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Ritz-Carlton Highlands appoints Allen Highfield as general manager

Allen Highfield has been named the General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe. This former General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington D.C. and Hotel Manager of The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park has spent his 18-year career working with American luxury properties. Highfield, born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area is “coming home” to California to open the Tahoe area’s first five-star caliber resort perched mid-mountain in Northstar-at-Tahoe.

Highfield brings to The Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe a strong background in luxury hotel operations, financial management and team building. He strongly believes in the lasting impressions The Ritz-Carlton brand makes in the local communities it serves.

“The Ritz-Carlton is not just constructing a building, we are bringing our philosophy and recruiting ladies and gentlemen here in Tahoe,” said Highfield. “Our ladies and gentlemen are the backbone of our Community Footprints program which will support local organizations that protect the environment, support hunger and poverty abatement and serve disadvantaged children.”

Highfield’s career includes positions as General Manager at The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington D.C. (2006-2008), Hotel Manager at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park (2004-2006) and Director of Operations at The Ritz-Carlton Club, Bachelor Gulch in Avon, Colo. (2002-2004). Highfield was Room Division Manager at The Little Nell in Aspen, Colo. (2000-2002) and worked in several management positions at The Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, Ill. (1996-2000).

Highfield received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Arizona State University in 1990.

Highfield is married to Samantha and they have two children, a four-year old daughter, Abigail and a one-year old son, Grahame. Together they enjoy fly-fishing, skiing, collecting wine and listening to the Dave Matthews Band.

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The Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe is the first new-build resort development in the Lake Tahoe area in decades. The resort is currently under construction and is on schedule to open its doors to guests in fall of 2009.

The $300-million project, situated mid-mountain in the Northstar-at-Tahoe ski area will feature ski-in, ski-out access with ski valet services, a restaurant by a renowned San Francisco celebrity chef, a 20,000 square foot spa and fitness center and preferred access to the Old Greenwood and Coyote Moon golf courses.

For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, call toll free (800) 241-3333, or visit http://www.ritzcarlton.com.