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Pete Ells Joins Management Team January 2012

OJAI, CA (January 19,  2012)-- Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, a AAA Five Diamond property located in Ojai, California, is pleased to  announce that Pete Ells will join the Inn’s management team as the new Managing Director effective January 23, 2012.

In his new role, Mr. Ells is responsible for overseeing all aspects of management at the 308-room Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, including the world-renowned Spa Ojai and George C. Thomas-built premier championship golf course.

“We are thrilled to have Pete Ells join the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa team as Managing Director,” says

Steve Crown, owner of the Inn and President of the Crown Corporation. “Pete’s comprehensive general management experience will ensure the Inn’s reputation for service excellence is maintained, and we are confident he will be a huge asset to the property as we begin our repositioning efforts in 2012.”

Mr. Ells has extensive experience in hospitality management, and was most recently General Manager of Royal Palms Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Arizona and General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, California. He has also served as the General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix and General Manager of The St. Anthony Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. In addition, he has over a decade of experience working in management roles at various properties in the Marriott Hotels and Resorts’ portfolio.

Mr. Ells holds a Bachelors Degree in Hotel/Restaurant Management from James Madison University and was a member of the James Madison Golf Team throughout the duration of his time at the university. During his leisure time, Mr. Ells enjoys playing golf, traveling, reading and spending time with his wife, Gayle, and children, Matt, Tyler and Courtney.

About Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

Since 1923, vacationing guests have sought the tranquil pleasures of the historic Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, a AAA Five Diamond property located on 220-tree shaded acres, located just an hour and a half north of Los Angeles and half-hour south of Santa Barbara. Affirmed by its many prestigious awards, the legendary Inn is one of the nation’s unique hidden treasures. For reservations: 1-800-422-6524, or on the Internet:



Murphy O'Brien Public Relations
Sharon Boorstin

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