Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa Welcomes New Spa & Golf Directors; Announces Golf Accolades

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The lush Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa announces its two newest additions to the team as well as additional golf accomplishments.

The lush Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa announces its two newest additions to the team. Appointments include J. Reid, Spa Director, and Ryan Roche, Director of Golf.

"I am honored to have such tenured and admirable leaders on our Lexington Resort team and I look forward to their great contributions and continued success," said Mark Jeffrey, General Manager.

J. Reid, Spa Director
Ms. Reid will be responsible for the overall spa operation and exceptional service experience that guests will receive daily. She will also manage the retail items that will be sold and used for all spa services. Ms. Reid will also be very involved in the creation of the Spa Organic Herb Garden which will house herbs exclusively used for the resort spa treatments.

Ms. Reid joins the distinguished team at Griffin Gate with a 15-year track record in the Spa/Wellness industry. Before moving from Golden, CO, to Lexington and taking the helm of The Spa at Griffin Gate, the newest spa in Lexington, KY., Ms. Reid worked for the world-renowned Aveda and gloMinerals.

Complementing her industry expertise is a BA in Art from the University of Hawaii and an MFA from Naropa University.

Ryan Roche, Director of Golf
Mr. Roche recently received the notable nomination to the PGA Merchandiser of the Year-KY section. A 1999 graduate of the Ferris State University Professional Golf Management Program, Roche is an elected member of Professional Golfers Association, a certified Faldo Golf Institute Instructor and was recognized in Golfdom magazine as one of the industry's People on the Move in 2007.

Roche started his career with Marriott in 2000 at Marriott's Shadow Ridge Golf Club, one of America's Top 100 Places to Play" by Golf Magazine. He started at Griffin Gate in Jan 2007.

The Lexington resort would also like to announce its Golf Tournament Director's recent PGA certification. Don Hobbs, a well-known Lexington golf instructor completed a four-year program consisting of industry related work activities, three rigorous testing stages, a Playing Ability Test, and thousands of hours of apprenticeship under a PGA professional to earn the accolade.

The Griffin Gate Golf Club is certified in Environmental Planning by Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP). The ACSP is an international program administered by Audubon International designed to help landowners preserve and enhance the environmental quality of their property.

About Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa
Enveloped by the green meadows of Bluegrass Country, this beautiful Kentucky hotel welcomes guests to discover a contagious unbridled spirit and unmatched Southern hospitality. Convenient to the Blue Grass Airport, Downtown, historic Keeneland Horse Track and the Kentucky Horse Park, guests can retreat to soothing rooms with plush bedding after completing a challenging round on the magnificent Rees Jones-designed golf course or a day of sight-seeing. Envision being in the winner's circle after a successful business engagement at this innovative hotel in Lexington, Kentucky. Experience a magical wedding providing the perfect blend of tradition and imagination in a classic banquet room or the picturesque outdoor space. Discover a Lexington, KY hotel a breed above the rest at the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort. For more information, menus or reservations, call (800) 228-9290 or visit


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