Lee Reijgers
Director of Sales
Lee is proud to call Colorado Springs home after moving here from St. Louis, MO., 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 upon his departure in August 2014, as Director of Group Sales. 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, and a Yorkie, Bella.
John Kerr, III
Catering Manager
John began his career in the hospitality industry in 1996, working his way through a multiplicity of positions both in and out of the guests view. With this background in food & beverage, John began planning events in 2006 and joined the Garden of the Gods Team in Late 2014. A member of the Association of Bridal Consultants, National Association of Catering Executives, and International Special Events Society; John rarely misses an opportunity to build something amazing. John is committed to making that one special day a reality for everyone he serves. Weddings, B'nai mitzvahs, club dinners and corporate outings, don't ever be afraid to dream big. John recently received the Wedding MBA from Wedding Merchants Business Academy. Your Story Begins Here.
Karen Plaskie
Conference Services Manager
Karen grew up in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and moved to Colorado Springs over 10 years ago. She volunteers with the Chamber of Commerce as an Ambassador and also with the Rising Young Professionals. Before joining the Garden of the Gods Club team in 2007 she worked at Cheyenne Canon Inn for eight years. When she has spare time, she loves to mountain bike, hike, participate in other various sports, and watch football.
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 5 years’ experience as Director of Sales and Marketing for celebrity owned Costa d’Este Beach Resort in Vero Beach Florida and 2 years as a Regional Marketing Manager based in Orlando Florida where responsibilities included both property specific marketing needs for Forbes Four Star Villas of Grand Cypress Golf Resort as well as cooperative initiatives for 5 additional luxury resorts in Florida and the Caribbean.