DESTIN, FL, Sept. 12, 2012 /CNW/ - Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort today
announced the appointment of Mark Hodgdon as General Manager, and Ron
Carnes as Director of Engineering.
Mark Hodgdon joins Sandestin as General Manager with more than 30 years
of hospitality experience, including management of some of North
America's leading properties and destinations. He has a strong
commitment to operational excellence, customer service and to the staff
who help achieve those important benchmarks.
Hodgdon's impressive hospitality background includes leadership at Del
Mar Development at Villas Del Mar, where he oversaw operations and
property management for five star resort communities in Los Cabos,
Mexico. He was managing director of The Grand America Hotel, a
775-room luxury hotel in Salt Lake City that was the headquarters hotel
for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. Hodgdon was also general manager at
The Phoenician in Scottsdale, Arizona, a five-star property that led in
22 company service categories.
His past experience also includes positions as vice president and
general manager at The Ritz-Carlton, Huntington Hotel & Spa in
Pasadena, California, where he was involved in the design and
development of a new spa and major hotel renovation.
Hodgdon also served as general manager at the Loews Ventana Canyon
Resort in Tucson, Arizona and as well as at the Grand Wailea Resort, Hotel & Spa, a five diamond resort in Hawaii. He
was previously executive assistant manager for the Ritz-Carlton Hotel
Company, during which time he was at the Ritz Carlton Buckhead and the
Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel. He began his career with Hyatt Hotels
Corporation, serving as a manager in various aspects of the rooms
division including front office and housekeeping.
Hodgdon has a bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts at
Amherst, and has served on a variety of boards for community and
In related news, Ron Carnes joins Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort as
Director of Engineering with more than 18 years of experience in the
Carnes' impressive hospitality background includes management of
operations and maintenance at ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals,
located in Northwest Florida. Carnes is also a licensed Community
Association Manager (CAM) in the State of Florida. With his commitment
to employees and customer satisfaction, Carnes specializes in
maintenance, housekeeping operations, rental operations, rental
reservations and front office operations.
Prior to entering the hospitality industry, Carnes served more than 14
years in the United States Air Force where he served as an Operations
Systems Management Specialist overseeing flight schedules and training
for aircrew members.
Carnes has received several honors and awards including employee of the
quarter in 2003, 2007, 2009 and 2010 at ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation
Rentals. He resides in Fort Walton Beach with his wife Tracy and is a
proud grandfather of Jaycee and Hayley.
About Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort was named the #1 resort on Florida's
Emerald Coast and one of the best family beaches by iVillage. The
resort invites guests to a world of 2,400 acres and 30 charming
neighborhoods featuring 1,300 vacation rentals, condominiums, villas,
town homes and the best in Destin hotel accommodations. A member of
Visit South Walton and Visit Florida, the resort has more than seven
miles of beaches and pristine bay front. It also features four
championship golf courses, 15 world-class tennis courts, 19 swimming
pools, a 113-slip marina, a fitness center and spa, meeting space and
The Village of Baytowne Wharf, a pedestrian village with shopping,
dining and nightlife. Call 1-866-91-BEACH or visit sandestin.com for
Guests and prospective guests are invited to download Sandestin's APP
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SOURCE: Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
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