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Seasoned hospitality executive is the first new Managing Director at the prestigious Oregon resort in 10 years

(Sunriver, Ore.) March 10, 2008-Sunriver Resort, Central Oregon's premier AAA Four Diamond resort, is pleased to welcome Thomas O'Shea as the new Managing Director at Sunriver Resort Limited Partnership. Since the acquisition of Sunriver Resort and its affiliates in 1993 by Lowe Hospitality Group, Destination Hotels & Resorts and Pactrust, O'Shea is the third Managing Director in two decades to lead this great organization. Prior to O'Shea, Charlie Peck held the position from 1993-1998 and Tom Luersen from 1998-2008.

"I have known Tom and his style of management for nearly 18 years," says Tom Luersen, current Regional Managing Director-Pacific Northwest Lowe Hospitality Group. "His commitment to excellence will serve our business, associates, and customers well at Sunriver Resort. Tom shares the guiding principles that we pride ourselves on, and offers new resources to our team leaders to help manage the tremendous opportunities found within Sunriver Resort Limited Partnership."

O'Shea comes to Sunriver via Benchmark Hospitality where he served in several executive positions during his 22 years with the company. Most recently, O'Shea served as Senior Vice President, overseeing the Western United States for Benchmark. While in the position, O'Shea oversaw multiple resorts, including the Resort at Squaw Creek, Chaminade in Santa Cruz, CA, and Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs, CO among many others. Prior to his 15-year role in operations, O'Shea served as the Corporate Controller for Benchmark. Before joining Benchmark, O'Shea also held the position of Director of Operations for the Loews Anatole Hotel in Dallas, TX, one of the largest convention hotels in the United States.

In addition to his extraordinary work history, O'Shea has spent the his career giving back to the communities in which he lived and worked by actively participating in organizations such as United Way, where he served on the board; as an advisor on the Santa Cruz Business Council; and as an advocate for the Santa Cruz and California Literacy Initiative and the California Children's Health Initiative.

Sunriver Resort, a Destination Hotels & Resorts property located in central Oregon, features nearly 250 guestrooms and more than 400 vacation rental properties comprised of private homes and condominiums. Sunriver Resort is a year-round outdoor enthusiast's dream with 63 holes of championship golf-including the resort's newest community, Caldera Springs with a new 9- hole executive course-28 tennis courts, 35 miles of paved bike paths, three swimming complexes, horseback riding, canoeing and kayaking, fly fishing, skiing and snowboarding at nearby Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Plus, there's the resort's Sage Springs Club & Spa, first-class programs for youths and teens, a nearby shopping village and nature center. The JELD-WEN Tradition, Oregon's biggest golf event and one of five major championships on the Champions Tour, will be held August 11-17 at Sunriver Resort's Crosswater Golf Club, one of Golf Magazine's "Top 100 You Can Play." The tournament's weekend rounds will be televised by The Golf Channel. For more information, visit

Destination Hotels & Resorts is a privately held lodging management company headquartered in suburban Denver, Colo. With more than 30 independent, luxury and upscale hotels, resorts, and golf clubs, Destination is the fifth largest independent hospitality management company in the country. The company's portfolio features more than 7,000 guest rooms, 10 golf courses and 12 full-service spas. Destination Hotels & Resorts properties are located in key metropolitan and resort markets including Washington, D.C., Houston, Denver, Dallas, San Diego, Santa Fe, Aspen, Austin, Phoenix, Portland, Palm Springs, Maui, and Lake Tahoe. For more information on the properties in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection, please visit

Jessica Rodriguez, Phone: 323.871.1151, e-mail:

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