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Sheila Johnson's Distinct And Expanding Company Has Re-Branded To Mark The 10-Year Anniversary Of Its Flagship Resort In Virginia

The Salamander Collection recently announced the evolution of its unique brand. Founded by renowned business leader Sheila Johnson, the distinct and expanding company has re-branded to mark the 10-year anniversary of its flagship resort in Virginia. 

On August 29, 2013, Johnson formally opened the long-awaited Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, Virginia, which is now called Salamander Middleburg under the fresh branding. Since opening, the resort has achieved both the Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond ratings, while the company has gone on to excel and specialize in a variety of aspects of hospitality management. Last year, the company added another branded property in the nation's capital: Salamander Washington DC, while this summer has seen the completion of the first homes in its inaugural branded residential project: Residences at Salamander Middleburg.

Formerly known as Salamander Hotels & Resorts, the Salamander Collection owns and operates seven properties in the US and Caribbean and has over 3,000 service professionals in its employ. In the past 12 months, the company added three iconic destinations into its growing portfolio and recently placed 12th on Travel + Leisure's "Favorite Hotel Brands" list, ranking ahead of several long-established luxury hotel companies. 

"Salamander represents much more than hotels and resorts; for the past decade, our unique culture of inclusion, kindness and warmth, has created a genuine sense of belonging, which is why Salamander Collection is an even more fitting name for our company," said Johnson, who this September will share intimate details about her voyage into hospitality with the release of her eagerly anticipated memoir: Walk Through Fire

Johnson's values of honesty, authenticity, respect, and passion have always provided the guiding direction for the Salamander Collection, applying in equal measures to the guests, employees, members and owners that Salamander serves. In addition to operating luxurious, distinctive and complex properties, the company also hosts numerous internationally recognized events like the Family Reunion, Middleburg Film Festival and the PGA TOUR's Valspar Championship. 

The new brand work, overseen by Salamander's Chief Marketing Officer Tracey Slavonia, was designed to harness Johnson's vision, forge brand pillars that reinforce Salamander's tenets and demonstrate the positive role the company plays in its surrounding communities. To help amplify the story, Slavonia's team created a clearer voice and distinct visual aesthetic. Both company and property websites have seen fresh and dynamic redesigns, while a new Salamander magazine was recently published and lauded for its visual appeal and journalistic approach. 

"At Salamander, we believe in forming lasting connections," said Slavonia. "At our core, we are not just another hospitality company; we are honest, passionate and believe in being gracious and kind to one another. As a result, more people are gravitating toward Salamander Collection. Feeling accepted is a distinct differentiator within our industry and we will continue to convey this compassionate philosophy through our new brand marketing and communications efforts."

Salamander's authentic and inclusive style of luxury has become a defining approach to hospitality in recent years. The company's unique collection of iconic properties in storied destinations includes Middleburg, Washington D.C., Charleston, Aspen, Tampa Bay, Jamaica and Anguilla.

About the Salamander Collection 

The Salamander Collection is privately owned and operated, and based in Middleburg, VA, just outside Washington, D.C. Founded by entrepreneur Sheila Johnson, Salamander has a unique hospitality approach that is welcoming, personal, and treats guests as if they are returning home. The collection features the Forbes Five-Star Salamander Middleburg, an equestrian-inspired property in the Virginia countryside; Salamander Washington DC, an elegant hotel located along the capital's vibrant Southwest waterfront; Half Moon, the storied resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica, featuring three distinct experiences including the acclaimed Eclipse; the newly renovated and reimagined Aurora Anguilla Resort & Golf Club, located along two miles of pristine beach on Rendezvous Bay, Anguilla; Aspen Meadows Resort, which features newly renovated Herbert Bayer-inspired accommodations and sweeping views on 40 beautiful acres in Aspen, CO.; Hotel Bennett, a spectacular grand hotel in Charleston, SC, overlooking the city's historic Marion Square; and Innisbrook Resort in the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area, which hosts the PGA TOUR's Valspar Championship each year on its famed Copperhead Course. .