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SAN DIEGO, Calif. (October 12, 2017) – Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, a Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond resort, is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard W. Hill as general manager. With more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Hill brings a history of success in all aspects of management including operations, marketing, business development, finance, and more. 

“Richard is a prized addition to the Rancho Valencia team,” states Jeff Jacobs, co-owner of Rancho Valencia. “His passion for the resort and notable experience in the industry will further our continued growth and bring us to new heights.” 

As general manager, Hill’s responsibilities include overall day-to-day management, guest and member relations, leadership and strategic planning with the Executive team and all departments. Richard will also be an ambassador of Rancho Valencia’s unique brand. With his expertise, Hill will ensure and continue the luxury resort’s unparalleled service culture, development, and guest satisfaction.   

Prior to joining Rancho Valencia, Hill served as President & COO of Amira Resorts where he was responsible for managing the growing collection of curated hotels. He also served as President & COO of Solage Hotels & Resorts and spent 10 years as opening general manager at the company’s flagship resort, Solage, an Auberge Resort in Napa Valley, Calif., where he was an integral part of developing all facets of the resort, including overseeing the renovation of its spa and restaurant, Solbar. Under his leadership, Solage was named a Forbes Five-Star property and received a Michelin Star rating for seven consecutive years. Outside of his career, Hill is passionate about helping those in need and founded the charity organization Love Gracefully.

About Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa

In February 2015, U.S. News & World Report named Rancho Valencia the #1 resort in the U.S. and the #1 Relais and Châteaux hotel in the world. Rancho Valencia has garnered a reputation as one of the world’s most sought after luxury resorts. Spanning 45 lush acres of gardens, trails, olive groves, casitas and more, this Mediterranean inspired, all-suite property offers the finest accommodations, service and programming that San Diego has to offer. In late 2011, Rancho Valencia closed its doors to undergo a massive $30 million property-wide renovation which comprised of major updates including two new restaurants and a bar, Veladora and The Pony Room, an expanded fitness center, addition of the Serenity Yoga Pavilion, wine room, and a complete re-design of the 49 guest casitas and a private three-bedroom Hacienda. With the help of the renovation, Rancho Valencia has recently earned additional numerous awards including Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Award, AAA Five Diamond Award, Condé Nast Traveler 2015 Gold List and Condé Nast Traveler’s 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards as #1 in Best Resorts in Southern California, and #25 in the top 100 resorts in the world.

Contact: J Public Relations / 619-255-7069

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