NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.

The Resort at Pelican Hill announced the appointment of Robert Marusi as director of sales and marketing, overseeing leisure travel sales, group meetings business and Villa luxury extended stay sales.

“With more than three decades of hospitality expertise, Robert brings a wealth of luxury hotel experience to Pelican Hill, where we continually focus on delivering Five-Star service to our leisure guests and group clientele,” said Pelican Hill Managing Director Tom Donovan. “Robert’s sales leadership will take us forward into the Resort’s ninth year of creating inspiring and memorable guest experiences along the coast of Newport Beach.

”Marusi will lead the 504-acre coastal destination’s initiatives to welcome the world’s most discerning leisure travelers, as well as groups of 10 to 400 guests for meetings, incentives, conferences and special events. He will also guide sales strategy for the Resort’s Villa Luxury Extended Stay Program, which offers fully furnished and equipped multi-bedroom Villas for a variety of home transitions, including extended vacations, job relocation, home renovation, frequent business travel and more.

Prior to joining Pelican Hill, Marusi headed sales and marketing for the Fairmont Hamilton Princess, Bermuda. Previously, he held global sales account management and destination sales executive roles with Marriott International. His hospitality career began in restaurant food and beverage operations, including serving as restaurant director on the leadership team for the opening of the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel. Marusi holds a Bachelor of Economics from University of California, Santa Barbara.

Set on 504 acres by the Pacific Ocean, The Resort at Pelican Hill features 128 two-, three- and four-bedroom villas with coastal views and 204 appointed bungalow guest rooms and suites with private terraces. The property boasts 23,000 square feet of function space, including the 4,200-square-foot Mar Vista Ballroom and 5,200-square-foot Mar Vista Event Lawn.