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NEWPORT BEACH, CA – August 20, 2013 – The Resort at Pelican Hill® today announced the appointment of Person Garcia to the role of director of leisure sales. With more than 17 years of sales management experience in the luxury travel industry, Garcia will lead leisure sales for Newport Beach’s first and only Five-Star resort.

“Person’s unquestionable passion, strong management skills and international strategic planning experience make him a perfect leader for Pelican Hill’s leisure sales initiatives, and we are very pleased to welcome him to our team,” said Pelican Hill Director of Sales and Marketing Frank Ashmore. “In his role, Person will be responsible for directing the vision, growth and development of the Resort’s leisure sales efforts, as Pelican Hill continues to attract the world’s most discerning travelers from local, national and international markets.”

A natural and well-respected leader within the leisure travel industry, Garcia brings 20 years of extensive experience throughout North America in sales management, marketing, strategic planning and key account development. Garcia spent 17 years in cruise line sales management roles, most recently serving as vice president of sales for Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection in Los Angeles. Previously, he held management positions with Los Angeles-based Crystal Cruises, where he received the company’s Most Million Dollar Producers top sales award in 2009, and Norwegian Cruise Lines and Premier Cruise Lines in Florida.

Garcia graduated Magna Cum Laude from Loyola Marymount University with a Bachelor of Business Administration. He currently resides in Costa Mesa, California.

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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