News for the Hospitality Executive
February 2011 - Steven Szenasi has been named Director of Catering Sales for the 396-room, ocean front Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel announced Director of Sales Will Wiest.
“I am extremely excited to have Steven join the resort’s sales team,” said Wiest. “His expertise in catering sales, weddings and special events, coupled with his tenure with Ritz-Carlton will be a valued addition to the resort,” Wiest added.
With more than 17 years of hospitality experience, Szenasi has an extensive background in the industry having served as Director of Catering Sales, Director of Weddings, Catering Sales Manager and Meetings & Special Events Manager at various Ritz-Carlton’s including Denver, Bachelor Gulch and Naples. Prior to joining The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, he served as Catering Coordinator at the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club.
A native of Hungary, Szenasi attended Karoly Gundel Hospitality and Culinary School in his hometown of Budapest. Upon completion, he was hired to manage a five-star cruise ship restaurant for Peter Deilmann Cruise Line in Germany. Nine years later, he moved to the United States, where he continued his education at Florida’s Edison State College, majoring in Business Administration and graduating with Honors.
Embracing The Ritz-Carlton Community Footprints, Szenasi has volunteered with the Shelter for Abused Women and Children and Junior Achievement of Florida and Colorado where he taught fifth graders about business. Szenasi enjoys traveling throughout Europe when visiting his family in Hungary, honing his culinary skills and flying planes with his pilot’s license. He is proficient in four languages; Hungarian, English, German and Spanish.
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel offers nearly 30,000 square feet of banquet and event space. With eighteen unique function rooms, the resort can accommodate gatherings ranging in size from seven to 700. The Pacific Promenade is a stand-along ballroom that offers guests sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and 5,400 square feet of unobstructed space. The resort’s indoor event space is complemented by 18 acres of outdoor garden courtyards, pool terraces, oceanfront lawns and two miles of sandy beach.
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel premiered as the first luxury resort along coastal Orange County in August 1984. Twenty-six years later, the resort has a re-imagined personality. Moving from traditional to contemporary, heavy draperies, dark woods and ostentation was replaced with casually subtle sophistication showcasing high ceilings and un-obstructed windows inviting in a relaxed ocean experience throughout the resort. The resort has been the recipient of many awards over the years, but is proud to boast earning AAA Five Diamonds for the last 25 years, the longest in California. The resort offers many extraordinary luxury experiences including Raya, 180blũ, The Market Place, Eno, Bar Raya, The Spa and Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment. The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is the premier destination for travelers who desire a playful approach to true Southern California luxury. For more information or reservations call 800-241-3333, the hotel directly at 949-240-2000, a travel professional or visit the web site at www.ritzcarlton.com/laguna.
Director of Public Relations
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
One Ritz Carlton Drive
Dana Point, California 92629
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