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Matthew Jones Named Director of Group Sales for the
Sandpearl Resort, Clearwater Beach, Florida
CLEARWATER BEACH, FL (October 17, 2006) – Coral Hospitality has appointed Matthew Jones as Director of Group Sales for the Sandpearl Resort, the first new beachfront resort on Clearwater Beach in over 25 years. The 253-room, eight-story luxury hotel is being constructed on 700 feet of Gulf of Mexico waterfront and is slated to open in the spring of 2007.

Jones brings over 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry, most recently serving on the sales team at The Sea Pines Resort in Hilton Head, SC. Much of his work has been rooted in Marriott Corporate, serving as assistant general manager, general manager or senior sales manager for nine properties. Jones also served as area director of sales for 21 limited service Extended Stay Hotels in the mid-west. In addition to his resort experiences in Hilton Head, he has pre-opening experience for limited service, full-service and conference service hotels. Jones is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati.

“Coral Hospitality and JMC Communities are very excited to welcome Matt Jones to the Sandpearl Resort team,” stated Lee Weeks, CEO of Coral Hospitality. “Matt’s beachfront resort experience in Hilton Head, combined with his corporate hotel sales initiatives, have molded him into the ideal leader of group sales for this new resort experience.”

In his new position, Jones will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day sales effort of the Sandpearl Resort group sales team, as well as serving as a major producer of group room nights.

Jones and the current Sandpearl Resort team are in the pre-opening office located at 600 Cleveland Street in Clearwater until the resort opens. 

The Sandpearl Resort, opening spring 2007, will be the first new beachfront resort in Clearwater Beach in over 25 years. Situated along a 700-foot expanse of pristine Gulf Coast beach, Sandpearl will feature 253 luxurious guest rooms, a lagoon-style beachfront pool, full-service spa, unique lifestyle enrichment programs, fine & casual dining, plus meeting & event space. 

The Sandpearl Resort is being developed by JMC Communities (www.jmccommunities.com) of St. Petersburg, Fla., and is managed by Naples, Fla.-based Coral Hospitality (www.coralhospitality.com). Other project partners include the Hunter Hotel Group and Greenfield Partners.

Founded in 1978, JMC Communities is a Florida-based real estate development company specializing in premier waterfront residential properties that preserve and accentuate the state’s natural beauty and uniqueness. JMC Communities has developed nearly 4,000 waterfront condominium homes in Florida, including many highly successful developments in the Gulf Coast area.

Coral Hospitality is a full service management company with a diverse portfolio of resorts, hotels, condominiums, private golf and tennis clubs and community associations. Currently managing a collection of 35 properties throughout Florida and Georgia, Coral operates each with a core belief in providing thoughtful service in unique surroundings.

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Contact:

The Sandpearl Resort
www.sandpearl.com
(727) 441-2425

 Coral Hospitality
www.coralhospitality.com

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Also See: The Clearwater Beach Hotel Closes After Nearly a Century of Hospitality; To Be Replaced with the $140-million Sandpearl Resort / June 2005
Some Clearwater, Florida Officials Uneasy with Planned Clearwater Beach Hyatt Morphing from a Hotel to a Condominium-hotel / January 2006


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