Rod Lapasin, New General Manager at Salish LodgeSalish Lodge & Spa has announced the appointment of Rod Lapasin as general manager. Lapasin brings more than 32 years of hospitality experience to the position and in his new role, will oversee the daily operations of the lodge.

Prior to joining the Salish Lodge & Spa, Lapasin most recently acted as director of catering and conference services at The Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle, Wash. As a member of the executive team, Lapasin held several senior leadership positions throughout his more than 20 year tenure at the hotel, leading the strategic catering direction of the property’s multi-million dollar food and beverage operation.

“I feel very fortunate to join such a talented and dedicated team of hospitality professionals at the spectacular Salish Lodge & Spa,” said Lapasin. “I look forward to the respectful stewardship of this Washington state treasure, and to the future of surprises and enhancements in store.”

Bret Matteson, president of Columbia Hospitality, added, “as a seasoned veteran of the hospitality industry, Rod will be an exemplary representative of the Salish Lodge & Spa. His work experience and passion for achievement will be a great asset to the lodge.”

Lapasin began his hospitality career with Hyatt Hotels in 1979, and joined Four Seasons Hotels in 1986 at the former Olympic Hotel. He transitioned back to the property when Fairmont Hotels & Resorts assumed management in 2004 and renamed the property The Fairmont Olympic Hotel.  A Seattle native, Lapasin resides in Bellevue, Washington along with his wife Gail, their two college-aged children and beloved Labrador retriever.

About Salish Lodge & Spa

Consistently ranked among the best small resorts in the world, the AAA Four Diamond Salish Lodge & Spa overlooks the 268-foot Snoqualmie Falls. This iconic Pacific Northwest lodge offers regionally-inspired treatments at the world-renowned spa, indigenous Northwest cuisine in The Dining Room, an award-winning wine list and a variety of recreational activities. Nestled in Washington’s picturesque Cascade Mountains, each of its 89 recently renovated guest rooms has a wood-burning fireplace, two-person whirlpool tub, goose-down comforter, feather bed and balcony or window seat. The resort is located 30 minutes east of downtown Seattle and within 40 minutes from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Salish Lodge & Spa is managed and operated by Seattle-based Columbia Hospitality, Inc. For more information or reservations, please call 800-2-SALISH or visit      

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