Operations manager hired at luxury guest ranch

James McKenzie has joined Kessler Canyon as the new operations manager of the 23,000-acre luxury guest ranch near DeBeque.

McKenzie will oversee ranch logistics, prepare budgets and implement programs. He brings to his duties experience as a wildlife guide and outfitter for a private hunting lodge in Florida as well as a gunsmith and certified firearms instructor. He served in the Navy for more than 20 years.

“With an extremely impressive background in management, group coordination and years of experience as a hunting guide, McKenzie brings more than proficiency. He brings an unparalleled passion for wildlife to Kessler Canyon, and we’re thrilled to have him as operations manager,” said Richard Kessler, chairman and chief executive officer of the Kessler Collection.

Kessler Canyon offers luxury accommodations, gourmet cuisine and such outdoor activities as fly fishing and big game hunting. For more information, call 283-1145 or visit www.kesslercanyon.com.