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The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort In St. Augustine Names Paul Daum Assistant General Manager/Director of Beverage & Food

ST. AUGUSTINE, FL (May 2011) – Paul Daum has been named Assistant General Manager/ Director of Beverage & Food at The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort and Convention Center in 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, the 500 South Restaurant & Bar, 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 86,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

Prior to joining The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort and Convention Center, Daum served for three years as the Assistant General Manager of Beverage & Food at the AAA Four-Diamond Renaissance Oklahoma City Convention Center Hotel and Spa in downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Previous to that, the 20-year hospitality industry veteran served as the Director of Catering Operations for the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. His extensive experience also includes: five years with the international event company The Art of the Party Inc. in Orlando, Florida; tenure as a member of the opening team for Marriott Praia De El Rey Hotel in Lisbon, Portugal; and being tapped to be a member of Interstate Hotels and Resorts’ “Food & Beverage Advisory Council.”

“We are very pleased to have Paul Daum now overseeing the food & beverage operations at The Renaissance Resort,” said Jeffrey Oliasami, the resort’s general manager. “I worked with Paul 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 absolutely outstanding job. He will work with our exceptional Executive Chef Brett Smith to take The Renaissance Resort’s culinary – for banquets, meetings, weddings, our restaurant, and in-room dining -- to the next level.”

Oliasami added, “He has special flair, and is a true visionary, for developing leading-edge food & beverage concepts, and for putting together custom events that are incredible. Meeting professionals and event specialists will love working with him to create truly memorable and unique first-class programs.”

Located within the lush 6,300-acre World Golf Village, the resort is the only Northeast Florida resort and convention center to receive the prestigious AAA Four Diamond rating. The honor is achieved by less than 4% of the AAA approved properties.

Situated adjacent to the impressive World Golf Hall of Fame, the resort completed a $10 million resort-wide renovation in 2008, which included the complete remodeling of guest rooms and suites, a dramatically-renovated lobby, newly-remodeled guest room corridors, an expanded fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment, enhanced meeting space, and the opening of 500 South Restaurant & Bar.

Guest rooms and suites feature 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 10-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.

To make it easy for guests to enjoy area offerings, The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort is now offering complimentary transportation to and from historic downtown St. Augustine for its guests. This new service enables guests to easily visit such sites in St. Augustine, which was founded in 1565, as the historic Castillo de San Marcos fortress, The Fountain of Youth, and the popular 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, Carriage Rides, Whetstone’s Chocolate Factory, Lightner Museum, Flagler College, and a Scenic Cruise.

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

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