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New General Manager and Director of Sales & Marketing at Sandestin Marriott Courtyard and Residence

New General Manager and Director of Sales & Marketing at Sandestin Marriott Courtyard and Residence

Tobin Williams was appointed General Manager and Ronald Couget was named Director of Sales and Marketing at the Courtyard by Marriott Sandestin and Residence Inn by Marriott Sandestin at Grand Boulevard.

Both Marriott properties are Howard Group developments and are managed by Sandestin Investments LLC, the parent company of Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.

According to John Russell, president of Sandestin Investments LLC, Williams and Couget bring a great deal of experience and record of results to their new positions. “We are confident that their leadership will mean a continued focus on guest satisfaction at these two top hotels on the Emerald Coast,” said Russell.

Tobin Williams joins the Sandestin Marriotts from White Lodging Services where he was the Lead General Manager for several properties including the Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites and Fairfield Inn & Suites in the Greater Indianapolis metropolitan area.

He was previously with Alliance Hospitality in Albany, New York, as General Manager of the Hilton Garden Inn and with Tharaldson Lodging, where he served as East Coast Area Director. He began his hospitality career with CSM Lodging, where he served as General Manager for the Country Inn & Suites and TownePlace Suites by Marriott in Milwaukee/Brookfield, WI.


Williams is the recipient of many hospitality awards and recognition including “Best-Practice” Property Champion by Cornell University and the American Hotel Foundation, Best Team Approach to Revenue Management & Forecast Accuracy from Alliance Hospitality and Area Director of the Year, Extended Services Division with Tharaldson Lodging.

Ron Couget is Director of Sales & Marketing for the Sandestin Marriott Courtyard and Marriott Residence Inn and has oversight of all sales and marketing activities for both Marriott properties.

Couget joins the Sandestin Marriotts from the Hilton Sandestin Beach Resort & Spa where he most recently held the position of Director of Sales and formerly held the positions of assistant director of sales and sales manager, southeast territory. Couget has also held a variety of sales leadership roles with Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, MS, The Fairmont Hotel, New Orleans, LA, Le Meridian Hotel, New Orleans, LA, and the Clarion Hotel New Orleans, LA. Couget began his management career in rooms operations at the Monteleone Hotel, New Orleans.

Couget received his bachelor’s degree from the University of New Orleans. Couget has also successfully completed several industry sales related training programs including, “Sharpen Your Business Communications Skills” (Lyon Sales Institute); “Director of Sales Training” and “Customer Focused Selling” (Hilton Hotels Corporation) and “Mastering Sales Productivity” (Master Connections Associates). He is a member of Meeting Professionals International (MPI).

The Residence Inn and the Courtyard Sandestin at Grand Boulevard are managed by Sandestin Investments LLC and owned by the Destin development company, Howard Group. The hotels are located at Grand Boulevard at the gates of the 2,400-acre Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Welcoming guests to a stunning setting on the scenic Gulf Coast, these Marriott hotels offer all the privileges of the resort including private beach access, spa services, shopping, eateries/nightlife and marina access, via resort tram service. Residence Inn hotel suites feature full kitchens and separate living and sleeping areas. Residence Inn offers free Wi-Fi and is pet-friendly. Each hotel has a beautifully landscaped outdoor pool, hot tub and fitness center. The Residence Inn offers a complimentary hot breakfast buffet each morning and complimentary social hours on select evenings. Discounted breakfast rates are offered at the Courtyard additionally enjoy a full service bar open nightly.

Grand Boulevard offers a dynamic lifestyle experience with convenient access to a multitude of exclusive shopping and dining options, entertainment, professional services, corporate offices and lodging.