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Terranea Resort Expands Team with Five New Leadership Appointments

Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. (July 28, 2014) – Los Angeles’ premier oceanfront resort, Terranea, by Destination Hotels & Resorts, has introduced five new executives to its leadership team. The five new appointments include a Director of Revenue Optimization, Spa Director, Associate Director of Marketing, and two Sales Directors, all who will be pivotal in continuing the success of Terranea Resort. Known for its world-class hospitality, service and unparalleled guest experiences, Terranea is in its fifth year of operation and has grown into one of the leading resorts in Los Angeles and Southern California.


“We are excited to welcome our newest members to the Terranea team,” said Terri A. Haack, Executive Vice President & Managing Director of Terranea Resort. “We are confident these individuals will play a great role in the continued growth and development of Terranea Resort.”


Bryan Haluza joins Terranea as the Director of Revenue Optimization. With over 25 years of hospitality experience, Bryan will be heading up the strategy and planning to maximize revenue generation at the resort. Bryan’s previous positions include Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group in Elbow Beach, Bermuda, The Sagamore Resort in Lake George, New York and Mount Snow Resort Lodging in Mount Snow, Vermont.


Sharon Holtz, appointed to Terranea as the Spa Director, will lead the development of spa programming as well as continue to position The Spa at Terranea as a premier destination resort spa. With more than 20 years of experience in the spa and wellness industry, Sharon spent ten years with Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group creating distinctive holistic experiences within their spas. Working throughout the United States, Southeast Asia and the Caribbean, Sharon learned a variety of culturally-inspired healing traditions and brings a global perspective to her role. She also spent time with Starwood Hotels & Resorts as Health Club Manager for the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco and as the Spa Manager at Elbow Beach in Bermuda.


Amy Funke, the newly appointed Associate Director of Marketing, will oversee the strategy for marketing communications and planning to enhance revenue generation at the resort. Prior to joining Terranea, Amy was a Senior Strategist at Allied Integrated Marketing in Los Angeles and served as the Account Director for the GRAMMYS, managing data analysis and strategy across the website, social media and digital marketing in support of the 2014 broadcast. She brings to Terranea more than seven years of experience, specializing in digital marketing and communications.


Sandra Montesano has joined the team as Director, National Accounts for the Midwest in charge of developing new and maintaining existing partnerships with businesses and groups. Formerly the Director of Midwest and Incentive Sales for La Quinta Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, she brings more than 22 years of hospitality sales experience to the Terranea team.



Maria Trabucco comes to Terranea with over 20 years of sales and hospitality experience. As the new Director of National Accounts for the Northeast, Maria will be responsible for growing interaction and partnerships within the Northeastern U.S. Her past experience includes Director of National Accounts for the Northeast for Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, Gaylord Hotels and the JW Marriott Resort & Spa at Camelback Inn.


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About Terranea Resort, by Destination Hotels & Resorts

Opened June 2009, Terranea, Los Angeles’ premier oceanfront resort, will celebrate its five-year anniversary in 2014. Located on California’s Palos Verdes Peninsula, the resort offers unparalleled Pacific Ocean views and 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 three golf course; award-winning 50,000 sq. ft. oceanfront spa and fitness center; three swimming pools and a 140-foot waterslide; marea luxury boutique; 135,000 sq. ft. of conference and meeting space; and eight dining venues, including signature restaurant mar'sel; Nelson's, a cliff-side spot ideal for whale watching; and Asian-inspired bashi. The resort’s innovative activity center and adventure concierge, Pointe Discovery, lets guests discover and explore Terranea’s rich terrain with miles of scenic coastal trails, secluded beach cove and ocean environment. Fun, enriching programs and activities such as habitat photography, falconry, kayorkle and paddle boarding also abound. Terranea Resort is owned by a joint venture comprised of Lowe Enterprises and JC Resorts. A member of the American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts program and AAA Four-Diamond property, Terranea Resort earned a spot on Condé Nast Traveler’s 2014 Gold List and was named one of Travel + Leisure’s 500 Best Hotels in the World for 2013. For additional information about Terranea Resort, visit, call 866-802-8000 or follow Terranea on Facebook and Twitter.


About Destination Hotels & Resorts

Destination Hotels & Resorts is an authentic collection of luxury and upscale independent hotels and resorts across North America. Offering enriching, locally-inspired experiences from alpine adventures and stunning beachfronts to urban landmarks, each property reflects the natural surroundings and culture of its distinctive locale. With more than 40 properties in premier travel destinations, including Aspen, Chicago, Denver, Lake Tahoe, Los Angeles, Maui, Miami, New Orleans, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, Santa Fe, Seattle, Vail and Washington D.C., the award-winning portfolio features renowned golf courses, indigenous spas, and exceptional culinary venues. For more information on Destination Hotels & Resorts, visit Follow us on Twitter: @Destination. Like us on Facebook: DestinationHotels.

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