Leslie Johnson Appointed to General Manager of the Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark

Marcus Hotels & Resorts today announced the appointment of Leslie Johnson, a four-year Marcus Hotels & Resorts veteran, as general manager of Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark in Lake Geneva, Wis.

Johnson brings extensive leadership and management expertise to her new position, having previously served as the director of rooms at the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa.  She joined Marcus Hotels & Resorts in 2008 as the director of restaurant sales & promotions, where she oversaw the management teams and organizational systems for the company’s Milwaukee-area restaurants.  Prior to joining Marcus Hotels & Resorts, she spent 12 years in various positions within the hospitality industry focused on catering and marketing.  Her experience includes positions with Hyatt Hotels & Resorts and RARE Hospitality, where she opened several new Capital Grille restaurant locations.

“Leslie has contributed greatly to the success of Marcus Hotels & Resorts by taking a leadership role at several of our key Wisconsin properties,” said Gregory S. Marcus, president and chief executive officer of The Marcus Corporation.  “Her restaurant and hospitality experience makes her an ideal candidate for the general manager position.  On behalf of the entire Marcus Hotels & Resorts team, we congratulate Leslie on her new position.”

In addition to her work at Marcus Hotels & Resorts, Johnson is a member of several industry organizations including the National Concierge Association (NCA), Wisconsin Restaurant Association (WRA), Wisconsin Society of Association Executives (WSAE), Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC) and the Milwaukee Convention Visitors Bureau marketing committee (Visit Milwaukee).

Johnson graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, Wis. with a bachelor’s degree in hospitality and tourism.  She will officially take the helm at Timber Ridge Lodge on Friday, February 10, 2012.

For more information about the resort or to make reservations, please visit www.GrandGeneva.com orwww.TimberRidgeResort.com.

About Marcus Hotels & Resorts

Marcus Hotels & Resorts owns or manages 18 hotels, resorts and other properties in nine states.  A force in the hospitality industry, Marcus Hotels & Resorts provides expertise in management, development and historical renovations.  The company’s portfolio includes a wide variety of properties including city-center meeting hotels, upscale resorts and branded first-class hotels.  For more information visit: www.marcushotels.com.

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