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Georgia's Destination Resort, Sea Island, Names Alex Gregory as Director
of Sales and Marketing and James Gibson as Director of Operations

Sea Island, Georgia (March 19, 2012) – Sea Island announced today two new additions to its executive team: Director of Sales and Marketing, Alex Gregory and Director of Operations, James Gibson.

In his new role as Director of Sales and Marketing, Gregory will be responsible for assisting in the development and execution of Sea Island’s sales and marketing plans and leading all sales activities throughout the resort.

Prior to his position with Sea Island, Gregory spent three years at the Royal Palms Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Arizona, as the Director of Sales and Marketing. His extensive work in the hospitality sector is augmented by professional affiliations, including his role as Chairman of the HSMAI Resort Marketing Council since 2008. With more than 18 years working in luxury properties, Gregory will bring his experience leveraging technology, trends, data and business intelligence to maximize successful sales efforts of Sea Island.

“Alex has extensive experience building dynamic sales teams,” said Parra Vaughan, Vice-President of Marketing and Sales for Sea Island. “His proven track record of fostering successful business relationships made him a natural fit for our Sea Island team."

Sea Island is also pleased to announce the appointment of James Gibson as Director of Operations.  With 30 years of experience in the luxury hospitality industry, Gibson will be tasked with providing direction and leadership to resort departments, fostering a welcoming and caring environment for members and guests, as well as providing guidance and career development tools to employees.

Most recently, Gibson served as Hotel Manager of the Trump SoHo in New York City; before that, he was Managing Director at The Residences at Biltmore in North Carolina, Hotel Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Spa and Casino in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and spent eleven years with Hyatt Hotels. A British citizen born in Zambia, Africa and raised in England, Gibson’s history with global luxury brands and boutique properties makes him uniquely qualified to oversee the daily operations of Sea Island.

“James’s leadership roles and extensive experience in the international hospitality space give him an operational edge andthe ability to identify with a diverse range of travelers,” said Rick Riess, Managing Director of Sea Island. “We are pleased to have James oversee operations at our multi-faceted destination.”

About Sea Island
Sea Island is an exceptional destination resort offering four Forbes Five-Star experiences: The Cloister at Sea Island, The Lodge at Sea Island Golf Club, the Cloister Spa, and the Georgian Room restaurant. Located on the southeastern coast of Georgia, Sea Island features three championship golf courses, including Seaside, home to the PGA Tour’s McGladrey Classic, as well as the nation’s finest Golf Learning Center. Sea Island offers an extensive array of nature adventures and stimulating recreational activities, including the Sea Island Beach Club, Tennis and Squash Club, Yacht Club, Shooting School, and Camp Cloister. Known for its gracious hospitality, Sea Island has been creating lifetime traditions for discerning travelers since 1928; a recent transformation of the resort married its storied history with unparalleled 21st century amenities. Experience Sea Island at


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