Bluegreen Corporation (“Bluegreen”), a leading timeshare sales, marketing and resort management company, announced today that Gary Byrd has joined the Company to serve in the newly created position of Chief Hospitality Officer, and Senior Vice President overseeing Resort Operations and Development. Mr. Byrd will be responsible for integrating Bluegreen’s Resorts Services, and Design and Construction operations as part of the Company’s continuing efforts to provide the highest level of hospitality in the industry.
Mr. Byrd joins Bluegreen from Wyndham Vacation Ownership (WVO), the industry’s largest developer and marketer of vacation ownership products, where he served as Executive Vice President, Hospitality Services from 2007-2011. He joined WVO in October 2006 as Senior Vice President, Operations. Prior to that, Mr. Byrd held several leadership positions with Hilton Grand Vacation Club, most recently as Senior Vice President, Resort Operations. His previous resort management experience includes senior leadership positions with Promus Hotel Corporation at properties located in Myrtle Beach, Kansas City and New Orleans. Mr. Byrd served as a member of the United States Army during Desert Storm. [member]
David Pontius, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, and President, Bluegreen Services, commented, “I am very pleased to welcome Gary to Bluegreen Resorts. Bluegreen has committed to a long-term strategy of being a pure-play vacation ownership, resort and hospitality company, and we believe that Gary’s background, experience, and accomplishments make him uniquely qualified to help lead those efforts.”
Mr. Byrd stated, “It is an exciting time for Bluegreen Resorts, and I look forward to partnering with the Company’s talented team of professionals to further strengthen our industry position, brand awareness, and reputation.” [/member]