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Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel Appoints Donna Bond
as Director of Marketing and Will Wiest, Director of Sales
December 13, 2010 - Donna Bond has been appointed Director of Marketing for the 396-room, ocean front Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel announced General Manager Bruce Brainerd. 
“I am thrilled to have Donna join our executive team at the resort,” said Brainerd. “With her extensive marketing background, she will be instrumental in expanding our presence within southern California and the global luxury market.  I look forward to much success through her focused efforts on the repositioning of the resort,” added Brainerd
Joining the resort in 2010, Bond has more than 22 years of experience in the hospitality industry.  Most recently, she served as Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Sunstone Hospitality Management where she provided guidance and support to the directors of sales and marketing for more than 23 properties.  She has extensive experience in customer relationship and online marketing through her tenure with Starwood Hotels & Resorts and is also versed in the area of revenue management.  Bond earned her Bachelor Degree in Hotel Restaurant Management from Johnson & Wales University.  She resides in San Clemente with her artist husband, Paul Bond.

Will Wiest, CMP has been promoted to Director of Sales for the 396-room, ocean front Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel announced General Manager Bruce Brainerd.
“I am extremely excited to have Will as a new member of the resort’s Executive Committee,” said Brainerd. “Over the last several years, Will has worked tirelessly to drive business to the resort during one of the most challenging economic periods in history.  I look forward to his on-going contributions to the resort and the company.” added Brainerd
With more than 15 years of hospitality experience, Wiest will be responsible for all of the resort’s sales activities including group sales, leisure and business travel sales, catering sales and revenue management.  For the last two years, Wiest served as Director of Group Sales and has been instrumental in driving market share in the group and catering areas. His past Ritz-Carlton experience includes leadership positions in Rancho Mirage, Pasadena and Kapalua, in Maui, Hawaii. Prior to joining The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company in 2002, Wiest held various management positions at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York.  Wiest earned his Bachelor’s Degree from The School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University. He resides in Laguna Niguel with his wife, Trang.

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel offers nearly 30,000 square feet of meeting, conference and banquet function space. With eighteen unique meeting rooms, the resort can accommodate gatherings ranging in size from seven to 700. The Pacific Promenade is a stand-along ballroom that offers guests sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and 5,400 square feet of unobstructed space. The resort’s indoor meeting space is complemented by 18 acres of outdoor garden courtyards, pool terraces, oceanfront lawns and two miles of sandy beach.
In 2010, one of the new services introduced at the resort is Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment.  For groups seeking a more meaningful, and green, team building activity, Ambassadors of the Environment adventures lends discovery to the wonders of nature while teaching ways to protect our planet. Ambassadors offers 15 one-of-a-kind, unique eco-excursions that provide a once in a lifetime experience.  Also new is RAYA, a restaurant concept by acclaimed Chef Richard Sandoval. With Chef de Cuisine Greg Howe at the helm, RAYA showcases Pan-Latin Coastal Cuisine prepared with sustainable seafood, local produce and Chef Richard Sandoval’s signature Latin flavors.  Also new in 2010 is 180blũ the resort’s ocean front lounge featuring panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, and The Market Place, a gourmet café that is open for casual dining throughout the day.
Consistently ranked among the best resorts in the world, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is located halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego and sits on a 150-foot bluff with panoramic white-water views of the Pacific Ocean and two-miles of sandy beach.  The resort is one of Southern California’s most luxurious and exciting hideaways. The chic, world-class resort offers unparalleled accommodations, unforgettable pampering, and an imaginative culinary experience. For more information or reservations call 800-241-3333, the hotel directly at 949-240-2000, a travel professional or visit The Ritz-Carlton Web site at


Deanne French
Director of Public Relations
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
One Ritz Carlton Drive
Dana Point, California 92629

Also See: Jay Heidenreich Appointed Director of Sales & Marketing at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, California / June 2009

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company Pioneering a New Brand Extension; Future Sites for Ritz-Carlton Reserve Include Thailand, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Turks & Caicos and The United Arab Emirates / December 2008

The Ritz-Carlton Philosophy; Simon Cooper, President and COO, Discusses Evolution of the Brand / May 2002

Jury Awards 10 million to Owner of Ritz-Carlton Bali; At Core of Case - A Material Breach of Loyalty Displayed by Marriott International (Ritz-Carlton's Parent Company) / February 2008


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