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Terranea Resort’s Agnelo Fernandes Honored Among "Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds" During 2012 HSMAI Adrian Awards

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA---March 2012

Terranea Resort, Los Angeles’ premier oceanfront resort, celebrates the recognition of Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Agnelo Fernandes, as one of the “Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales and Marketing” by Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI).

Fernandes accepted the award before an audience of hospitality and tourism industry leaders during a private ceremony in New York on Feb. 27, 2012, at the annual HSMAI Adrian Awards Gala.

The prestigious “Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds” list spotlights the best and brightest sales and marketing professionals in the hospitality, travel and tourism industries. 

Recipients are carefully selected by a panel of expert judges for their vision and creativity in spearheading landmark initiatives that not only drive business growth, but also raise the bar for innovation and leadership across the industry.

In his role at Terranea Resort, Fernandes draws upon more than two decades of experience to develop cutting-edge campaigns for the 102-acre oceanfront resort, located on the scenic Palos Verdes Peninsula in Los Angeles County. Since Terranea’s debut in 2009, the $480-million-dollar resort has continued to experience exponential growth and increased revenue.

“We’re elated to see Agnelo’s talent, tireless dedication and pioneering strategy acknowledged,” says Terri A. Haack, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Terranea Resort. “Agnelo has been a key force in driving business and cultivating new partnerships for Terranea and he has achieved remarkable growth for the resort since it launched in 2009. This award is a reflection of his accomplishments.”

Fernandes notes, “It is an honor to be recognized by distinguished peers and leading industry experts at HSMAI. I am fortunate to work alongside the more than 1,000 passionate associates at Terranea Resort who are instrumental in creating a truly unique destination in an unrivaled natural setting, having the Pacific Ocean as its backdrop. We continue to elevate our levels of heartfelt hospitality as we further position our growing brand into a national iconic destination and Los Angeles’ most coveted coastal retreat.”

About Terranea Resort

Terranea, L.A.’s Oceanfront Resort, is magnificently poised above the Pacific Ocean on the Palos Verdes Peninsula and located 20 miles south of Los Angeles International Airport. Terranea Resort is owned by a joint venture comprised of Lowe Enterprises and JC Resorts and managed by Destination® Hotels & Resorts. The property boasts 582 rooms including a 360-room hotel with 32 suites, and 20 bungalows and features 50 oceanfront three-bedroom casitas and 32 ocean view three-bedroom villas, offering a residential setting with rental or Resort real estate opportunities for guests to purchase a second home. Resort amenities include The Links at Terranea, a nine-hole par three golf course; The Spa at Terranea, a 50,000 square-foot oceanfront spa, fitness center and Café; 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 marea, a luxury retail boutique; children’s center with interactive programs; Pointe Discovery, an “active-living” store and adventure concierge for activities that explore the rich local terrain and ocean environment. Several miles of scenic bluff-top trails connect miles of off-property coastal trails, and a secluded beach cove also adds to the unique experiences at Terranea Resort. For more information, visit or call 866-802-8000. Please follow Terranea Resort on Facebook and Twitter.

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