The Pointe South Mountain Resort Embarks On New Beginning With Destination Hotels & Resorts

As of August 21, 2000, Destination Hotels & Resorts (DH&R) is the new management company of the Pointe South Mountain Resort (formerly The Pointe Hilton South Mountain Resort) in Phoenix. Owned by MONY/PSM Properties, the 640-suite resort is retaining its world-class amenities and its long-standing team of resort professionals, while enhancing guest service with new on-site sales, marketing and reservations staffs, as well as a host of exciting physical projects that will embellish the resort experience.
“The independent philosophy of Destination Hotels & Resorts complements MONY`s vision for the resort. We selected DH&R for their expertise and credibility in repositioning the Pointe South Mountain Resort as a distinctively unique experience for conference groups, business and leisure travelers,” said Dave Bland, Director -Hotel Investments of MONY. “In a market abundant with chain-affiliated hotels, DH&R has garnered a reputation for delivering exceptional hotel experiences to its customers, while providing solid returns for their investors.”

Pointe South Mountain Names Executive Team The Pointe South Mountain management team is as follows: Newly-appointed Managing Director Ron Olstad, most recently from the Westin Stonebriar Resort in Texas, will oversee vision, positioning and owner relations. General Manager J.D. Smith, a 15-year Pointe veteran, will continue to oversee the resort`s day-to-day operations. Creating the new sales force is Director of Marketing Andre Fournier, most recently from DH&R`s Vail Cascade Resort, along with the newly appointed Director of Sales, Dan Sierka who brings 13 years of hotel sales experience. Mike Riccio, a 19-year Pointe veteran, continues as the director of Catering & Conference Services, a post he has held the last eight years; Shawn McGowan, a 5-year Pointe veteran, continues as the director of Food & Beverage; and Walter Leary is executive chef, a position he has held for the past four years.