Appointments & Promotions

Montage Palmetto Bluff Appoints Alex Gregory Director of Sales & Marketing and Ben Campsey Director of Finance

BLUFFTON, S.C. November 8, 2017 - Montage Palmetto Bluff announced two executive-level appointments; Alex Gregory as director of sales & marketing and Ben Campsey as director of finance. Both appointees bring over 15 years of experience and performance excellence to their respective roles.

"I am delighted to welcome Alex and Ben, two highly qualified individuals, to Montage Palmetto Bluff," said Marcus Jackson, general manager of Montage Palmetto Bluff. "Alex and Ben's extensive knowledge and experience within the hospitality industry will be valuable as we continue to further enhance the resort's day-to-day performance."

Alex Gregory - Director of Sales & Marketing

As director of sales & marketing, Gregory is responsible for developing and maximizing strategies to provide optimum revenue streams for all of the resort's departments. In his role, Gregory provides training, support and guidance to members of the resort sales team to boost individual talents and booking potential.

Gregory joined Montage Palmetto Bluff from The Omni Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia, where he was director of sales & marketing. Preceding his time in Virginia, Gregory has held director of sales & marketing positions at a number of luxury resorts, including: Sea Island Resort in Georgia; Royal Palms Resort & Spa in Arizona; and Wild Dunes Resort in South Carolina.

Gregory earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia.

Ben Campsey - Director of Finance

In his role as director of finance, Campsey oversees and directs all financial operations for Montage Palmetto Bluff. Campsey is responsible for developing short- and long-term reports, including financial forecasts, checkbook accounting and payroll variance. He also maintains accounting and administrative policies and procedures for a wide-ranging set of activities including financial accounting and reporting and employee relations.

Campsey joined Montage Palmetto Bluff from Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, Pennsylvania, where he was chief financial officer. Previously, Campsey was the executive financial officer and executive vice president at Hilton Head Health in South Carolina; director of finance at The Umstead Hotel and Spa in North Carolina; and served various roles at Canyon Ranch Health Resorts in the company's finance department.

Campsey earned a Bachelor of Arts in accounting from the University of Arizona and a Master of Business Administration from Eller School of Management, University of Arizona. Campsey is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Hospitality Accounting Executive.

About Montage Palmetto Bluff

Montage Palmetto Bluff is located within Palmetto Bluff's 20,000 acres in the historic community of Bluffton, South Carolina. The resort offers 200 guest accommodations in the form of spacious cottages, guest rooms and suites that reflect pampered luxury in an exceptional Lowcountry setting. The resort features six innovative dining outlets; a 13,000-sq. ft. Spa Montage; recreation amenities and activities including The May River Golf Club, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Course; and 16,000-sq. ft. of flexible meeting and event space. For more information or to make a reservation, please visit www.montagehotels.com/palmettobluff.

About Montage Hotels & Resorts

Montage Hotels & Resorts is a hospitality management company founded by Alan J. Fuerstman. Designed to serve the ultra-luxury traveler and homeowner, the company features an artistic collection of distinctive hotels, resorts and residences in stunning settings that offer comfortable elegance, a unique sense of place and spirit, impeccable hospitality and memorable culinary, spa and lifestyle experiences. The portfolio of hotels, resorts and residences include: Montage Laguna Beach, Montage Beverly Hills, Montage Deer Valley, Montage Kapalua Bay, Montage Palmetto Bluff, and opening in 2018, Montage Los Cabos. Montage Hotels & Resorts is a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts. For more information, follow @montagehotels or visit www.montagehotels.com.

Christine Wrobel
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