ORLANDO, Fla. – Jan. 9, 2015 – As a leader in the global hospitality industry, Orlando World Center Marriott is proud to announce the appointment of Ron Kerere as Director of Food & Beverage to its distinguished culinary team. In this role, Ron will oversee all food and beverage operations for the hotel’s 2,009 guestrooms and suites, 10 diverse and seasonally-inspired restaurants and lounges, as well as a multi-million dollar banquet operation for the 450,000 sq. ft. of meeting and event space.

A native to Virginia, hailing from a small town near Washington, D.C., Ron brings a wealth of culinary experience, and a noteworthy education gained at Radford University, Va. Ron’s resume also touts quality industry experience as Assistant Director of Food & Beverage at Morongo Resort in Cabazon, Calif., Beverage Manager at Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Calif. and Assistant Beverage Manager at Sunset Station Hotel & Casino in Henderson, Nev. Most recently, Ron was General Manager of Gaylord Opryland Attractions in Nashville, Tenn., leading his team to achieve remarkable results in the areas of guest service, STAR satisfaction and financial success. Over the course of his career, Ron was notably the recipient of the Gaylord Opryland’s 2010 Excellence in Leadership Award and winner of the 2014 Hedgehog Award.

“Ron’s extensive professional background and expertise within the food and beverage industry make him the ideal choice for this position. We’re thrilled to have him as the newest member of our team,” said Doug Ridge, General Manager of Orlando World Center Marriott.

Guests dine around the world and experience culinary gems tucked away inside the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort. Home to 10 diverse restaurants and lounges including Mikado’s Japanese Steakhouse, serving exemplary sushi combinations and specialty drinks along with fun entertainment by skilled teppan-yaki chefs; Hawk’s Landing Steakhouse and Grill, providing America’s finest cuts of USDA prime aged beef and fresh seafood and Siro: Urban Italian Kitchen, the resort’s newest restaurant, showcasing creative Italian cuisine with farm-to-fork flavors and an extensive wine list. Sports fans flock to High Velocity, as this family-friendly sports bar sets the standard, serving up the best selection of beers and bar fare in town with more than 28 flat-panel HDTVs.

Towering above more than 200 prime central Florida acres, the Four-Diamond Orlando World Center Marriott offers everything a guest could possibly want. Having recently undergone an extensive multi-million dollar transformation, the resort now features everything on-premise from the Falls Pool Oasis to a championship golf course, Bill Madonna Golf Academy at Hawk’s Landing Golf Club, a full service spa and fitness center, more than 450,000 sq. ft. of event space, as well as 10 taste-tempting restaurants and lounges, including a food court for guests on-the-go. Additionally, the resort recently launched an interactive virtual map enabling all guests to navigate the resort easily and efficiently – visit worldcentermap.com to download. In this magnificent locale, with year’ round average temperatures sitting at 78°, the 2,009-room resort is located only 1.5 miles from Walt Disney World® and just minutes from SeaWorld® Orlando, Discovery Cove®, Aquatica™, LEGOLAND® and Universal Studios® Orlando.

For additional information on Orlando World Center Marriott or to book a reservation, call 1-800-380-7931 or visit www.worldcentermarriott.com. To engage with the resort online, visit Facebook.com/worldcenter or Twitter.com/worldcenter.