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IRVINE, Calif. (June 14, 2017) – Pacific Hospitality Group (PHG) announces the appointment of Robb Walker as its chief operating officer and Scott Meldrum as chief marketing officer. Walker will oversee the operational aspects of the company’s 12 hospitality assets, which include the Meritage Collection, a portfolio of lifestyle and luxury properties, and branded properties under the AC Hotels by Marriott®, DoubleTree by HiltonTM and Wyndham flags. Meldrum will be responsible for driving the marketing efforts for PHG and all its affiliated companies.

With more than 30 years of experience leading first-class operations in the hotel industry, Walker welcomes his new role after serving one year as vice president of operations for the Meritage Collection. He succeeds Steve Arnold who has elected to resign to pursue new opportunities after a successful 15-year career with the company. Arnold will remain a key partner and investor in several of PHG’s key properties, and the company’s CEO Tim Busch will assume the title of president.

“I am thrilled to have both Robb and Scott as part of PHG’s executive team,” said Tim Busch, President and CEO, PHG. “Both will do an incredible job assisting PHG in reaching its ultimate potential and continuing to grow as a company.”

Before joining PHG, Walker was senior vice president of operations at SilverBirch Hotels and Resorts and provided strategic leadership to a portfolio of branded and independent properties while leading several high-impact development and repositioning projects. Walker also spent five years with Dolce International as regional vice president overseeing the resort and hotel operations in the U.S. Southwest and five years with Benchmark Hospitality as resident and general manager in resort destinations in Oahu, Hawaii and Lake Tahoe, California.

As a digital marketing and social media veteran, Scott Meldrum has provided global marketing strategy and media solutions for leading brands in the automotive, entertainment and hospitality industries. Leveraging 20 years of interactive experience, he has delivered award-winning digital advertising and social media campaigns for global brands, including Starbucks, MGM Resorts, Kia Motors, Marriott International and Disney Pixar. Before joining PHG, Meldrum was executive vice president of strategy for Initiative, an Interpublic Group company, where he led a team of 75 media strategists managing a yearly media portfolio more than $2 Billion. 

About Pacific Hospitality Group

Established in 1987, Pacific Hospitality Group (PHG) is a growing hospitality company with 12 hotels, resorts and club assets across the United States. Based in Irvine, California, the company finances, manages and owns a portfolio of lifestyle and luxury properties known as the Meritage Collection. Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa Valley, Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort in Kauai and the recently opened Paséa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach comprise the Collection. PHG also serves as the owner-franchisee for the following properties: Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove, AC Hotel Phoenix Tempe/Downtown, AC Hotel Irvine, AC Hotel New Orleans Bourbon/French Quarter Area, DoubleTree by Hilton Irvine Spectrum, and DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Ana/Orange County Airport. The company attributes its success to maximizing the net operating income of its properties through consistent revenue growth and effective cost management. Other PHG affiliated assets include Trinitas Cellars, Balboa Bay Club and Newport Beach Country Club. For more information, visit www.pacifichospitality.com or www.linkedin.com/company/pacific-hospitality-group.

Contact: Kristal McKanders

kmckanders@pacifichospitality.com / 949-861-4700

About Meritage Collection

The Meritage Collection is a portfolio of lifestyle and luxury hotels that blends iconic, one-of-a-kind places with locally-inspired experiences. Débuted in 2013, the Meritage Collection is comprised of six hotels and resorts throughout California and Hawaii, representing more than 1400 rooms and nearly 149,000 square feet of premier indoor meeting and event space. It includes The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa Valley, Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, Paséa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach, Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach, Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort in Kauai and Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa. Reflective of its California roots, the Meritage Collection offers a laid-back luxury service culture that caters to the modern-day traveler. The Meritage Collection properties are members of the Global Hotel Alliance and its DISCOVERY Rewards Program. DISCOVERY rewards travelers with local experiences and unique adventures not generally available to the public. For more information, please visit http://meritagecollection.com/ or twitter.com/MeritageHotels.

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