Leading Destination Club Expands Senior Management Team, Hires Ted Curtis as Chief Sales and Marketing Officer
ORLANDO, FL, (Feb. 5, 2010 — Ultimate Escapes, Inc. (NYSE Amex: UEI and UEI-WT), one of the world’s largest luxury destination clubs, announced yesterday the appointment of Ted Curtis as chief sales and marketing officer, reporting directly to President and CEO, Jim Tousignant. Mr. Curtis will be responsible for leading the company’s worldwide branding as well as overseeing the execution of Ultimate Escapes’ overall sales and marketing activities, including customer acquisition and retention strategies. Mr. Curtis has more than 20 years of sales, marketing and management experience in the leisure, hospitality and resort business and served as a consultant to Ultimate Escapes since November 2009.
“Ted Curtis will bring strong leadership to our expanding sales and marketing team,” states Jim Tousignant, president and CEO of Ultimate Escapes. “Ted has a strong track record of creating successful marketing strategies while managing sales teams in the resort and hospitality industry. We are excited about adding Ted to our senior management team to further extend our leadership position within the destination club industry.”
Mr. Curtis came to Ultimate Escapes with a breadth of experience in the resort and shared-use hospitality industry, most recently providing sales and marketing services to privately held vacation ownership companies with operations throughout the United States, Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa. Prior to that he served as senior vice president of sales and marketing for Celebrity Resorts, and senior vice president of sales and marketing for Trendwest Resorts, a subsidiary of the Cendant Corporation. In this position Mr. Curtis had direct operating responsibility for 2,000 employees, annual revenue generation of $550 million and full P&L performance.
Mr. Curtis also held the positions of managing director and vice president at Hilton Grand Vacations Company and was a director at Marriott Vacation Club, responsible for restructuring and growing the off-site sales channel. Prior to that Mr. Curtis, in partnership with Robert Trent Jones, Sr., developed the national award winning Ipswich Country Club in Massachusetts and held other senior sales and marketing positions with regional developers in the northeastern U.S.
Mr. Curtis holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Vermont.
About Ultimate Escapes®
Founded in 2004, Ultimate Escapes is the largest luxury destination club as measured by number of club destinations, and the second-largest destination club as measured by number of members. Ultimate Escapes offers club members flexible access to a growing collection of hundreds of multi-million dollar private residences and luxury hotels in more than 150 global club and affiliate destinations. Locations range from chic urban apartments to charming beach cottages, spacious five-bedroom homes to an 80-foot private yacht. Each trip is coordinated by experienced, knowledgeable staff, trained to handle every vacation detail. Additional information about Ultimate Escapes and its club and membership offerings can be found at www.ultimateescapes.com.
Forward Looking Statements
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SOURCE: Ultimate Escapes, Inc.