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JoAnn Lenhardt Appointed General Manager at Lake Austin Spa Resort


Lake Austin Spa Resort has announced the appointment of JoAnn Lenhardt as general manager of the 40-room award-winning destination spa in Austin, TX. Lenhardt brings more than 20 years of experience as an operations professional to the role.

As GM, Lenhardt will oversee all aspects of resort operations as well as the 25,000-square-foot LakeHouse Spa. 

She brings a passion for innovation and a track record of bringing tenacious new ideas to the table while also creating an environment of mutual respect and trust between her and her team members.

Lenhardt has been recognized in Women Who Mean Business by West Hawaii Today and Women on the Rise in 2018. She has served on committees, including the Marriott Beverage Council and Fairmont Beverage Council.  She has also received multiple Leader Off The Quarter Awards and Chair of both the Restaurant Council and Culinary Talent Council, and she attended Thomas Nelson Community College and was Green Belt Certified through the Graduate Emerging Leader program. 

Lenhardt also brings extensive experience across all facets of hotel operations from sales to front desk and food and beverage concepts. Most recently, she served as director of operations at the Fairmont Mission Inn & Spa with Accor Hotels. Prior to that, she worked with Marriott International for 14 years. As both the director of operations and general manager, she was responsible for transitioning the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa to Marriott systems, protocols, and culture.

“JoAnn’s experience across the multiple moving parts of a hotel paired with her dynamic ability to bring a team together to ideate and implement innovative new ideas will make her a huge asset to the team,” says Mike McAdams, co-owner of Lake Austin Spa Resort. “We look forward to seeing how her leadership further enhances the experience for our guests, who have come to expect excellence from our property.” 

Recently renovated, the spa resort on the shores of Lake Austin in the scenic Texas Hill Country, features stylish interiors, an on-site organic garden that provides ingredients for deliciously healthy spa cuisine, as well as local- and global-inspired spa services in the LakeHouse Spa, up to 20 fitness classes and activities daily, and a welcoming environment that prompts rejuvenation and relaxation. 

About The Author

Julie is the co-founder of Well Defined and a longtime influencer and advocate in the wellness world. Along with her work at Well Defined, she is an executive recruiter and marketing specialist for Hutchinson Consulting. She is also a consultant and content strategist for numerous wellness brands. She is the former editor-in-chief and publisher of American Spa and was named a 2019 Folio Top Woman in Media in the Industry Trailblazers category and a 2018 winner of ISPA’s Innovate Award. She is also a seasoned journalist, specializing in spa, travel, health, fitness, wellness, sustainability, and beauty. She has been published in Departures,, E! Online,, Insider’s Guide to Spas, Luxury Travel Advisor, Marin Magazine, Ocean Home, Smart Meetings, Spa Asia, and Travel Agent.