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Thomas Pfordresher Appointed Director of Travel Industry Sales For Grande Lakes Orlando


Michaelann Millrood / Paige Scala
Laura Davidson Public Relations /



Orlando, FL – March 27, 2015 – Thomas Pfordresher has been appointed Director of Travel Industry Sales at Grande Lakes Orlando. In this position, he will be responsible for oversight and execution of the resort’s leisure strategy. 

Mr. Pfordresher brings more than 20 years of industry experience to Grande Lakes, having previously held similar positions with Busch Gardens & Adventure Island and SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment in Florida, Missouri, and Virginia. His experience includes leading sales initiatives for group sales, developing strategic direction for marketing initiatives, and leading the event services and in-market hospitality marketing teams of Busch Gardens & Adventure Island in Tampa.

“We are pleased to welcome Thomas to the Grande Lakes Orlando team,” said Karen Englund, Director of Sales & Marketing, Grande Lakes Orlando. “He will be a valued asset to our resort’s sales efforts.”

Mr. Pfordresher received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of South Florida and received his Master of Business Administration from Webster University.

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About Grande Lakes Orlando
Grande Lakes Orlando is a 500-acre resort with a luxury 582-room Ritz-Carlton and deluxe 1,000-room JW Marriott hotel situated at the headwaters of the Florida Everglades. Orlando’s luxury leader provides an authentic, local experience from its farm-to-fork dining offerings to its Grande Lakes Adventures Experiences, which include kayaking, eco-tours on Shingle Creek, and a fishing school. Grande Lakes presents the culinary mastery of award-winning Chefs Norman Van Aken and Melissa Kelly’s PRIMO, and the resort recently opened both on-site apiaries and an 18,000-square-foot Whisper Creek Farm, serving as a fruit & vegetable garden, chicken coop, and outdoor event space. In September 2014 the resort opened a new casual dining restaurant, Highball & Harvest at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando.

Guests at both hotels can enjoy all the facilities and services at Grande Lakes Orlando, including the 18-hole championship golf course, designed by Greg Norman, the 40,000-square-foot Ritz-Carlton Spa with total-wellness treatments and a rooftop eco-space. The Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott are connected by a robust conference center, with more than 150,000 square feet of meeting space, 6 ballrooms, 46 breakout rooms, and over 107,000 square feet of outdoor space. The estate is located 15 minutes from the Orlando International Airport, five minutes from the Orange County Convention Center and minutes from the major theme parks. Membership offerings are also available through The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes Members Club. For more information about Grande Lakes Orlando, visit Follow Grande Lakes Orlando on Twitter at @RC_Orlando and @JW_Orlando.

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