With more than 35 years of experience in the hospitality industry, ranging from rooms division and food and beverage to sales, marketing and finance, Don Shindle brings a wealth of knowledge, strong leadership, and a passion for luxury hotel operations to his role as general manager of The Westin Verasa Napa.
Before moving with his family to Napa, Shindle pursued his hotel career throughout his native Canada. Before his current role at The Westin Verasa Napa, Shindle served dual roles as general manager and as regional vice president of Intrawest Hospitality Management (IHM), dividing his time among the company’s North American destination resorts.
Shindle is the recipient of the 2012 Napa Valley Community Award as the Outstanding Hospitality/Tourism Professional of the Year and the 2014 California Hotel & Lodging Association Outstanding General Manager of the Year for Medium-Sized Properties. Under his watch, The Westin Verasa Napa has been honored with the AAA Four Diamond Award each year since 2010, recognizing upscale facilities, attentive service, and a high standard of hospitality. Also, The Westin Verasa Napa won the Great Wine Capitals’ Napa Valley 2011 Best of Wine Tourism Award in Accommodations.
Since becoming a Napa resident, Shindle has immersed himself in the local community. Shindle was a former member on the Board of Directors of The Napa Chamber of Commerce for over six years. He is the Chairman of the Board for the NVTC, Chairman of the Napa Valley Lodging Association, and is also an Executive Member of the BOD for VNV and a Member of BOD for The Napa Valley Film Festival.