Meet the Team
James Gibson | President and CEO
James Gibson is a luxury hotelier with more than thirty years of vast and varied experience in the resort and private club industry. Gibson is coming to Garden of the Gods after an esteemed and successful six-and-a-half-year tenure as Vice President of Operations for Sea Island Resort, the world’s only resort with two Forbes Five Star hotels; a Forbes Five Star spa; the only Forbes Five Star restaurant in the state of Georgia; four PGA golf courses; and the exclusive private club, Ocean Forest.
In his role as President and CEO of Garden of the Gods, Gibson oversees all facets of the property, as well as support future growth of the organization, including: the expansion of new cottage and casita room inventory; expanded amenities and services; the evolved branding of Strata Integrated Wellness Spa; and the grand opening of Vermilion, a community of custom, onsite residences.
Scott Marble | Resort Manager
Scott Marble began his hospitality career 20 years ago at The Mirage in Las Vegas as a Guest Service Agent. A promotion to supervisor came within less than a year, then a promotion to Assistant Hotel Manager, and finally the Senior Assistant Front Office Manager where he oversaw a staff of 100 employees in a 3,044-room casino hotel.
With an opportunity from Cheyenne Mountain Resort in 1999, Scott moved to Colorado Springs with his wife, Holly (Mauro), a native of Colorado Springs and former principal ballerina with Nevada Ballet Theatre. Scott served as Front Office Manager working to attain the property’s first AAA Four Diamond Award and its continuation through 2015. Promoted to Director of Revenue Management & Individual Travel in 2005, he played a key role in developing systems to reposition this conference center hotel into new markets.
He was promoted to Director of Rooms in 2008 and helped the property earn its recognition as “Best Companies to Work for in Colorado” as well as oversee an $8 million room renovation. Named Benchmark Resorts & Hotels Revenue Manager of the Year in 2007, he was also Colorado Hotel & Lodging’s Sales Manager of the Year in 2006, and Colorado Springs Visitor and Convention Bureau Manager of the Year in 2005. Born and raised in New Hampshire, Scott holds a bachelor of science degree in Hospitality Management from the University of New Hampshire.
Dan Daughtry | Vice President of Restaurants, Bars and Events
Dan Daughtry began his career in the Hospitality Industry after graduating from Washington State University with a degree in hotel and restaurant administration, and has worked in food and beverage leadership roles for more than 25 years, including 19 years of service as a director of food and beverage at many illustrious hotels and resorts, as well as various four- and five-diamond resorts across the globe. Prior to joining Garden of the Gods Resort and Club, Daughtry most recently served as the senior director of food and beverage at the Edgewood Tahoe Resort in Lake Tahoe, Nev. During his time there, he oversaw eight food and beverage outlets for guests and members, along with more than 100,000 square feet of event space. Before that, Daughtry held the role of director of food and beverage for the Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder Resort in New Mexico, where he grew annual food and beverage revenues, as well as re-conceptualized and renovated a number of their restaurants. In his new position, Daughtry will utilize his extensive background in hospitality to lead the resort’s food and beverage team and all of their operations. Daughtry began his role on April 16 and is in the process of moving his wife, Ginger, and his three children to Colorado Springs.
Pat Cone | Director of Membership & Special Projects
Pat Cone joins us after her position as Special Projects Director for KOAA-TV. She began her career in broadcasting in 1987 as assistant to the General Manager. She held the role of Special Projects/Community Affairs Director since 2002 and had previously been sales assistant and administrative assistant to the General Manager. Pat has been an integral part of our community for many years. She was named the 2006 Broadcast Citizen of the Year by the Colorado Broadcasters Association, Girl Scouts Woman of Distinction, American Cancer Society Volunteer of the Year and American Heart Association Pulse Award winner. Currently, she serves as President of Artemis, on the Discover Goodwill Board of Directors and on Parkview Medical Center Board of Directors, as well as volunteers for several nonprofit organizations. She has worked with the senior management of all southern Colorado area hospitals, the City of Colorado Springs and the City of Pueblo, the Pikes Peak Center, UCCS, the Denver Broncos, the Colorado Rockies and Governor Hickenlooper. Pat is married to Tom Cone, a local commercial real estate broker and developer.
Lee Reijgers | Director of Sales
Lee is proud to call Colorado Springs home after moving here from St. Louis, Missouri, in 1994. A graduate of UCCS with a B.A. in International Business, Lee has always looked to hospitality as his career. He dedicated 19 years at Cheyenne Mountain Resort with the last 14 years building upon his sales skills, and worked his way up from Business Development Specialist to Director of Group Sales in August 2014. Lee then spent 10 months developing the construction and pre-opening sales and marketing efforts for the 48-room Lodge and Villas at Flying Horse. Lee and his wife Jessica have two daughters, Mikayla and Kinsley.
Monica Smiley | Director of Marketing
Monica is a marketing executive who loves to make real connections with guests and nurture relationships with influencers via social media. She thinks of herself as an engaged communicator with both creative and analytic capabilities. She has experience running successful multi-platform campaigns, creating month-end reporting that offers real insights and growing online reach through a mixture of organic and paid marketing efforts. Monica worked for Benchmark Hospitality for 16 years, including five years’ experience as Director of Sales and Marketing for the celebrity-owned Costa d’Este Beach Resort in Vero Beach, Florida. She also worked for two years as a Regional Marketing Manager based in Orlando, where her responsibilities included both property-specific marketing needs for Forbes Four Star Villas of Grand Cypress Golf Resort as well as cooperative initiatives for five additional luxury resorts in Florida and the Caribbean.
Rich Parker, PGA Certified Head Golf Professional | Director of Golf
Rich Parker comes to us from Rocky Mount, North Carolina, where he was the Head Golf Professional at Benvenue Country Club for the past 15 years. Along with substantial professional golf management experience, he brings great enthusiasm and vision to our operation and tournament programs. Rich and his wife Beth have three children: Meredith, John and Andrew.
Scott Leifer, USPTA Elite Tennis Professional & PPR Pickleball Professional | Director of Tennis
Scott Leifer started playing tennis at the age of seven and loves to share his passion for tennis with all the children and adults he coaches. He comes to us from the Country Club of Colorado. Scott is a stroke technician and relies on coaching mental toughness. He has molded many junior players into strong athletes and successful college students, and his life lessons turn them into great individuals who thrive in whatever endeavor they choose. These skills make him a fantastic asset to The Club and member tennis programs. Scott is happily married to his wife, Shannon, and is a father to three children: Savannah, Samson and Scarlet. He also has two dogs, Solo and Sylvie.