DESTIN, FL, Feb. 13, 2012 /CNW/ - The Destin Charity Wine Auction
Foundation, one of the top wine auction foundations in the country and
the largest non profit fundraising organization on Florida's Emerald
Coast, today named John Russell as President.
According to DCWAF Chair Jane Solomon, the organization is fortunate to
have someone of Russell's level of knowledge, leadership and experience
lead this impactful non profit group.
Russell succeeds Todd Vucovich, who has served as President of DCWAF for
nearly five years. "This year's wine auction and related events
promises to eclipse all previous years, a wonderful testament to Todd's
capable work and the direction of the DCWAF Board of Directors," said
Russell. "I am honored to be chosen to lead an organization dedicated
to raising funds to support children in need." Russell became a board
member of the Foundation in 2009 and has held the role of Chairman
Russell most recently served as President of Sandestin Investments, LLC,
and President of Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, the #1 resort in the
Destin area and Florida's Gulf Coast. During his tenure, he helped the
company increase occupancy and implement new service standards. He also
led the organization through the 2010 Deepwater horizon crisis and a
change in company ownership.
Prior to joining Sandestin, Russell was a partner in the West Paces
Hotel Group, a luxury hotel management company founded by legendary
hotelier Horst Schulze. While at West Paces Hotel Group, he worked on
numerous projects including the renovation of the Hotel at Auburn
University, the Daufuskie Island Resort and Breathe Spa, and the
Partridge Inn in Augusta.
Russell worked for nine years with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.
While with Ritz-Carlton he was the opening General Manager of the Ritz
Carlton San Juan, Puerto Rico, which was recognized as the "Best Hotel
in the Caribbean" in its first year of operation by Travel + Leisure magazine. He was promoted to open the Ritz-Carlton in New Orleans
where the hotel had the unusual distinction of earning the coveted AAA
five diamond award in its first year.
He received his bachelor's degree from the Pennsylvania State
University, and served as an instructor of hospitality finance at
Auburn University. Russell has served on the boards of the Walton Area
Chamber of Commerce, the Sandestin Homeowners Association, Walton Area
Chamber of Commerce and the Destin Wine Charity Auction Foundation.
About Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation
The Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation's (DCWAF) mission is to
connect wine enthusiasts to raise money for children in need. Founded
in 2005, DCWAF has donated more than $3.5 million to Emerald Coast
children's charities by hosting world-class wine and culinary events.
These funds have impacted the lives of more than 30,000 youth,
including those afflicted by health issues and abuse. Among the
organization's major events is the Wine and Dine in Paradise events
this April 26-29. Learn more at DCWAF.org or facebook.com/DCWAF.
SOURCE Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation
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