Nita Lake Lodge reveals new hotel manager

Also this week: A creative studio pops up in Whistler, a local hotel goes for gold

Nita Lake Lodge has just announced the appointment of long-time employee Theresa Ginter as their new hotel manager. Theresa joined the Nita Lake Lodge family back in November 2010 as front office supervisor and has worked her way up in the company by first taking on extra responsibilities as front office and revenue manager and then further developing her role as operations and revenue manager. "We're so pleased to appoint Theresa as our new hotel manager," said Nita Lake Lodge's majority owner Michael Scholz. "During her time at Nita she has shown herself to have an outstanding work ethic, a real love for Whistler and a passion for leading the team and helping guests to have the best possible experience during their stay with us."

Working closely with CFO Morgan Pickering and Merina Koly, VP of business development, Theresa will lead the hotel team. Her duties cover a wide variety of responsibilities from the daily operations of Whistler's only luxury lakeside lodge to sales, marketing and finance management. "The passion that people have for this industry and the resort is inspiring to me," Theresa said. "I'm very excited to be in this position and I hope to be an inspiration for others that are striving to be successful."

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Born in Schramberg in Germany's Black Forest, Theresa started her 12-year hospitality career as a restaurant server and worked in various bartender, supervisor and manager roles before seeking a change of pace and joining the Nita Lake Lodge team in 2010. Theresa moved to Whistler in 2007, drawn by the mountains and her love of snowboarding. She continues to enjoy the active outdoor Whistler lifestyle with winter sports, yoga, golfing and hiking, and she has found her dream location in the stunning surroundings of Nita Lake. For more information on the lodge, please visit www.nitalakelodge.com.

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Matador Creative Studio has set up shop in Whistler. After three years with operational hubs in Winnipeg and Edmonton, Matador Creative Studio has consolidated their unique brand of animated "explainer" videos to the Whistler market, and they're here to stay. "The decision to move to Whistler was an easy one for us to make," said company founder and creative director David Lewis. "I was born in North Vancouver and started skiing Whistler in 1985. When these mountains are in your blood, it's impossible to stay away for too long."

Matador specializes in creating unique animated communications tools to help their clients explain what they do in an engaging and "sharable" way. "We like to think of our product as 'social media ammunition' for our clients' businesses," Lewis said.

With clients dotted all over the globe - from the Czech Republic, to the Caribbean to just down the street - Lewis and his team at Matador are hard at work developing new and innovative ways to communicate the core messaging that's most important to their clients. A veteran of the Canadian radio industry, starting in February, Lewis can also be heard as the newest voice of Whistler FM.

Matador operates a team of illustrators and animators who work remotely all over the country, but is currently exploring the option of setting up a studio space in Function Junction that will also serve as a hub for other creative firms in Whistler to collaborate and share ideas. For more information on Matador Creative Studio, you can visit their website at www.matadorhq.com.

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It has been four years since the world was watching Whistler and the 2010 Olympics. Now, many local businesses are unveiling their plans to relish in the great memories and amazing sporting firsts.

The folks at Pan Pacific Whistler have decided to create an offer for visitors to relive it all with their special "Go for Gold Olympic Package." As the world's athletes gather in Sochi, Russia, for the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, both Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre and Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside properties are offering a fun vacation package to pair with a minimum two-night getaway during the Olympics or Paralympics.

As part of this unique package, and with the help of a professional pilot, Pan Pacific Whistler guests who "Go for Gold" will join a four-man team of amateur bobsleigh athletes at the Whistler Sliding Centre. Before reaching the speed trap in Thunderbird Corner, riders will have passed through 10 corners, reaching speeds of 120 to 130 kilometres per hour. They are also including two pairs of 2014 Olympic mittens and two complimentary "Sochi" cocktails in Dubh Linn Gate Irish Pub. For more information on the Go for the Gold package and Pan Pacific Whistler you can visit www.panpacificwhistler.com.

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