Indigo Road names director, outdoor experiences

The Indigo Road Hospitality Group (IRHG) has appointed Zach Girgenti as director, outdoor experiences. Working closely with Steve Palmer, the company’s founder/chief visionary officer, and Larry Spelts, president, IRHG’s Lodging & Lifestyle Adventures division, Girgenti is responsible for creating meaningful outdoor experiences for the guests at IRHG’s boutique hotels.

“The outdoors remind us to step back, slow down and appreciate the world around us,” Spelts said. “Nobody understands that better than Zach. An outdoorsman at heart, his appreciation for nature and adventurous spirit make him the right person for this newly created role, especially given his previous experience in operations as he will seamlessly blend his passion with his training. His relentless enthusiasm for sharing nature’s blessings with others is contagious.”

Before taking on his new role, Girgenti held the internal position of taskforce manager, where he traveled from property to property to provide support, training and guidance. Previously, he served as the general manager of O-Ku Sushi in Charlotte, NC, overseeing the restaurant’s day-to-day operations. Earlier, he served as an opener to open new restaurants, training new teammates and implementing helpful procedures for the teams. He began his career in hospitality as a server at O-Ku Sushi before moving on to Oak Steakhouse in the same position.

“Showing others the beauty of the outdoors and creating opportunities for them to connect with it on a deeper level is a responsibility I take seriously,” Girgenti said. “Whether it’s through hiking, camping or simply spending time in nature, I always strive to create outdoor experiences that inspire a love and appreciation for the great outdoors and encourage people to make it a part of their daily lives.”

Look for an interview with Larry Spelts in the March issue of Hotel Business.