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Irvine Company Appoints Robert Marusi Director of Sales & Marketing for The Resort at Pelican Hill

NEWPORT BEACH, CA. September 11, 2017 – The Resort at Pelican Hill® today announced the appointment of Robert Marusi as director of sales and marketing, overseeing leisure travel sales, group meetings business and Villa luxury extended stay sales.

“With more than three decades of hospitality expertise, Robert brings a wealth of luxury hotel experience to Pelican Hill, where we continually focus on delivering Five-Star service to our leisure guests and group clientele,” said Pelican Hill Managing Director Tom Donovan. “Robert’s sales leadership will take us forward into the Resort’s ninth year of creating inspiring and memorable guest experiences along the coast of Newport Beach.”Marusi will lead the 504-acre coastal destination’s initiatives to welcome the world’s most discerning leisure travelers, as well as groups of 10 to 400 guests for meetings, incentives, conferences and special events. He will also guide sales strategy for the Resort’s Villa Luxury Extended Stay Program, which offers fully furnished and equipped multi-bedroom Villas for a variety of home transitions, including extended vacations, job relocation, home renovation, frequent business travel and more.

Prior to joining Pelican Hill, Marusi headed sales and marketing for the Fairmont Hamilton Princess, Bermuda. Previously, he held global sales account management and destination sales executive roles with Marriott International. His hospitality career began in restaurant food and beverage operations, including serving as restaurant director on the leadership team for the opening of the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel. Marusi holds a Bachelor of Economics from University of California, Santa Barbara.

About Pelican Hill®

Set on 504 acres by the Pacific Ocean in Newport Beach, The Resort at Pelican Hill® features: 128 two-, three-and four-bedroom villas with magnificent coastal views and an unparalleled array of appointments, immersing guests in the absolute finest of everything; 204 luxuriously appointed bungalow guest rooms and suites with private terraces; a rejuvenating Five-Star spa with a menu of the world’s most celebrated therapies; world-class restaurants, including Andrea serving authentic Northern Italian cuisine; an iconic “Coliseum Pool,” one of the largest circular pools anywhere with tiered decks and luxurious cabanas; and Pelican Hill Golf Club with 36 dramatic holes by Tom Fazio, nearly all with ocean panoramas. A Five-Star, Five-Diamond destination, Pelican Hill has earned acclaim as the 2012 Grand Resort selected by Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report; as Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards Top Southern California Resort (2013 & 2012), Top U.S. Resort (2011), Top-Rated Golf Resort Worldwide (2012) and Top-Rated California Resort Spa (2012); in Travel + Leisure’s "Top 100" World's Best Hotels (2015 Readers’ Poll); in Golf Magazine’s Premier Resorts 2016-2017; and with two courses ranked among Golf Digest's America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses (2015). The Irvine Company Resort Properties® owns and manages the finest resort and leisure destinations in Newport Coast and the City of Irvine. In addition to Pelican Hill, the portfolio known as the Coastal Collection includes the Island Hotel Newport Beach, the city’s landmark property; Hotel Irvine, a lifestyle hotel; Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine, featuring a challenging, Tom Fazio-designed public golf course; and California Recreation Company®, which operates the finest marinas in Newport Harbor and Northern California.

About Irvine Company

Irvine Company is a diversified, privately held real-estate investment company and master-planner—highly respected for its stewardship and master planning of The Irvine Ranch in Orange County, Calif. With operations throughout coastal California, Irvine Company plans and brings to life balanced, sustainable communities with a full range of housing, job and retail centers, schools, recreation, and permanently preserved open space. Irvine Company is committed to long-term ownership and management of a high-quality portfolio—the breadth and quality of which is unmatched in the industry—with each individual property positioned at the top of its class. As a steward of some of America’s most beautiful and scientifically important open space and parklands, the company has donated nearly 60 percent of the historic 93,000-acre Irvine Ranch—57,000 acres—to permanently preserve these lands. The company traces its roots to the 1860s with the formation of The Irvine Ranch from Mexican and Spanish land grants.

Contact:
Kate Starr
kstarr@pelicanhill.com
949.467.6833

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