Meet The Team
Allen Highfield is the General Manager of Montage Deer Valley, overseeing all operations of this spectacular year-round mountain resort located in the Empire Pass area of Park City, Utah.
Mr. Highfield joins us with extensive and diverse experience in the luxury hospitality industry, where he has operated in both resort and mountain destinations, as well as urban and city properties. Most recently, he served as the General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco. It was during Mr. Highfield’s tenure as General Manager that the property received recognition as one of the top 20 Best City Hotels in the World by Andrew Harper Hideaway – the only Ritz-Carlton that year to receive this distinguished award.
His career with The Ritz-Carlton began in 2002, when he was recruited to the luxury brand as Director of Operations for the opening of The Ritz-Carlton Club, Bachelor Gulch in Colorado. Soon thereafter, Allen was promoted to Hotel Manager at The Ritz-Carlton, Battery Park, where he twice served as Interim-General Manager. In 2006, Allen was promoted to General Manager, The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown prior to being tapped as opening General Manager for The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe.
Prior to joining The Ritz-Carlton Mr. Highfield served on the management team at The Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago, Illinois and at The Little Nell in Aspen, Colorado and he started his hospitality career with Hyatt Hotels Corporation.
Mr. Highfield is a graduate from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications.
He currently resides in Park City, Utah with his wife and their two children.
David Mars is the Resort Manager for Montage Deer Valley. In this role, he oversees the daily operation of all guest services departments for the 220 room property which opened in December, 2010.
David has an extensive background in the opening of luxury hotels, having opened the Resort at Pelican Hill in 2008 as Rooms Executive and, before that, opening the Signature at MGM Grand, Skylofts at the MGM Grand and the former Four Seasons Aviara. He also served as Hotel Manager for the Renaissance Las Vegas. Throughout his hotel management career, he has put particular emphasis on the delivering of exceptional service, in concert with the needs of luxury hotel guests. He also has a passion for inspiring leadership from hotel associates, necessary to deliver that level of service to guests. Raised in Golden, Colorado, David attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas hotel administration program and currently resides in Park City, Utah with his wife and two beautiful children.
Director of Sales & Marketing
As Director of Sales & Marketing for Montage Deer Valley®, Mr. Kurt Diekhoff leads sales efforts for this year-round mountain resort.
Prior to relocating to Park City, Utah, Mr. Diekhoff was National Sales Manager at Montage Laguna Beach and handled the Midwest and the national insurance and incentive markets. He was part of the pre-opening team at Montage Laguna Beach and spent seven years in that position.
Prior to joining Montage, Mr. Diekhoff was Sales Manager for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company and Midwest Regional Sales Manager for The Westin Resort St. John Resort and Villas in the Virgin Islands. He began his career as Sales Manager at the Hyatt Regency Kauai Resort & Spa in Hawaii. Mr. Diekhoff is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University. His industry affiliations include The Society of Incentive & Travel Executives (SITE), Financial & Insurance Conference Planners (FICP) and Meeting Professionals International (MPI).
Director of Engineering
Andrew Godaire attended the University of Massachusetts/Dartmouth where he studied mechanical engineering. A ski trip to Park City in 2005 was his first introduction to ‘The Greatest Snow on Earth.’ He ultimately took a position with The Canyons Resort where he was responsible for implementing the 4000-acre property’s computerized maintenance management system. Upon completion of that project, he opened both Escala Lodges and Sunrise as Maintenance Manager before transferring to the Grand Summit Hotel, the largest of The Canyons’ properties.
In 2010, Andrew accepted the position of Chief Engineer at Montage Deer Valley in preparation for its grand opening. In this role, he managed the day to day operations of the 22-member engineering team. He was named Director of Engineering for Montage Deer Valley in July 2011.
Director of Finance
William Dvoranchik joined the Montage Deer Valley as Director of Finance after spending eight years with Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch in Colorado. A graduate of Duke University he has spent the last ten years in the Finance world with luxury ski resorts. He lives in the Trailside, Utah area with his wife and three beautiful children.
Director of Human Resources
Linda began her career in Human Resources locally at Park City Mountain Resort. Spending 8 years in various HR roles, including the resorts Recruiting and Training Manager. In 2010 Linda assumed the position as Human Resources Manager for Skullcandy Inc, where she built the HR team from the ground up. Career highlights include involvement in Skullcandy’s IPO and playing an integral role in the company’s phenomenal growth. She joined the Montage Deer Valley team in 2012
Linda graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Natural Resources, Recreation and Tourism, with a concentration in Commercial Tourism. Prior to her career in HR she pursued her passion for the ocean and worked for the Jean-Michel Cousteau Ocean Futures organization on Catalina Island, CA. Linda loves the Utah mountains – skiing, hiking snowshoeing and mountain biking – and has called Park City home for over ten years.
Shana Ominsky is the Spa Director at Montage Deer Valley where she oversees the Spa’s holistic approach to wellness, addressing the specific needs of the body, skin, hair, nails, fitness, diet and life goals to achieve better balance.
Surrounded by clear air and awe-inspiring views, Spa Montage Deer Valley is an alpine oasis. Several products are created in Utah, including Spa Montage Deer Valley Aspen Bark and Bee Propolis Restorative Gel. Utah is known as the “Beehive State” and local ingredients are incorporated into the Spa products.
Shana began her spa career at the Peninsula New York and served as spa director at Turtle Bay (Oahu, Hawaii), Claremont Resort Spa (Berkeley, California), Barton Creek Resort and Spa (Austin Texas) and Bacara Resort and Spa (Santa Barbara, California).
Director of Residential Operations
Mr. Chinan Tao is the Director of Residential Operations for Montage Deer Valley. In this position, Chinan oversees and conducts operations for each of the 81 residences. This includes assisting with residential sales, homeowners’ associations, and integration with all resort operations.
Chinan has an extensive history with Montage Hotels & Resorts stretching back to 2002 when he joined the company during pre-opening at Montage Laguna Beach. During his time at Montage Laguna Beach, Chinan served as Director of Housekeeping, Front Office Manager, Director of Rooms, and Director of Performance Excellence. He has since then assisted with the opening of Montage Beverly Hills, Montage Deer Valley, and most recently Montage Kapalua Bay.
Chinan has exceptional talent and skill in project management and the opening of hotels. He is extremely passionate about process improvement. Most recently, Chinan headed a special assignment with Montage where he managed and re-purposed several residential and commercial properties in Henderson, Nevada.
Prior to joining Montage, Chinan held various positions with the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Starwood Hotels & Resorts and the Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. Chinan is a graduate from The University of Hawaii with a Bachelor of Science degree in Travel Industry Management. He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt