Leslie is joining Old Edwards Inn as a Sales Manager with over 15 years of event and meeting planning experience. She has planned events in social, corporate, and academic settings, and finds the use of creativity and operational skills very gratifying. Originally from Winter Park, FL, Leslie received her Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University--making her a true Tallahassee Lassie and a big fan of the ACC. She enjoys throwing themed parties, cooking and creating new recipes, as well as her lifelong hobby of sewing.
Chandler was born in Georgetown, SC but moved to Rabun, GA at a young age. She joined Old Edwards Inn fresh out of high school in 2012 and worked in many areas including the Front Desk, Reservations, and Spa. After three years, she fell in love with the Front Office Manager, got married, packed her bags, and moved to Seattle. There, she enjoyed backpacking the Olympic Mountains, kayaking Puget Sound, and working as a Front Desk Agent and Auditor at the prestigious Fairmont Olympic Hotel. One year later, family called and Chandler and her husband made their way back to the east coast to Charleston, SC where she became the Evening Hotel Manager at the Planters Inn; South Carolina's only Relais & Chateaux property. In April 2018, the fresh mountain air drew them back to Highlands, NC where she fell into her dream of working in event sales back to the Old Edwards family.
Kyle W. Merritt
Kyle is a native of Savannah Georgia, where his family has been welcoming guests for generations and were instrumental in building the Hospitality Industry. In 2017, after working for more than a decade at some of the premier properties in the Low Country, he decided to bring his life-long passion of service to his beloved Highlands and Old Edwards Inn and Spa.
Sarah originally from Dublin, Georgia moved with her family to the Northeast Georgia Mountains in high school. After graduating high school, Sarah attended the University of North Georgia where she obtained her Bachelor's degree in Marketing. After graduation, Sarah found herself in the hospitality industry at The Dillard House and was quickly promoted to Sales Manager. After 4 years, Sarah made the move to Old Edwards Inn & Spa and has loved every minute since!
Assistant Reservations Manager
Amanda, originally from Florida, spent her early years vacationing to Highlands and has always considered it home. While studying Hospitality Management at Florida State, Amanda completed an internship at the Spa. After graduating, she joined the Spa team at Old Edwards full time, and quickly became the Spa Sales Coordinator. A few years later, Amanda graduated from the Manager in Training program, where she fell in love with Front Desk Operations. Amanda is currently the Assistant Reservations and Revenue Manager. When given the opportunity to work with the Spa and our wonderful brides once again, she was delighted!
Group Reservations Supervisor
Laura has a variety of talents within her skill set. This is, in part, due to studying a wide range of subjects-including travel & tourism and merchandising-before earning her degree in criminal justice. After moving back to Franklin with her family, Laura joined Old Edwards as a front desk agent. Her attention to detail made her a perfect candidate for the reservations department, which she helped establish in 2005. Laura has since branched out into helping with events and has earned the title of Group Reservations Supervisor. As such, she likes to put all of her efforts into making sure that every facet of an event's reservation process is taken into account, so that hosts (and their guests!) can relax and enjoy their experience at Old Edwards.