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NEWPORT BEACH, CA – June 7, 2018 – The Resort at Pelican Hill® today announced the appointments of Jean Schulte as director of incentive sales and Simaan Hawa as director of sales. Both leaders will support the 504-acre coastal destination’s initiatives to welcome the world’s most discerning travelers, including groups of 10 to 400 guests for meetings, incentives, conferences and special events.

“As Pelican Hill welcomes Jean and Simaan to our leadership team, we continue to elevate the guest experience for our luxury group clientele from around the world,” said Pelican Hill Managing Director Tom Donovan. “Well-aligned with the resort’s service culture, our new leaders will advance the Resort’s collaboration with the meetings industry.”

Jean Schulte, an industry veteran with an accomplished hotel career and successful sales track record, brings more than 20 years of sales expertise to Pelican Hill. Most recently, she served in global sales roles for Montage International and previously for Preferred Hotels & Resorts. She graduated from Saint Mary’s College of California with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

Simaan Hawa returns to Pelican Hill, after serving as director of sales for Southern California’s Monarch Beach Resort. With more than 15 years of luxury hospitality sales experience, he served as director of national accounts for Pelican Hill and held sales management roles with Hotel Del Coronado and Four Seasons in San Diego. He graduated from University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a Bachelor of Science in Hotel Administration.

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 (2013 & 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 (2015 Readers’ Poll); in Golf Magazine’s Premier Resorts 2016-2017; and with two courses ranked among Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses (2015).

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 known as the Coastal Collection includes Newport Beach’s Fashion Island Hotel; Hotel Irvine, a lifestyle hotel; Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine, featuring a challenging, Tom Fazio-designed public golf course; and California Recreation Company®, which operates the finest marinas in Newport Harbor and Northern California.

About Irvine Company
Irvine Company is a diversified, privately held real-estate investment company and master-planner—highly respected for its stewardship and master planning of The Irvine Ranch in Orange County, Calif. With operations throughout coastal California, Irvine Company plans and brings to life balanced, sustainable communities with a full range of housing, job and retail centers, schools, recreation, and permanently preserved open space. Irvine Company is committed to long-term ownership and management of a high-quality portfolio—the breadth and quality of which is unmatched in the industry—with each individual property positioned at the top of its class.

As a steward of some of America’s most beautiful and scientifically important open space and parklands, the company has donated nearly 60 percent of the historic 93,000-acre Irvine Ranch—57,000 acres—to permanently preserve these lands. The company traces its roots to the 1860s with the formation of The Irvine Ranch from Mexican and Spanish land grants.

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