Resorts West Announces Exceptional Management Team

Stateline, NV…Resorts West, the manager of the Ridge Tahoe Resorts holds the prestigious Premier Resort designation for Interval International properties and has been a leader in the vacation ownership industry since 1982. Founding partners for more than 35 years, attribute that reputation to a company philosophy that develops and builds long term loyalty among its senior management and staff.

“We’ve established a culture that inspires longevity and promotion from within our Resorts West family,” said Lex Adams, chief executive officer who’s been with the company since 1982. “The guiding principle from day one has stressed quality operations throughout all our companies. That charge has been led by an exemplary executive group of industry veterans and a staff of team members empowered to make decisions to provide consistently dependable service for the comfort of our guests.”

Overlooking the Carson Valley, The Ridge Tahoe, an 11-acre owner-membership hotel-resort, features 302-units of deluxe hotel rooms, junior suites, one and two-bedroom condominium suites and year-round vacation rentals. A complimentary health club, indoor sports complex, indoor/outdoor swimming pools and Jacuzzis, restaurants, market, full service spa are all on-site. Resorts West is the management company for The Ridge Tahoe.

Sam Slack has been named the chief operating executive for both Resorts West and Resorts Investment Capital. A hospitality veteran with 33 years of resort, real estate and executive leadership experience, Slack, 58, plays a vital leadership role on-site overseeing all aspects of both companies and is currently the broker for Resorts West. He joined Resorts West in 1988 as assistant resort manager for several operational departments and has held progressively expanded positions with the company including director of operations, vice president, and senior vice president and general manager prior to his current duties. Slack graduated with a master degree in Physical Education from Northern Arizona University in 1985.

Steven Wilhite, 62, president of Resort Investment Capital, manages all sales and marketing aspects of the Resorts West Vacation Club memberships, and serves as project broker for the company. Wilhite’s real estate career began with Century 21, after graduating from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1978. Wilhite moved to Lake Tahoe and became senior vice president of sales and marketing for The Ridge Tahoe resort, resulting in a complete sell-out of all vacation ownership condominiums in 1999. The Vacation Club was established in 2008 and Wilhite continues to lead and work directly with the owners and members of the club to provide memorable travel experiences.

Kathleen Shoda, vice president and recently appointed general manager for Resorts West, is responsible for the day-to-day operations of The Ridge Resorts and the on-site Resorts West profit centers. Shoda, 59, joined the company in 2013 with responsibility for all guest services and advanced from assistant resort manager through director of operations to her current role. Shoda came to Lake Tahoe in 1994 with executive level experience and held management positions at Paradise Timeshare Resale, Americana Vacation Club and Stardust Vacation Club before joining Resorts West. She currently sits on the Tahoe Village Homeowners Association Board of Directors.

Career opportunities for team members in various Resorts West positions are currently available, including assistant resort manager, front desk staff, housekeeping, and Vacation Club sales associates. For information on becoming a team member and specific positions contact Vicky Cress, vice president of administrative service at 775-588-3553, ext. 6441 or email:

About The Ridge Tahoe

Resorts West is the management company for The Ridge Tahoe

The Ridge Tahoe is nestled at 7,600-feet in the Sierra Nevada at Lake Tahoe on the Nevada side near South Shore. This 11-acre owner-membership hotel-resort features 302-units of Deluxe Hotel Rooms, Junior Suites, One and Two Bedroom Condominium Suites and year-round vacation rentals. A complimentary health club, indoor sports complex, indoor/outdoor swimming pools and Jacuzzis, restaurant, deli, market, full service spa are all on-site. A complimentary shuttle service transports guests the six miles to downtown Lake Tahoe and the 24-hour attraction of Nevada style entertainment.