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.”

Recipient of the World’s Leading Luxury Train title from the 2020 World Travel Awards, Rocky Mountaineer launched its first-ever excursion in America’s Southwest on Aug. 15, 2021. “Rockies to the Red Rocks” is a two-day route that winds alongside rivers and through canyons and mountains between the vibrant city of Denver, Colorado and the red rock formations of Moab, Utah.


There are several new appointments to announce in the U.S. Mountain West’s hospitality industry. Here are the latest of interest to the meetings and events industry. 

Kimpton Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City, Utah 

Jeff Olpin, the new general manager of Kimpton Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City


Groups have another option in Jackson, Wyoming, and this one has a prime location on the town’s historic town square. The Cloudveil, an Autograph Collection hotelfeatures 100 guest rooms and suites and 7,500 square feet of indoor/outdoor meeting and event space. 

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