Meet the Team

Opening Team

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Vijay Singh

Managing Director

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Vijay Singh

Managing Director

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Before joining Salamander, where he oversaw the openings of three luxury hotels, Vijay Singh was the general manager of The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, a Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond award winner. A veteran of some of the country’s finest hotels and resorts, Singh also spent 13 years with the Ritz-Carlton Company working at resorts in Naples, FL; Atlanta; Amelia Island, FL; Cleveland and St. Louis.

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Heidi Nowak

Director of Sales and Marketing

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Heidi Nowak

Director of Sales and Marketing

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Heidi Nowak arrives at Hotel Bennett after working in leadership roles for 20 years with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, most recently as the director of sales and marketing at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. For the previous seven years, she served as director of sales, marketing, meetings and special events at the Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte, a AAA Five Diamond property. She has also worked in Miami, New York, Detroit and Washington, D.C.

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Lindsay Forseth

Director of Catering & Conference Services

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Lindsay Forseth

Director of Catering & Conference Services

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For the last three years Lindsay Forseth has worked as the director of catering at Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, VA, which opened to international acclaim in 2013. Prior to joining the Salamander team, she was the director of catering at Lansdowne Resort in Lansdowne, VA, and previously spent five years as catering manager at the Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner in Virginia. 

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Cathy Gregory

Director of National Accounts

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Cathy Gregory

Director of National Accounts

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Most recently, Cathy held the role of Director of Group Sales for Leading Hotels of the World overseeing the Southeast group sales division.  Her previous employment includes an impressive 16-year tenure with Destination Hotels & Resorts as a National Sales Manager for the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel (AZ) and Regional Sales Manager for Wild Dunes Resort in Charleston, SC, where she earned recognition in the DH&R President’s and Chairman’s Clubs.

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John Harrison

Director of Regional Sales

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John Harrison

Director of Regional Sales

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John Harrison joined the Salamander Team in March 2016 as the Director of Regional Sales for the Northeast Market.

A hospitality sales professional and Certified Meeting Planner (CMP) with two decades of experience, John joins Salamander’s expanding national sales team in this newly created position from Pyramid Hotel Group, where he served for 14 years as Director of National Accounts for Hotel Viking in Newport, Rhode Island.

John, who is based in New England, is responsible for selling Salamander’s growing portfolio, specifically the luxurious Hotel Bennett in Charleston, South Carolina, and The Henderson in Destin, Florida. He is also charged with developing the Northeast market for Salamander. A graduate of the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, RI, Harrison has previously held senior sales leadership positions with Four Seasons in Chicago, Las Vegas, Boston and San Diego.

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Brea Strager

Senior Manager, Travel Industry Sales

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Brea Strager

Senior Manager, Travel Industry Sales

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Brea joins the Hotel Bennett from her role as the Associate Director of Corporate & Leisure Sales at The Dewberry Charleston, where she was a key member of their pre-opening management team.  Her previous employment includes the Madison Valley Ranch in Montana, Marriott Hotels & Resorts in Fort Lauderdale, and The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club in the Caribbean.  

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