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David Phillips Named Director of Rooms and Bruce
Pofahl to Director of F&B at LaPlaya Beach
& Golf Resort in Naples, Florida


NAPLES, FL (July 27, 2005) – Noble House Hotels & Resorts has announced the appointments of David Phillips to director of rooms and Bruce Pofahl to director of food and beverage at LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort in Naples, Florida.

Before joining LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort, Phillips held the position of assistant rooms division director at The Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas, Texas. Prior to that, he served as guest services director at Kiawah Island Resorts on Kiawah Island in South Carolina.  Phillips began his career with Starwood Hotels & Resorts where he held various positions at both the St. Regis in Aspen, Colorado and the Phoenician in Scottsdale, Arizona.  He has a B.S. in Hotel Administration from East Stroudsburg University.  Phillips will be responsible for all operation aspects of the rooms division for the resort.  This will include overseeing various areas of the property as they relate to financials, guest service and staff development. 

Pofahl comes to LaPlaya from The Lodge at Pebble Beach in Pebble Beach, California where he served as director of food and beverage.  Additionally, he held the position of resort manager at the Quail Lodge Resort in Carmel, California and food and beverage director at the Doubletree Hayden Island Complex in Portland, Oregon.  Pofahl has a B.A. in (??) from Carleton College.  Pofahl will be responsible for the entire food and beverage operation including profit and service levels of the resort along with management of the various departments.

“Both David and Bruce bring a wealth of experience to their respective positions,” said Marc Pujalet, president of Noble House Hotels & Resorts.  “We are thrilled to have them join our team and share their knowledge to continue to enhance LaPlaya’s already stellar reputation and guest experience,” added Pujalet.

LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort, a Noble House Hotel, reopened in Naples, Florida in 2002 after an extensive $51 million transformation and expansion.  The comprehensive renovation transformed the local landmark into a luxurious, 189-room boutique-style resort located directly on the picturesque Gulf of Mexico.  The resort features a championship Bob Cupp-designed golf course with driving range and practice area and the exclusive David Leadbetter Golf Academy, 11,000 square feet of function space, Baleen Restaurant, fitness center and a full-service 4,500 square foot Indonesian inspired boutique spa, SpaTerre.

LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort is located at 9891 Gulf Shore Drive, Naples, FL 34108, facing the Gulf of Mexico.  

Noble House Hotels & Resorts is a privately held real estate development company based in Seattle, Washington.  The company owns and manages 12 boutique hotels and resorts located in seven states and spanning the four coastal corners of the U.S.  Founded in 1980, the Noble House collection includes such renowned properties as The Adolphus in Dallas, Texas; Little Palm Island Resort & Spa in the Florida Keys and The Edgewater in Seattle, Washington.  


Brad Packer
Noble House Hotels & Resorts
(305) 860-4385
Also See: Noble House Hotels and Resorts Reopens LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort Following a $45 million Renovation / Jan 2002
Scot Hamilton Appointed Director of Sales and Marketing of LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort in Naples, Florida / May 2005

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