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Ramon Villegas Named GM of Whitney Peak Hotel

May 19, 2020

RENO, Nevada (May 11, 2021) – Whitney Peak Hotel has named hospitality industry veteran Ramon Villegas as its new General Manager. Villegas, who previously served as the property’s Director of Operations, will take over for Eric Olson as of June 3, 2021. Olson was one of the original executives that helped open the hotel in May 2014 and had served as General Manager for the property since 2016.


Ramon Villegas

Also joining Villegas in a new leadership role is Lindsay LaFleur, promoted from Office Manager to Assistant General Manager. LaFleur joined the team in 2015 as an Accounting Manager before being promoted to Office Manager, with oversight of all accounting and human resources functions for the hotel.


Lindsay LaFleur

“Both Ramon and Lindsay bring a stability of leadership and long-term commitment to the hotel and the Reno community that will serve as a rock-solid foundation going forward,” said Niki Gross, Managing Director for Whitney Peak Hotel.

She added: “While we are sad to lose Eric as he pivots into a new career, we wish him every success. We are deeply indebted to him for his work shepherding the hotel through its early years of growth and especially during the last 14 months following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.”


Prior to joining the Whitney Peak team, Villegas served as Director of Restaurants at the Stowe Mountain Lodge and the Food and Beverage Director of the historic Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown, Massachusetts. His regional experience includes seven years as Director of Food Services at the Resort at Squaw Creek, a Four-Diamond property in Lake Tahoe, California.


Prior to joining Whitney Peak, LaFleur served in accounting, administrative and office management roles for several private companies in the Reno-Sparks region over the last 10 years.


About Whitney Peak Hotel

Whitney Peak Hotel is downtown Reno’s premier non-gaming, non-smoking, full-service independent hotel. Whitney Peak features The Third Floor, comprising nearly 12,000 square feet of upscale, chic meeting and banquet space; Cargo Concert Hall, a state-of-the-art live music venue featuring indie rock, alternative, blues and country artists; BaseCamp, a 7,000-square-foot indoor bouldering park that is home to the world’s tallest exterior climbing wall; and Café Whitney, a full-service restaurant serving seasonally inspired, farm-fresh dishes seven days a week.


For more information on Whitney Peak Hotel, please call (775) 398-5400, or visit