Intrawest Appoints John Russell as Senior Vice President Operations at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

    Industry Veteran to Oversee all Resort Operations at the Premier
    Destination Resort in Northwest Florida

    VANCOUVER, Jan. 19 /CNW/ - Intrawest ULC, a leader in the development and
management of experiential destination resorts, today announced the
appointment of John Russell to the position of Senior Vice President
Operations at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Destin, Florida. In this
position, Russell will be responsible for all aspects of Sandestin's resort
operations and he will also serve as the Regional Vice President, Intrawest
Hospitality Management for the Marriott Courtyard and Marriott Residence Inn,
both located at Sandestin, as well as Cottage Rental Agency in Seaside,
Florida. Russell will report directly to Brian Collins, President at
    Prior to joining Intrawest, Russell was a partner in The West Paces Hotel
Group, which was established in 2003. During his tenure he held several
executive level positions including Vice President and Managing Director at
The Daufuskie Island Resort and Breathe Spa in South Carolina (March 2006 to
present) and Vice President and General Manager at The Hotel at Auburn
University in Alabama (February 2003 to March 2006).
    Throughout his career, Russell has held General Manager positions at
seven different properties across two premier international hotel brands, the
Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, from 1994-2003, and the Hyatt Hotels Corporation,
from 1979-1994. During his nine year tenure with the Ritz-Carlton, he managed
several luxury hotels including properties in Virginia and the largest
Ritz-Carlton hotel operation in the U.S., located in New Orleans. Russell also
served as opening General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton in San Juan (Puerto
Rico), which was recognized as the "Best hotel in the Caribbean" by Travel and
Leisure magazine during its first year of operation.
    "Sandestin has a reputation as a premier destination resort in Northwest
Florida with a proud heritage and strong ties to the local community," said
Bill Jensen, chief executive officer at Intrawest. "John is an industry
veteran and he brings a wealth of industry knowledge and a solid background in
hotel and resort management in the southeastern United States and around the
world. Under John's leadership we will continue to deliver unique and
memorable experiences for our resort guests, homeowners and employees at
    Russell graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
from Pennsylvania State University. He also taught Hospitality Finance in the
College of Human Sciences while serving as the Vice-President and General
Manager at the Hotel at Auburn University.

    About Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

    Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort offers the most complete resort
experience in North America. Located on the popular Beaches of South Walton,
Sandestin is a 2,400-acre destination resort for all seasons and for all ages.
Sandestin invites guests to enter a world of sugar white sand beaches, 30
charming neighborhoods featuring villas, town homes and a wide variety of
hotel accommodations like no other Destin vacation rentals. The luxury golf
resort features four championship golf courses, 15 world-class tennis courts,
19 swimming pools, a 98-slip marina, a fitness center and Spa, 65,000 square
feet of meeting space and a pedestrian village featuring a host of boutique
shops, casual and fine dining restaurants and nightlife venues. For more
information, visit

    About Intrawest ULC

    Intrawest is a leader in experiential destination resorts. The company
has interests in ten resorts at North America's most popular mountain
destinations including Whistler Blackcomb, a host venue for the 2010 Winter
Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Intrawest network also includes Canadian
Mountain Holidays, the largest heli-skiing operation in the world and Club
Intrawest-a private resort club with locations throughout North America. In
addition, Intrawest develops real estate at its resorts and at other locations
across North America and in Europe. Intrawest is headquartered in Vancouver,
British Columbia. For more information, visit

For further information:

For further information: Ian Galbraith, Director of Corporate
Communications, at (604) 643-1586 or at; Or, Laurie
Hobbs, Director of Public Relations at Sandestin, at (850) 267-8261 or at

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