NEWPORT BEACH, CA – March 20, 2013 – The Resort at Pelican Hill® today announced the appointment of David Phillips to director of rooms. With more than 18 years of hospitality and management experience, Phillips will lead the front office, concierge, guest services, hospitality services, housekeeping and security teams at Newport Beach’s only Five-Star resort.

“As we continually strive to deliver inspirational, personalized experiences to the world’s most discerning travelers from far and near, David’s leadership and background in luxury hotel operations will be instrumental,” said Pelican Hill Managing Director, Giuseppe Lama. “His amiable, passionate management style and thoughtful, engaging personality exemplify the essential qualities sought in hospitality professionals who uphold our industry’s rigorous Five-Star service standards.”

Phillips’ passion for the hospitality industry began at a young age, when he spent every summer traveling to the Delaware coast with his family. The “home away from home” experiences that shaped the vacations of his childhood later inspired him to pursue a hotel internship in the picturesque Pocono Mountains in northeastern Pennsylvania. His ensuing hospitality career stretched into nearly every corner of the country, beginning at The Phoenician in Scottsdale, Arizona and The St. Regis Aspen Resort in Aspen, Colorado.

Prior to joining Southern California’s The Resort at Pelican Hill, Phillips served as director of rooms at The Peabody in Little Rock, Arkansas, Sandpearl Resort in Clearwater Beach, Florida, Hotel du Pont in Wilmington, Delaware and La Playa Beach and Golf Resort in Naples, Florida.Previously, he held management roles at The Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas, Texas and Kiawah Island Resorts on Kiwawah Island, South Carolina.

Phillips earned his bachelor of science degree in hotel administration from East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. He resides in Laguna Niguel with his wife and three children.

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 (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 (2011 Readers’ Poll), and with two courses ranked among Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses (2011).

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 includes the Island Hotel Newport Beach, the city’s landmark property and only AAA Five Diamond hotel; Hyatt Regency Irvine, the city’s only Four Diamond hotel; Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine, featuring a challenging, Tom Fazio-designed public golf course; and several of the finest marinas in Newport Harbor and Northern California.

About the Irvine Company

The Irvine Company is an internationally renowned real estate development company known for its award-winning master-planned communities, its vast portfolio of high-quality investment properties and its leadership in conservation and natural resource management. The growing real estate portfolio encompasses office, apartment, retail and resort holdings located throughout California’s premier markets, including assets in San Diego, Orange and Los Angeles Counties, and holdings in Northern California. As a steward of some of America’s most beautiful and scientifically important open space and parklands, the company has donated more than half of the historic 93,000-acre Irvine Ranch in Orange County — 50,000 acres — to permanently preserve these lands. The U.S. Department of Interior and the State of California have designated these parklands as “Natural Landmarks,” one of the most prestigious land preservation designations. The privately held, diversified company traces its roots to the 1860s with the formation of The Irvine Ranch® from Mexican and Spanish land grants.

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