The Lodge at Old Kinderhook has hired Lance Utley as its new director of sales. Utley began his career in hospitality/ tourism in 1993 as a bellman for Henry VIII Hotel in St. Louis, MO, before moving to the Lake of the Ozarks in 1997. There he began a career in hotel and hospitality sales at several Lake Area properties including Marina Bay, Holiday Inn Sunspree, Grand Glaize, and Country Club Hotel. He also helped open The Resort and Yacht Club (now Camden on the Lake). Utley has represented the Lake Area in many different trade organizations, and in the last six years has served as both Miller and Camden County medium representative to the board of the Tri-County Lodging Association. He was appointed to the board of directors of The Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, which he has served as president. Utley has also worked as director of member services for the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitor’s Bureau for the past two years.