Pan Pacific says goodbye to Jim Douglas

After seven years as the general manager of the two Pan Pacific hotels in Whistler and the Dubh Linn Gate Irish Pub, Jim Douglas is moving on to explore new challenges. As he departs, he leaves behind a legacy that has inspired countless employees and changed the hospitality industry throughout Whistler forever.

Under his management, the Pan Pacific Whistler garnered countless accolades, even as he took the two properties through the challenges of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Douglas, know for his mantra "always put the guest first," mingled daily with guests to ensure they got the most out of their vacation. Most of all he was admired as an inspiring leader who empowered his staff and colleagues and always led by example.

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"Jim Douglas is always the hardest worker in the room," says his colleague Nooshi Akhavan, director of revenue at the Pan Pacific Whistler. "He believes in under promising and over delivering."

Prior to joining the Pan Pacific Hotel Group in 2006, Douglas worked with the Coast Hotels & Resorts organization for 18 years; before that, he held various positions in the Keg Restaurants organization. Joining the Pan Pacific Hotel Group introduced Douglas to a progressive, dynamic and forward-looking group of professionals whose ideals were in close alignment with his own. Those ideals also inspired him to become the driving force behind the inception of the Hotel Association of Whistler, and subsequently to become chairman of the group.

No matter where his path takes him next, Whistler will always hold special memories and will feel like his second home. Douglas and his wife Jan plan to spend much more time together, sharing their mutual hobbies, which include fishing, curling, golfing, skiing and, of course, hockey. As he seeks new opportunities and adventures, there is no question that he will be deeply missed by those he influenced along the way.

Sunstone Ridge Group gearing up for first season

The Sunstone Ridge Group is gearing up for a great first season at the newly acquired Meadows at Pemberton Golf Course and The Black Squirrel Restaurant.Committed to providing the public with a great golf and restaurant experience for years to come, the team is working away at the property and excited to be part of the Pemberton community.

They are also working diligently on their plans for the Sunstone Ridge development. The unique property is planned to include spectacular view lots, a flagship educational institution and is adjacent to 21 acres identified for a future community recreation site.The Sunshine Ridge Group in holding an open house this Saturday (April 6) at 1 p.m. at the Black Squirrel Restaurant located at The Meadows at Pemberton Golf Course. They welcome all to come out to meet the new owners and see what exciting changes are underway for the future. Visit www.sunstoneridge.ca for more information.

Cracked Pepper changes

The Cracked Pepper Café and Catering Company in Function Junction has switched gears. Last week marked the closing of their café as owner Patrick Beveridge has decided to change the focus of his business to further his catering opportunities.

He is constantly adding even more delectable items to his extensive catering menu and Beveridge plans to cater events of all sizes this year. The Cracked Pepper team is able to cater everything from the casual backyard barbecue to a wedding. He is sure to be seen at many local events serving casual favourites like his famous pork sliders and fried pickles, but is also known for his work with large events featuring gourmet plated items and fine cheese platters.

Beveridge discovered a need among Whistlerites for solutions for small dinners catered at home. Many customers have used his services to cater a small intimate meal with their friends or even just the family after a day on the hill or at the office. With a variety of price points and food choices, his service makes gourmet dining at home more accessible. Function Junction "lunchers" can still enjoy hot Cracked Pepper soup at Olives Market. They also pick up healthy and delicious microwaveable take-home meal from the market. For more information on Cracked Pepper Catering email crackedpeppercafe@gmail.com or call 604-932-3949.

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