CAREFREE, Ariz.

The Boulders Resort & Spa announced the appointment of Sally Shaffer as general manager. In her new role, Shaffer will oversee all operations at the resort.

“Sally is a seasoned hospitality leader with extensive operational and management capabilities. We are confident that her leadership and professionalism will provide the highest level of guest experiences,” said Hakan Saracoglu, regional vice president-Columbia Sussex Corporation.

With 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Shaffer joins the Boulders Resort from the Hilton Phoenix Airport where she served as general manager. Previously, she held the general manager position at the Hilton Sonoma Wine Country Hotel. She was also the President of the Santa Rosa Convention & Visitors Board and served as an Executive Board Member for the Sonoma County Tourism Authority.

Earlier, she held the position of area general manager at the Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale and the Mesa Marriott Residence Inn for nine years. There she was recognized as “General Manager of the Year” for demonstrating outstanding leadership, professionalism and memorable contributions to the community and the hospitality industry.” Prior to that, she was the director of rooms operations at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa and the JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, in Phoenix, for five years.

Shaffer began her career in 1982 with a variety of hospitality positions ranging from Revenue Manager to Director of Services for Marriott Hotels in South Bend, Ind., Philadelphia and Washington D.C. Her managerial qualities were further acknowledged by Marriott International and she was later appointed general manager of the Residence Inn in downtown Chicago. She also served as the multi-property general manager for two Marriott Courtyard hotels in Chicago.

Shaffer has been an active Board Member for the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau; on the Board of Directors for the Scottsdale Downtown Partnership Group and she was an Elected Official for Enhanced Municipal Service District of Scottsdale and the Tourism Development Commission of Scottsdale.

The Boulders features 160 guest casitas and 61 one-, two- and three-bedroom villas, five restaurants and a lounge, two championship Jay Morrish-designed golf courses, eight tennis courts, a full-service spa and more than 50,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor function space.