Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa announced the promotion of Mark Phillips to director of sales & catering of the resort.

Leading his team with expertise and a gregarious attitude, Phillips will oversee group and leisure sales, catering and conference services, and the marketing department.

Phillips brings more than 20 years of experience in the luxury hotel sales industry to the position, having previously been the director of leisure sales at Rancho Valencia for the last three years, and holding numerous leadership roles prior to joining the Rancho Valencia family in 2013.

Rancho Valencia is happy to see Phillips grow as an executive team member and looks forward to linking the initiatives of the sales, catering, and marketing departments to all facets of the property.

Phillips began his journey in the hospitality industry as golf sales manager at Four Seasons Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad, Calif., following his graduation from California State University-Northridge with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management.

After ten years at Four Seasons Aviara, Phillips joined KSL Resorts as director of travel industry sales for La Costa Resort and Spa, also in Carlsbad, Calif., La Quinta Resort & Club in La Quinta, Calif., and Grand Wailea Resort & Spa in Wailea, Hawaii.

Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa features 45 acres of gardens, trails, olive groves, casitas and more just north of San Diego. The Mediterranean inspired, all-suite property offers 49 guest casitas with private patios, a three-bedroom Hacienda with a private pool and backyard as well as 12 residential villas. There is a variety of meeting space and event venues on-site, from a boardroom to The Sunrise Room and Terrace that can accommodate 200 to the outdoor gardens.