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Agnelo Fernandes Joins Terranea Resort as Vice President of Sales & Marketing

Fernandes to Take Los Angeles’ Oceanfront Resort into New Realms

Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. – April 2011 – Terri A. Haack, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Terranea Resort, is pleased to announce the appointment of Agnelo Fernandes to Vice President of Sales & Marketing for the 582-room oceanfront Terranea Resort in Southern California. Managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts and developed by Lowe Enterprises, the 102-acre oceanfront hotel is situated along one of the most dramatic California coastline settings, just south of Los Angeles in Rancho Palos Verdes.


An industry veteran with over 20 years of experience, Fernandes has held senior executive positions within the hospitality industry with recognized brands such as Canyon Ranch, Sonesta International, Rex Resorts and Jade Resorts in Costa Rica. He has been involved in the launch or repositioning of 15 resorts and hotels in North America, Caribbean, Asia and Central America.


“Agnelo has a demonstrated track record of consistently developing successful organizations, overseeing revenue and profitability growth, and creating a thriving service culture,” said Haack. “His leadership in defining the overall growth and marketing strategy across all revenue generating areas at Terranea will be a valuable asset to our property.”


Most recently, Fernandes served as a strategic advisor and independent consultant on projects related to luxury brands in hospitality, spa and wellness, real estate, travel & tourism and food services. He helped his clients forge strategic partnerships with organizations including Nintendo, PepsiCo, American Airlines, Miami Dolphins and Warner Brothers. Prior to that, he served as president for Jade Resorts in Costa Rica. For nearly 16 years, Fernandes was based in South Florida and held the director of sales & marketing position at several properties including Canyon Ranch Miami, Sonesta Hotel & Suites, Coconut Grove and Ocean Point Resort & Spa, Miami.


Originally from Goa, India, Fernandes received his MBA degree with Top Honors in Marketing from Oklahoma City University and a BBA degree in Finance from the University of Central Oklahoma. He has served as a board member of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, HSMAI and MPI. While in Florida, he was an active member of the Business Improvement Committee of Coconut Grove, FL, the Goan Association of Florida and the Coconut Grove Arts Festival. Fernandes has also served as guest lecturer on Global Marketing and Hospitality topics at Florida International University and Nova Southeastern University and has mentored students from both universities through their MBA programs.


About Terranea Resort

Just 20 miles from Los Angeles International Airport, Terranea, LA’s Oceanfront Resort, is magnificently poised above the Pacific Ocean on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts, the property boasts a 582-room Resort including a 360-room hotel with 32 suites, plus 20 bungalows. Also available are 50 oceanfront casitas and 32 ocean view villas tailored specifically to individuals looking for a more residential setting.


Resort amenities include The Links at Terranea, a 9-hole par 3 golf course; The Spa at Terranea, a 50,000 square-foot oceanfront spa; and three unique swimming pools, one with children’s play area and a 140-foot waterslide. Three ocean view restaurants offer a variety of food and beverage experiences including Catalina Kitchen for casual, all-day dining; mar'sel, the free-standing signature restaurant; and Nelson's, a cliff-side restaurant and bar with spectacular vantage points for whale watching. Designed to reveal the Resort’s dramatic outdoor vistas, Terranea's conference and meeting facilities include 135,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space. Other amenities include a children’s center with interactive programs and several miles of scenic bluff-top trails that connect miles of off-property coastal trails. A secluded beach cove also adds to the unique experiences at Terranea Resort. For more information visit or call 866-802-8000.


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