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Scott Ward Appointed as Director of Sales and Marketing for Scrub Island
Resort, Spa & Marina in the British Virgin Islands

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS (May 29, 2013) – Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina announces the appointment of Scott Ward as director of sales and marketing for the resort.  In his new role, Ward’s responsibilities will include shaping and executing all sales and marketing strategies for group and leisure markets; developing new programs to maximize opportunities and exceed revenue goals; management of the public relations and advertising initiatives of the resort; and overseeing the performance management, coaching, recruiting and selection of the sales team.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Scott back to the Mainsail Lodging & Development team,” said Norwood Smith, vice president of sales and marketing, Mainsail Lodging & Development. “Scott has the knowledge, expertise and professional contacts to take Scrub Island to the next level, plus valuable Caribbean experience and a passion for the BVI that will make him an inspiring leader for our unique private island resort.”

Ward was director of sales and marketing for Scrub Island Resort prior to its opening in 2010, during which time he secured more than $2.9 million in pre-opening incentive sales and pre-booked 2,800 room nights.  Most recently, Ward served as regional director of sales for RockResorts, where he oversaw wedding and leisure sales for their warm weather collection, including resorts in Costa Rica, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Miami and St. Lucia.

For more information on Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina, the first luxury resort development in the destination in more than 15 years and first member of the Autograph Collection® in the Caribbean, call toll free U.S. 813-849-4153 or visit ScrubIsland.com.

About Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina, BVI
Opened in July 2010, Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina is named after its location, a serene 230-acre private-island haven situated at the east end of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. The first luxury resort development in the destination in more than 15 years and first member of Marriott’s Autograph Collection in the Caribbean, the resort is tucked into a rugged cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and neighboring uninhabited islands. It features 52 guest accommodations as well as a collection of two-, three- and four-bedroom villas, the intimate Ixora Spa, world-class restaurants including the popular Caravela, three private beaches and a 55-slip marina.  For more information, call toll free U.S. 813-849-4153 or visit scrubisland.com

About Mainsail Lodging and Development Group
Mainsail Lodging and Development is a Tampa-based hospitality company that develops and operates lodging products in the Southeastern US and the Caribbean. Their properties include Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina (ScrubIsland.com), a private island resort in the British Virgin Islands and member of Autograph Collection® of Marriott International; Mainsail Beach Inn (MainsailBeachInn.com), a boutique beachfront hotel and marina on Anna Maria Island, Florida; Mainsail Suites Hotel and Conference Center (MainsailTampa.com) in Tampa, Florida; Mainsail South, a 328-unit apartment and corporate housing complex in South Tampa; and Mainsail Apartment Homes, a 240-unit apartment community in Tampa’s Westshore district. The company also operates ExecuStay (ExecuStay.com), a leading corporate housing provider throughout Florida, Georgia and The Carolinas. Opening November 2013 in Tampa, Florida, the boutique food-focused Epicurean hotel (EpicureanHotel.com) is being developed in collaboration with the legendary Bern’s Steak House and will be the first newly constructed property in the United States to join the Autograph Collection®. For more information please visit mainsailhotels.com

About Autograph Collection®
The Autograph Collection® is an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent hotels. Each destination has been selected for its bold originality, rich character and uncommon details. From near to far, iconic to historic, the result is an array of properties that is nothing less than unique, nothing short of collectively exceptional. For more information please visit autographhotels.com


Contact:

Lauren Held
Hayworth Creative Public Relations
386-677-7000 / 863-398-1783 cell
lauren@hayworthpr.com

Norwood Smith
VP of Sales & Marketing
Mainsail Lodging & Development
813-243-2634 / 813-433-6170 cell
nsmith@mainsailhotels.com




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The 67-room Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina in the British Virgin Islands to Join Marriott's Autograph Collection / August 2011


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