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Terranea Resort Announces Key Executive Hire

Valerie Iwasaki Named Senior Leisure Account Director

(October 1, 2019) — Terranea Resort announces the hire of hospitality industry veteran Valerie Iwasaki as Senior Leisure Account Director.

Iwasaki has vast experience working within the luxury hospitality sector, as seen through her three-year tenure as Account Director Leisure for The St. Regis Princeville Resort on the island of Kauai in Hawaii, following a remarkably successful 16-year career with The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, and The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey. During this time, Iwasaki created long-lasting relationships with key travel networks such as Virtuoso, Signature Travel Network, Fine Hotels & Resorts, and more, which will be instrumental as she represents Terranea to the Northeast region and Los Angeles area luxury partners.

“We are very pleased to welcome Valerie to the Terranea team,” says Chief Strategy Officer & Executive Vice President Agnelo Fernandes. “Her revenue-driven approach to business and close relationships with key travel networks will be paramount as we continue to serve as Southern California’s premier oceanfront resort on the Los Angeles coast.”

Iwasaki and her husband, Eric, have lived in the Rolling Hills Estates neighborhood on the northern side of the Palos Verdes Peninsula for over a decade.  She speaks fluent French, and in her spare time, enjoys cooking and practicing yoga.

About Terranea Resort

Located on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, Terranea is the premier oceanfront resort in Southern California with 102 acres of unparalleled Pacific Ocean views on the Los Angeles coast. Terranea opened its doors in June 2009 and proudly celebrates a milestone 10th anniversary in 2019: 10 years of service and memorable guest experiences in this scenic Southern California enclave. The resort also offers world-class accommodations that range from hotel suites to bungalows, oceanfront casitas, and luxurious villas, which are also available for purchase as seaside second homes through Terranea Real Estate. Amenities include The Links at Terranea, a nine-hole, par-3 golf course; award-winning 50,000 sq. ft. oceanfront spa, fitness, and wellness center; four swimming pools and a 140-foot waterslide; marea luxury boutique; 135,000 sq. ft. of conference and meeting space; and nine dining venues including signature, coastal fine dining restaurant mar'sel; catalina kitchen, serving a New American menu showcasing the bounty of California in a comfortably chic environment; Nelson's, a cliffside spot ideal for whale watching; newly opened wellness eatery solviva; and Asian-inspired bashi. Terranea takes pride in its farm-to-Terranea culinary philosophy that focuses on utilizing local and sustainable ingredients. Terranea's bountiful land boasts herb and vegetable gardens, lemon groves, bee hives, farm-fresh eggs, a Sea Salt Conservatory, and more. In addition, the resort’s team of expert Experience Concierge members at the dedicated Experience Center help guests discover and explore Terranea’s rich terrain that includes miles of scenic coastal trails, a secluded beach cove, and ocean environments. Fun, enriching programs and activities such as falconry, archery, kayaking, and paddle boarding also abound. Terranea Resort is owned by a joint venture comprised of Lowe and JC Resorts, managed by CoralTree Hospitality Group, and is a member of the American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts program and Virtuoso Travel Network. Since its opening, Terranea Resort has been named one of Travel + Leisure’s “500 Best Hotels in the World” and earned a spot on Condé Nast Traveler’s “Readers’ Choice Awards” and “Gold List.” The resort also received the “Best of Award of Excellence” from Wine Spectator and has been recognized numerous times on U.S. News & World Report's “Best U.S. Hotels” list. In 2019, Terranea was designated a Great Place to Work-Certified™ company by Great Place to Work. For additional information about Terranea Resort, visit www.terranea.com, call 866.261.5873, or follow Terranea on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Valerie Iwasaki Named Senior Leisure Account Director Valerie Iwasaki Named Senior Leisure Account Director