News for the Hospitality Executive
Pacific Palms Resort & Conference Center Names Robert Nelson as Vice President
& Managing Director Along with a New Management Team
INDUSTRY HILLS, Calif., Oct. 22, 2007 - In the next 60 days a new Pacific Palms Resort (the former Industry Hills Sheraton Resort & Conference Center) will emerge from an extensive $60 million renovation that includes updating rooms, introducing a new restaurant experience, a spectacular new spa and boutique, unveiling its two updated championship golf courses and modernizing all of the meeting space and business amenities. To complement the new look, Pacific Palms Resort & Conference Center has named Robert Nelson as Vice President & Managing Director of the spectacular Southern California resort and conference center. Joining Nelson is the recently named Vice President of Operations Hee Won Lim, a 19-year Disney veteran. The two will head up the team to complete the extensive resort ‘re-invention’ that positions 650 acre Pacific Palms as the only ‘true’ destination resort property in Los Angeles and Orange counties.
For Robert Nelson, the move to Pacific Palms continues a hospitality career that has included senior management positions with many of the top resort and private country club operations in the country. Most recently, Nelson served as VP, Hospitality & Golf Operations at The Woodlands, directing its renowned hotel, resort, golf and country club assets and Senior Vice President for Golf Host Resort’s nationally recognized resort and golf operations in Florida and Colorado.
Nelson’s resort and development background made him the natural choice for the recently renovated and soon-to-be repositioned Pacific Palms Conference Resort. The assignment will allow Nelson to use his broad experience to create a seamless integration of the property’s world-class amenities, including The Spa at Pacific Palms, Southern California’s newest, two championship golf courses—The Ike and The Babe, a 45,000 square foot IACC recognized conference center, critically acclaimed dining at Cima and Elements restaurants and a 650 acre, lushly landscaped setting complete with impressive views of the San Gabriel Valley from a glorious hilltop location.
“Bob’s background in resort and golf operations, marketing and development presented us with the perfect candidate for Pacific Palms,” said John Semcken, the Resort’s co-owner. “To ensure our success, we need to optimize all resort amenities. We’re confident the selection of Bob, along with our experienced team including our recently named Vice President of Operations, Hee Won Lim, will ensure that success.”
Heading up the new lifestyle Spa, opening November 2007, will be Maureen Vipperman, a veteran of the spa industry with experience working for Marriott and other prestigious hotel brands. With a decade of operating high end resort spas, Vipperman, also a professor of Spa Management and Hospitality at UC Irvine, brings a wealth of five-star savvy and unparalleled experience to the Spa at Pacific Palms. Elements Bar and Grill will get its culinary identity from newly hired Chef de Cuisine, Todd Meyer, who has worked at such properties as the Four Seasons Hotels in Newport Beach and Honolulu Four Seasons.
In addition, the resort’s renowned and newly refurbished golf courses
will be led under the masterful watch of Dave Youpa, the continuing
Director of Golf, who has been a member of the Pacific Palms family for
over 15 years, rising through the ranks from Assistant Golf Pro to Head
Golf Pro, and eventually to Director of Golf throughout his tenure. The
new Golf Pro Shop has been receiving rave reviews since opening earlier
this year and the Crystal Palms Boutique is another new shopping venue
at the resort offering top-of-the-line, unique products for guests to take
home with them.
Pacific Palms Resort
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