Westgate Resorts continues expansion with new executive appointments
Westgate Resorts names new Chief Business Officer, Senior Vice President of Resort Operations, Vice President of Resort Operations, Vice President of Community & Public Affairs and Vice President of Security
Following years of continued growth, Westgate Resorts has named a new Chief Business Officer, Senior Vice President of Resort Operations, Vice President of Resort Operations, Vice President of Community & Public Affairs and Vice President of Security.
“As our business continues to thrive and expand, it is fitting that we promote those who have helped us grow into senior leadership positions,” said President and CEO David Siegel.
“I’m proud of the professional and personal growth that each of these individuals have demonstrated at Westgate,” said Chief Operating Officer Mark Waltrip.
Jared Saft promoted to Chief Business Officer
Jared Saft has been named Chief Business Officer of Westgate Resorts. Saft previously served as Senior Vice President and has been with Westgate Resorts for more than 11 years. In his new role, he will oversee the development and evaluation of all new business and growth opportunities for the company, in addition to his continued oversight of companywide hotel sales and marketing; digital marketing and social media; inventory and revenue management; and timeshare and call center operations.
Saft is a board member of the American Resort Development Association (ARDA).
Saft received his undergraduate degree from Emory University and earned his master’s degree in policy and statistical analytics from Brown University.
Tom Sparks promoted to Senior Vice President of Resort Operations
Tom Sparks was promoted to Senior Vice President of Resort Operations. His new responsibilities include overseeing all resort operations and guest experience for all Westgate resorts. Sparks has been with Westgate Resorts for over 17 years and has served in various leadership roles including as Vice President of Florida Regional Operations and as General Manager of Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa.
Before Sparks joined the Westgate team in 2000, he worked for the Walt Disney Company for 20 years and served in management roles at various resorts including Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa and Disney Vacation Club.
Brian Waltrip promoted to Vice President of Resort Operations
Brian Waltrip has been named Vice President of Resort Operations at Westgate Resorts, previously serving as the Vice President of Western Regional Operations and as General Manager of Westgate Park City Resort & Spa. In his new role, Waltrip will oversee all resort operations, as well as the Westgate Guest Experience Measurement and Brand Standards programs for all Westgate resorts. He has held roles at Westgate properties in Orlando, Las Vegas and Park City during his 17 years with the company.
Waltrip earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from San Jose State University.
Mara Frazier promoted to Vice President of Community & Public Affairs
Mara Frazier has been promoted to Vice President of Community & Public Affairs and continues her role as Executive Director of the Westgate Resorts Foundation.
Frazier works hand-in-hand with operations, nonprofits, community stakeholders and elected officials to align community investment and public affairs with the needs of the community and the business in each of Westgate’s resort markets. Frazier developed Westgate’s Strong Families | Strong Workforce community strategy and revitalized the Foundation’s grant program, resulting in $1 million awarded to nonprofits for two consecutive years. Her team oversees the company’s team member crisis fund and its CareForce volunteer program. She serves boards representing the areas of homelessness, education, veteran employment and tourism.
Bob Cahill promoted to Vice President of Security
Bob Cahill has been promoted to Vice President of Security for Westgate Resorts. He most recently served as Senior Director of Corporate Security and Loss Prevention.
In his new role, Cahill will oversee security at all Westgate corporate and resort properties nationwide, ensuring a safe environment for timeshare owners, guests and team members.
Prior to joining Westgate in 2015, Cahill spent over 30 years with the New York City Police Department.