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New Leadership at Terranea Resort

Tuesday November 13th, 2012 - 1:05PM

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, CA—Terranea Resort has a new leadership structure and strategic direction, led by EVP and Managing Director Terri A. Haack. The new executive appointments are:

Shawn Jervis has been named general manager and will report directly to Haack. Jervis will be responsible for all aspects of Terranea’s operations and guest services and brings more than 20 years of experience in the hotel and hospitality industry to the role. He joined the resort as director of operations and food and beverage, in advance of the $450-million property’s opening in June 2009, and launched and developed the resort’s f&b landscape. Prior to his role at Terranea, Jervis spent nine years at the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua in Maui, and has also held leadership positions at properties such as the Grand Wilea, Maui; The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Dearborn, MI; Adams Mark Hotel, CO; and Renaissance in Washington, DC.

Executive Chef Christian Schmidt has been named director of food and beverage and culinary operations and will now oversee both front- and back-of-the-house f&b operations, in addition to his role as executive chef and corporate culinary director for Destination Hotels & Resorts.

Chef Michael Fiorelli has been promoted to executive sous chef and will oversee the resort’s eight f&b outlets, in-room dining department and catering and banquet services. He will continue to play a major role in Terranea’s daily culinary operations as a member of the f&b strategic team.

Formerly sous chef at Terranea Resort’s signature restaurant mar’sel, Rebecca Merhej has been promoted to chef de cuisine of the restaurant. Prior to mar’sel, Merhej worked alongside Chef Michael Fiorelli under the direction of Chef Kerry Simon of Simon LA.

Carlo de Leon has been promoted to assistant director of food and beverage and will be responsible for the overall management of the resort’s extensive f&b operations. De Leon has more than 16 years of hospitality industry experience.

Jun Sur has also been promoted to assistant director of food and beverage and will oversee the banquets division. Sur has more than 17 years of experience in the f&b industry. Prior to joining Terranea, Sur was the acting food and beverage director at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua. He has also served as food and beverage manger for the Hyatt Regency Maui and was an assistant beverage manager at The Westin Maui.

Jennifer Yang will have the new title of service delivery analyst, expanding her current position as assistant to the EVP and managing director.