Robert Harmon, Principal & Chairman
Bob Harmon is a graduate of Stanford University and Stanford Law School. He left the practice of law to form Moana Corporation, a developer of premium resort properties in California, Hawaii and the West. Ultimately, Mr. Harmon became active in the hotel and management business upon the completion of Auberge du Soleil in 1985.
Mark Harmon, Principal & Chief Executive Officer
Mark Harmon formed Auberge Resorts in 1998 to consolidate the management and financial expertise and the assets of its various hospitality ventures and to pursue the development of other unique properties. Since then, he has led the company's growth to encompass ventures not only in resort management, but also in resort development, real estate and residence clubs. Mr. Harmon is a graduate of Princeton University and University of California, Hastings Law School.
Eric Calderon, Principal & Chief Operating Officer
Eric has more than 30 years experience in the luxury hotel and resort industry. During his more than 18 years as Vice President and General Manager at the Aspen Skiing Company, he oversaw operations at several of the West's leading resorts and private clubs, including the Mobil Five-Star, Five Diamond-rated Little Nell, where he was instrumental in developing the $150 million Residences at the Little Nell; the Snowmass Club and Snowmass Club Residences and the Aspen Mountain Club. A graduate of the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, Switzerland.
Caroline MacDonald, Principal & Senior Vice President of Marketing
Caroline MacDonald brings with her extensive sales, marketing and branding experience in the hospitality industry. Since joining the company in 2001 she has been instrumental in the opening and branding of six Auberge properties and the launching of the sister brand Solage Hotels & Resorts. Prior to joining Auberge Resorts, she held the position of Vice President of Sales & Marketing for the Pinehurst Company responsible for The Palmilla Resort in Los Cabos, Mexico. Her career in the luxury hotel market includes most notably seven years with Carefree Resorts as Director of Sales & Marketing at the Carmel Valley Ranch. Caroline is currently attending Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business pursuing an MBA.
Ursula Zopp, Vice President of Human Resources
After graduating from the University of Virginia, Ursula Zopp joined Hyatt Hotels, completing Hyatt's Corporate Training Program. For ten years, Ms. Zopp worked in Human Resources with Hyatt. During that time, she served as Director of Human Resources for the Hyatt at Fisherman's Wharf, the Park Hyatt San Francisco and the Hyatt Regency Bellevue.
John Washko, Vice President of Operations
John provides operational support and oversight, ensuring all Auberge Resorts' Brand Standards are maintained and elevated, primarily focusing on food and beverage programming and service delivery for all properties in the collection. Washko joins Auberge Resorts with more than 30 years of hospitality experience, which includes over 20 years with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts. During his Four Seasons tenure, Washko held various operational leadership positions within the company's Food & Beverage and Rooms Divisions throughout the United States and internationally. While with the Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Washko was a part of opening teams worldwide, including Dublin, Istanbul, Whistler, Costa Rica and spent his last five years as Corporate Director of Food & Beverage, the America's, guiding 26 hotels and resorts. He was also Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills and Four Seasons San Francisco, which achieved the Mobil 5 Star rating within its first year of operation, as well as Food & Beverage Director at properties including The Pierre in New York City and The Ritz-Carlton Chicago. Washko also serves on the James Beard Foundation Board of Directors. His recognition and participation garnered him the recipient of the 2008 James Beard Foundation Angel Award.
Tracy Lee, Principal & Vice President of Spa Development
Tracy Lee has worked for a number of renowned hospitality institutions since graduating from the University of Arizona. Her first major position was Spa Director for the Spa at the Peaks in Telluride, Colorado. Following that, Ms. Lee served as Spa Director at the Boulders Resort, Arizona. Most recently, Ms. Lee was the Senior Director of Golden Door Spas, responsible for the design, development and operation of all new Golden Door Spas. Tracy has developed a successful consulting firm Lee Consulting that works with Auberge Resorts on all new project developments while continuing to oversee the operations for Auberge Resort Spas.
Claude Rouas, Principal & Vice-Chairman
Claude Rouas had his early training in Paris at Maxims and the Hotel Meurice. For many years Mr. Rouas was the owner and operator of L'Etoile, San Francisco's premier French restaurant. Claude Rouas, with Bob Harmon, founded Piatti Restaurant Company, which owns and operates 14 restaurants in California and four other Western States. Mr. Rouas is a member of the Restaurant Hall of Fame.
Tim Harmon, Principal & Director
Tim Harmon is CEO of Solage Hotels & Resorts, a new brand developed by the team behind Auberge Resorts. Mr. Harmon also serves as CEO of Moana Hotel & Restaurant Group, an affiliated company that owns and manages a wide range of restaurants including several branded divisions and a variety of independent ventures. Prior to founding Moana, Mr. Harmon served as Director of Business Development for Auberge Resorts where he handled acquisitions and development of new properties. Mr. Harmon is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and the Hastings College of Law in San Francisco.
George Goeggel, Principal & Director
George Goeggel was educated in Europe with subsequent hotel apprenticeship before spending his formative years working at luxury hotels in Switzerland, Austria and France. Mr. Goeggel joined the Rosewood Hotel Group holding various management positions at the Mansion Turtle Creek, Hotel Bel Air, The Remington, Hotel Hana Maui, and The Hotel Crescent Court and Spa. In 1990, Mr. Goeggel became the Managing Partner of the Auberge du Soleil and also serves as a Director and Principal of Auberge Resorts.
Grant Harmon, Principal & General Counsel
Grant Harmon is a graduate of Stanford Law School. Following his career in the practice of private law, Mr. Harmon became general counsel of Eureka Bank. He now serves as General Counsel for Auberge Resorts.
Ben Weprin, President/CEO of Adventurous Journeys LLC
Adventurous Journeys LLC develops, owns and operates commercial and hospitality properties throughout the country. Adventurous Journeys is a partner in Auberge Resorts and is currently actively pursuing new investment and management opportunities on its behalf. Ben is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.