Speers new VP of operations at Salamander Hotels & Resorts

Salamander Hotels & Resorts, the luxury hotel company founded by Sheila Johnson, has appointed John Speers as its new vice president of operations.

John Speers

Prior to joining Salamander, Speers was senior vice president at Capital Properties where he oversaw a collection of luxury properties including the Chatham Bars Inn in Chatham, MA, and the Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Michael’s, MD. Speers also served as the general manager of Faena Hotels in Miami Beach and as managing director of The Little Nell Hotel, Residences at Little Nell and The Aspen Mountain Club, each in Aspen, CO. Faena and the renowned Little Nell hotels achieved Forbes Five Star ratings during his tenure.

“John has an exceptional background in operating highly-successful luxury hotels and specialty restaurants,” said Salamander President Prem Devadas. “He possesses superb organizational and creative skills which complement Salamander’s talented team, and his experience will allow us to consistently deliver results for our partners as we continue to grow.”


In his new executive role, Speers is responsible for leading operational excellence for the hotels and resorts within the company’s portfolio in Florida, Louisiana and Virginia, for maintaining Salamander’s high levels of service quality, and ensuring the company’s goals are achieved through increased profitability.

“Salamander is considered one of the hospitality industry’s most exciting companies and it’s a pleasure to be part of this vibrant culture,” Speers said. “While the portfolio features luxurious properties, even more importantly, the company possesses wonderfully-talented managers and service professionals. I look forward to working with the teams and building upon the foundation to further expand our luxury portfolio.”

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