter ski retreat, but how it provides an immersive world-class experience for both groups and leisure travelers throughout the entire year.”

The Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau (Visit Pasadena) has a new executive director: Kristin McGrath. She brings over 20 years of experience in the tourism industry to the role, much of that time spent specializing in destination management, sales and marketing. For the past five years, McGrath served as the vice president of sales, services, and she has held similar positions with Richmond Region Tourism and Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau. She also held positions at Westin Copley Place Boston and the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau.


Timber Cove Resort is welcoming two key executives to the celebrated resort that sits on a dramatic bluff above a rugged stretch of the Sonoma coastline. Jason Reiplinger joins Timber Cove as managing director and Brendalee Vialpando as executive chef.


Emily Nichols has joined the Kimpton Alton Hotel in San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf as general manager. She was previously the general manager of the Kimpton Buchanan in the city’s Japantown neighborhood, and prior to that served as the assistant general manager at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in Union Square. Her 15 years of experience in hospitality include roles in hotels across the country, including Mendocino, Palm Beach, New York City, and Rochester, Minnesota.