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The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort In Jacksonville/St. Augustine Names Andrew Pollard Director of Catering Operations

JACKSONVILLE/ST. AUGUSTINE, FL (August 2011) – Andrew Pollard has been named Director of Catering Operations at The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort and Convention Center in Jacksonville/St. Augustine, Florida. In his new position he is responsible for overseeing the operations for banquets and events at the AAA Four-Diamond Northeast Florida resort, which together with the adjacent World Golf Hall of Fame is the largest combination hotel and convention center between Atlanta and Orlando, with 101,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

Prior to joining The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort and Convention Center, Pollard served for three years as the Director of Events at the AAA Four-Diamond Renaissance Oklahoma City Convention Center Hotel and Spa in downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. In that position, he led the operations for such prestigious events as The World Creativity Forum which had 4,500 attendees, and The United States Conference of Mayors. Prior to that position, he served as Catering Service Manager at Sawgrass Marriott in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. He may be reached at “We are very pleased that Andrew will now be overseeing catering operations at The Renaissance Resort,” said Jeffrey Oliasami, the resort’s general manager. “His creativity, attention-to-detail, leadership, great rapport with meeting professionals and guests, and his ability to produce incredible banquets and events make him the perfect person for the position. I had the good fortune of working with Andrew when I was the general manager at The Renaissance Oklahoma City, and also when I was the hotel general manager at Sawgrass Marriott, and he does an exceptional job. Meeting planners and event specialists will just love working with Andrew.”

Located within the lush 6,300-acre World Golf Village, The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort and Convention Center is the only Northeast Florida resort and convention center to receive the prestigious AAA Four Diamond rating, which is an honor achieved by less than 4% of the AAA approved properties. Additional awards recently bestowed on the resort include Meetings & Conventions magazine’s prestigious “2011 Gold Tee Award,” which is given annually to the finest golf/meeting properties in the world, and Successful Meetings magazine’s acclaimed “Pinnacle Award.”

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As part of the renovation guest rooms and suites received new furniture, soft goods, window treatments, lighting, 37” flat-panel screen LCD HDTV televisions, and the Marriott JackPack, which provides complete connectivity to the guests for laptops, MP3 players, digital cameras, and video game players. The rooms and suites feature a contemporary design with an Asian feel, which includes rich red bed coverings, crisp white linens, along with a color scheme of warm neutral gold. In-room offerings also include high-speed Internet access, two telephones with data ports, a wet bar and refrigerator, an in-room safe, and in-room coffee.

The resort also boasts a dramatically remodeled nine-story atrium lobby, featuring a Colonial/Asian theme with lush foliage and a colorful 7-story modern hanging sculpture that is reminiscent of open Florida skies.

Recreational offerings at the resort include two championship golf courses: the popular Slammer & Squire (just steps from The Renaissance Resort), and the renowned King & Bear (co-designed by Arnold “The King” Palmer and Jack “The Bear” Nicklaus). Guests also have access to four additional golf courses within 15 minutes of the resort, for a total of 108 holes of golf. Additional offerings at the resort include a sauna, pool, hot tub, and full-service concierge.

Guests also are an easy walk to The World Golf Hall of Fame’s 18-hole real grass putting course, a 132-yard Island Challenge Hole, an IMAX® 3D Theater, and the Walk of Champions. In addition, guests can take golf lessons at the renowned PGA TOUR Golf Academy.

When visiting the resort, guests and groups have the opportunity to visit nearby pristine Atlantic beaches, take fun eco-tours and chartered fishing trips, enjoy exceptional shopping at two large outlet malls, and explore historic St. Augustine.


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To make it easy for its guests to enjoy area offerings, The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort is now offering a complimentary shuttle for individual guests (based on availability) to and from historic downtown St. Augustine. This new service enables guests to easily visit sites in St. Augustine, which was founded in 1565, including the historic Castillo de San Marcos fort, The Fountain of Youth, and shopping on the charming, brick-paved St. George Street. Additional options in downtown St. Augustine include the Old Town Trolley Tour, The Old Jail, The St. Augustine History Museum, The Spanish Quarter, The Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, Whetstone’s Chocolate Factory, Lightner Museum, Flagler College, and a variety of water activities.

In addition, the resort’s White Glove Meeting Services include complimentary transportation to and from Jacksonville International Airport for new group business booked in 2011 and beyond. To qualify for the complimentary airport transportation a group is required to contract for a minimum of 50 rooms per night for 2 nights and 2 banquet meals daily.

For information on The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort and Convention Center, call 888-740-7020 or 904-940-8000, and visit .

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PR Contact: Karen Lamonica at (407) 788-7070, ext. 208, or NOTE: High-resolution photos of the resort may be downloaded from . Or, photos of the resort are available by contacting Karen Lamonica.