Carefree Resorts

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About The Project

When Carefree Resorts set out to open The Buttes Resort in Tempe, Arizona, they hired Patton Asset Management CEO Michael Gildersleeve as the Executive Chef and tasked him with opening the resort’s two fine dining restaurants and conference center. Learn how he helped jumpstart their award-winning culinary program and grow Carefree Resorts' other properties over the next 17 years.

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"More than 30 years ago, Michael Gildersleeve came to us with fresh insights and unwavering enthusiasm. Applying his skills, creativity, and uncompromised integrity as the opening Executive Chef of The Buttes Resort and Top of the Rock, he was a major part in making the resort and its F&B operations cutting edge in its time. Now, with more than three decades of hospitality experience and a keen insight into the Arizona market, he's truly an industry leader and trusted resource.”
- Michael T. Surguine, VP & Managing Director of Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa


  • Executive Chef
  • Kitchen Design, Menu Writing, and Culinary Build-Out
  • Hiring and Training
  • Restaurant Concept and Brand Development
  • Management Before, During, and After Opening
  • Renewed Culinary Experience

Quick Facts


Arizona, California, and Colorado

Project Type

Luxury resorts and golf properties


The Boulders Resort
The Peaks at Telluride
Camel Valley Ranch
The Buttes Resort
The Lodge at Ventana Canyon


Patriot American Hospitality, Inc. acquired Carefree Resorts in January 1997