Friday June 7, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM EDT
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The National Sporting Library and Museum 
102 The Plains Road
Middleburg, VA 20117

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Robin Morrison 
ACS Inc 

VDDA Hot Topic Luncheon

Friday, June 7, 2013

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Middleburg, Virginia 


Come learn how to create great partnerships between your community and local attractions in order to drive your local economy.   Visit Middleburg’s world-class, 24,000-volume National Sporting Library & Museum that brings scholars and visitors from around the world. Then join Salamander Resorts & Hotels President Prem Devadas for a pre-opening tour of their newest luxury resort, the $100 million-plus Salamander Resort & Spa.  The company, founded by noted entrepreneur and philanthropist Sheila C. Johnson, owns, manages, and develops hotels, resorts and inns in the U.S. and abroad that reflect the authenticity and character of their local community.

Set amid 340 acres in Loudoun County’s lush wine and horse country, the Salamander Resort and Spa was named by Forbes magazine as one of the Top 20 Most Anticipated Hotel Openings in the world in 2013.  Mr. Devadas will share his experience integrating resorts with local communities around the world and maximizing their impacts on local downtowns.   Town Administrator, Martha Mason Semmes, will also share the Town’s strategy to help its existing business community leverage the success of such attractions.


10:00 am - 11:00 am                   Tour of The National Sporting Library & Museum

11:00 am - 11:30 am                   Registration / Network Time

11:30 am - 12:00 pm                    Lunch

12:00 pm - 12:15 pm                   Welcome from VDDA Representative

                                                         Mayor Betsy Davis and Town Administrator Martha Semmes

12:15 pm - 12:40 pm                   The National Sporting Library & Museum

                                                         Melanie Mathewes, Executive Director

12:40 pm - 1:10 pm                     The Salamander Resort & Spa

                                                         Prem Davadas, President of Salamander Hospitality

1:15 pm - 2:00 pm                        Tour of The Salamander Resort & Spa (Group 1)

                                                          Attendees can leave from Resort. (limited to 25)


2:00 pm - 2:45 pm                        Tour of The Salamander Resort & Spa (Group 2, if needed)