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Pacific Palms Resort & Conference Center Names Robert Nelson as Vice President
& Managing Director Along with a New Management Team

INDUSTRY HILLS, Calif., Oct. 22, 2007 - In the next 60 days a new Pacific Palms Resort (the former Industry Hills Sheraton Resort & Conference Center) will emerge from an extensive $60 million renovation that includes updating rooms, introducing a new restaurant experience, a spectacular new spa and boutique, unveiling its two updated championship golf courses and modernizing all of the meeting space and business amenities. To complement the new look, Pacific Palms Resort & Conference Center has named Robert Nelson as Vice President & Managing Director of the spectacular Southern California resort and conference center. Joining Nelson is the recently named Vice President of Operations Hee Won Lim, a 19-year Disney veteran. The two will head up the team to complete the extensive resort ‘re-invention’ that positions 650 acre Pacific Palms as the only ‘true’ destination resort property in Los Angeles and Orange counties.
For Robert Nelson, the move to Pacific Palms continues a hospitality career that has included senior management positions with many of the top resort and private country club operations in the country. Most recently, Nelson served as VP, Hospitality & Golf Operations at The Woodlands, directing its renowned hotel, resort, golf and country club assets and Senior Vice President for Golf Host Resort’s nationally recognized resort and golf operations in Florida and Colorado.
Nelson’s resort and development background made him the natural choice for the recently renovated and soon-to-be repositioned Pacific Palms Conference Resort. The assignment will allow Nelson to use his broad experience to create a seamless integration of the property’s world-class amenities, including The Spa at Pacific Palms, Southern California’s newest, two championship golf courses—The Ike and The Babe, a 45,000 square foot IACC recognized conference center, critically acclaimed dining at Cima and Elements restaurants and a 650 acre, lushly landscaped setting complete with impressive views of the San Gabriel Valley from a glorious hilltop location.
“Bob’s background in resort and golf operations, marketing and development presented us with the perfect candidate for Pacific Palms,” said John Semcken, the Resort’s co-owner. “To ensure our success, we need to optimize all resort amenities. We’re confident the selection of Bob, along with our experienced team including our recently named Vice President of Operations, Hee Won Lim, will ensure that success.”
Heading up the new lifestyle Spa, opening November 2007, will be Maureen Vipperman, a veteran of the spa industry with experience working for Marriott and other prestigious hotel brands. With a decade of operating high end resort spas, Vipperman, also a professor of Spa Management and Hospitality at UC Irvine, brings a wealth of five-star savvy and unparalleled experience to the Spa at Pacific Palms. Elements Bar and Grill will get its culinary identity from newly hired Chef de Cuisine, Todd Meyer, who has worked at such properties as the Four Seasons Hotels in Newport Beach and Honolulu Four Seasons. 

In addition, the resort’s renowned and newly refurbished golf courses will be led under the masterful watch of Dave Youpa, the continuing Director of Golf, who has been a member of the Pacific Palms family for over 15 years, rising through the ranks from Assistant Golf Pro to Head Golf Pro, and eventually to Director of Golf throughout his tenure. The new Golf Pro Shop has been receiving rave reviews since opening earlier this year and the Crystal Palms Boutique is another new shopping venue at the resort offering top-of-the-line, unique products for guests to take home with them.
With the leadership team now assembled and with the completion of spa, restaurant, boutique, and golf course coming together, the Pacific Palms Resort is welcoming a new era as one of California’s finest resorts and meeting destinations.
Pacific Palms Resort is situated in the middle of 650 acres of lushly landscaped grounds in the city of Industry Hills, California. The award-winning conference and leisure destination has recently received industry honors including: Top Resorts in the World from World Traveler Magazine, Paragon Award from Corporate Meetings & Incentives, the Platinum Choice Award from Smart Meetings Magazine, the Pinnacle Award from Successful Meetings, Best Conference Center from Meetings West and the Award of Excellence from Corporate Incentive & Travel.
Set against the majestic San Gabriel Mountains, Pacific Palms Resort offers 292 beautifully appointed, oversized guest rooms appealing to both leisure and business travelers. Offering over 45,000 square feet of conference space and 32 single meeting and breakout rooms, the Pacific Palms is the preferred destination for America’s top corporate clients. As a favorite shooting location of Hollywood movie, television, and advertising production companies, the resort is centrally located to three major airports, Disneyland, Universal Studios, and Knott’s Berry Farm, making it the ideal Southern California travel hub. Celebrating over 25 years of tradition, the Industry Hills Golf Club offers 36 holes of completely refurbished championship golf, a new Resort Pro Shop and LA’s only 4.5 star rated golf experience.


Pacific Palms Resort
One Industry Hills Parkway, Industry Hills, CA
91744. (626) 810-4455

Also See: Majestic Realty Co. Appoints Dolce International as Management Company for Industry Hills Sheraton Resort & Conference Center / May 2000


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