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Terranea Resort Hires Mark Kaussner to Lead Catering and Conference Services Team

Mark Kaussner - Director of Catering and Conference Services

Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. – January 2011 – Terranea Resort has announced the appointment of Mark Kaussner to Director of Catering and Conference Services for the 582-room oceanfront resort in Southern California.


Kaussner comes to Terranea from M Resort-Spa and Casino in Las Vegas, NV where he was a member of the opening executive team as head of the Catering and Conference Services department. Under Mark’s leadership, M Resort earned a number of industry awards and gained a reputation as a premier destination for meetings and conferences.


“Kaussner will be wonderful addition to and valuable leader for our Catering and Conference Services team,” said Ron Sandvig, director of sales. “His terrific personality, wealth of knowledge and high energy level will be central in the future success of our celebrated resort.”


Prior to opening the M Resort, Mark held several senior level operational positions with such prestigious properties as the Bellagio Resort, Las Vegas; Rio All –Suite Hotel and Casino, NV; and the Ritz Carlton – Half Moon Bay, Calif. Kaussner holds a degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management from  Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island. He is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) and a member of the International Special Events Society (ISES).


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 25,000 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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