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The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort and Convention Center In Jacksonville/St. Augustine, Florida Names Pollard Assistant General Manager/Food & Beverage

JACKSONVILLE/ST. AUGUSTINE, FL (December 2012) – Andrew Pollard has been promoted to Assistant General Manager of Food & Beverage 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 food & beverage operations at the AAA Four-Diamond Northeast Florida resort, which includes overseeing operations for banquets, receptions, meetings, Villagio Italian Grille, and in-room dining. Together with the adjacent World Golf Hall of Fame, The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort and Convention Center is the largest combination hotel and convention center between Atlanta and Orlando, with 101,000 square feet of meeting and event space. 

Prior to his promotion Pollard served as the resort’s Director of Catering Operations, a position that he has held since July 2011. Before joining the resort he 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. 

“Andrew is the perfect person to oversee our award-winning food & beverage team,” said General Manager Jeffrey Oliasami. “His creativity, attention-to-detail, leadership, great rapport with meeting professionals and guests, and his ability to produce and oversee incredible banquets and events make him the perfect person for the position. In addition to working with Andrew at The Renaissance World Golf Village since last year, I had the good fortune of working with him 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.” 

Located within the lush 6,300-acre World Golf Village, The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort is the only Northeast Florida resort and convention center to receive the esteemed AAA Four Diamond rating. The honor is achieved by less than 4% of the AAA approved properties. Other honors recently bestowed on the resort include Successful Meetings magazine’s acclaimed “Pinnacle Award,” Corporate Meetings & Incentives magazine’s prestigious “2012 Paragon Award,Smart Meetings magazine’s esteemed “Platinum Choice Award,Meetings & Conventions magazine’s celebrated “Gold Key Award,” and Association Meetings magazine’s prominent “Inner Circle Award.” Additionally, the resort was named one of the “Top 121 Golf Resorts in the World” in Condé Nast Traveler magazine’s “2012 Readers’ Poll.” 

Not resting on its many laurels, the resort continues to enhance its offerings. This includes a dramatic renovation and expansion of its outdoor meeting, event and recreational space, which was completed in September 2011. The large project included new and expanded outdoor function space with beautiful brick pavers, elegant new furniture in conversational groupings, and a beautiful new fountain called La Piazza; as well as a new and expanded pool deck with new seating areas. The new outdoor function space, now named La Terrazza, is able to accommodate groups of up to 2,000 guests. With this expansion the resort added 15,000 square feet of new function space, bringing the resort’s offerings to 101,000 square feet of meeting and event space. 

Other enhancements at the resort in 2011 include: the opening of a new casually-elegant Italian Grille named Villagio; the addition of a new 450-square-foot, high-tech Masters Board Room; the opening of a new The UPS Store and Business Center on-site, for professional printing, binding, packing, shipping, and computer rental; the addition of a new destination services and event planning department; the addition of a picturesque new gazebo; and the opening of The Resort Shop, which serves a full menu of Starbuck’s coffees, pastries, breakfast fare, sandwiches, soups, salads, wraps, and desserts, as well as an array of local gifts and souvenirs. 

Also, the resort now features innovative White Glove Meetings Services which includes transportation to and from Jacksonville International Airport for new group business booked in 2013 and beyond, for groups that qualify. 

These enhancements follow a $10 million resort-wide renovation that was completed in 2008, which included the complete remodeling of guest rooms and suites, a dramatically-renovated lobby, newly-remodeled guest room corridors, and an expanded fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment. 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 options at the resort include two championship golf courses: Slammer & Squire and King & Bear (the only course in the world 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. Additionally, the resort features a sauna, pool, hot tub, and full-service concierge. 

Meeting offerings at the resort include the 26,450-square-foot St. Augustine Ballroom, which can accommodate 2,700 for receptions or 1,500 for banquets, as well the 6,845-square-foot Legends Ballroom and an array of additional meeting rooms. The resort features comprehensive high-speed Internet, teleconferencing, lighting and audiovisual services, a permanent registration desk, and full catering services. 

Guests and groups also are an easy walk to the one-and-only World Golf Hall of Fame, which is the ultimate destination for the celebration of golf’s greatest players, with fun interactive exhibits, and historic golf artifacts. Groups have the option to book events in this unique and inspiring venue, which can accommodate up to 500 for receptions and 250 for banquets. 

The World Golf Hall of Fame’s 300-seat IMAX® 3D Theater, and a variety of picturesque outdoor venues, are available as well. These include the World Golf Hall of Fame Courtyard, a stage and lawn area, an 18-hole real grass putting course, a 132-yard Island Challenge Golf Hole, and the half-mile Walk of Champions that surrounds a scenic lake. 

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

The resort also now provides a complimentary shuttle for individual guests (based on availability) to and from historic downtown St. Augustine. The service enables guests to easily visit such sites in St. Augustine, which was founded in 1565 and is the nation’s oldest city, as 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, and a variety of water activities. 

For information on the resort, call 888-740-7020 or 904-940-8696, or 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 and of Andrew Pollard are available by contacting Karen Lamonica.