BRASELTON, Ga. – Aug. 27, 2018 – Château Élan Winery & Resort, the enchanting 16th century-styled château and full-service winery nestled among North Georgia’s picturesque foothills, proudly announces Ed Walls as general manager. In this role, Walls will be responsible for managing the resort’s day-to-day success, overseeing all operational aspects, including everything from sales and marketing to food and beverage, while maximizing company revenue.
“I am incredibly honored to join Chateau Elan Winery & Resort,” said Ed Walls, general manager. “With the resort’s unparalleled amenities, exceptional guest service and dedicated team of industry professionals, I look forward to our bright future ahead.”
With more than 39 years of hospitality experience, Walls most recently served as the general manager for the Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, Fla. Other previous roles include director of operations and area managing director for Arden Hotels, Boykin Management, Hilton Hotels Worldwide and Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Walls received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida and a master’s degree from the American University in Washington, D.C.
Located within the bustling Atlanta metro of Braselton, Château Élan offers guests traveling for business or leisure a unique destination experience marked by its unmatched luxury, distinguished offerings and amenities. Home to the most awarded winery in the Southeast, seven delectable restaurants, 40,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, a destination spa and 45 holes of championship golf managed by Troon Golf, Château Élan invites guests of all preferences to explore and enjoy the property’s picturesque land and architecture.
To learn more about Château Élan Winery & Resort or to book an upcoming visit, please visit chateauelan.com or call 678-425-0900.
Château Élan Winery & Resort
As North Georgia’s premier meeting, event and vacation destination, Château Élan Winery & Resort is located just 40 minutes north of Atlanta. On the estate sits a 16th century-styled French château with a full-service winery and tasting bar, a AAA Four Diamond Inn and conference center, a 35,000 sq. ft. European spa, 45 holes of championship golf, tennis center, seven delectable restaurants and more. The winery and resort is owned by an affiliate of Wheelock Street Capital and managed by HEI Hotels & Resorts, while Troon manages the golf experience. For more information, call 678-425-0900 or visit chateauelan.com.
HEI Hotels & Resorts
HEI Hotels & Resorts, headquartered in Norwalk, Conn., is a leading hospitality company that acquires, develops, owns and operates full-service, upper upscale and luxury hotels and resorts, as well as, premium select-service hotels throughout the United States under such well-known brand families as Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt and IHG. HEI takes a holistic approach to creating value for its investors and employees by setting the highest standards across all aspects of hotel management and operation and focusing on the central principles of excellence and continuous improvement. HEI prides itself on some of the highest employee satisfaction scores in the hospitality industry, fuels local economic prosperity by investing in communities and is committed to environmental stewardship and sustainability. For more information about HEI, visit www.heihotels.com.
Wheelock Street Capital
Wheelock Street Capital (www.wheelockst.com) was formed in 2008 by Rick Kleeman and Jonathan Paul, two veteran real estate private equity investors, each with over 25 years of broad real estate transaction experience across all major asset classes. Wheelock has since raised over $2 billion in capital commitments and is currently investing its fifth fund comprising $725 million of commitments from leading pension funds, endowments and foundations. Wheelock will invest in a broad range of real estate assets throughout the United States. The fund may invest directly or with high quality joint venture partners through a variety of capital structures and transaction types, including acquisitions, restructurings, and recapitalizations.