Miraval Group appoints new executives for operations, development

Miraval Group appointed three executives to lead the operation and growth of its upscale destination wellness resorts and Miraval Life in Balance Spas.

Paul J. McCormick was named SVP of operations, and S. Chevis Hosea and Matt MacDonald were appointed VP of business development. All report to Steven A. Rudnitsky, Miraval Group president & CEO.

McCormick provides operational oversight of the company’s growing portfolio of destination wellness resorts and Miraval Life in Balance Spas. He also serves as interim GM of the flagship Miraval Resort & Spa in Tucson, Ariz.

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Hosea oversees all facets of resort development, including real estate due diligence, entitlements, design, permitting and construction. MacDonald focuses on evaluating development opportunities including acquisitions, mergers, divestitures, licensing and management agreements and strategic partnerships.

“Paul McCormick is a proven hospitality executive with nearly 30 years of hands-on experience at all levels of operations,” Rudnitsky said. “Chevis Hosea is a seasoned leader with decades of valuable experience in the approval, design, construction and management of world-class resorts and recreational development projects. Matt MacDonald’s background in real estate management and acquisitions will be instrumental in driving Miraval Group’s growth.”

McCormick formerly was divisional VP of operations for Sage Hospitality’s Premier & Lifestyle division in Denver, responsible for 10 properties, including high-end hotels, a spa and health club.

From 1998 to 2014, he served KSL Resorts, an affiliate of KSL Capital Partners ─ Miraval Group’s parent company ─ in property leadership positions, including vice president & managing director of La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, California, during its ownership by KSL Resorts and, later, Omni Hotels & Resorts.

He also served KSL Resorts as VP & managing director of Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin and VP & GM of La Quinta Resort & Club & PGA West in La Quinta, Calif., and Grand Traverse Resort & Spa in Traverse City, Mich.

McCormick earned a bachelor of science degree in hotel, restaurant and casino management at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Hosea, a 22-year veteran of companies affiliated with KSL Capital Partners, formerly was VP of development for KSL subsidiary Squaw Valley Real Estate in Olympic Valley, Calif., and served in senior executive positions for other KSL entities, including KSL Recreation, KSL Resorts, KSL La Costa, KSL Land and KSL Encinitas.

Most recently Hosea managed design and the real estate entitlement process for the Village at Squaw Valley, a mixed-use project in North Lake Tahoe, Calif. Earlier, he completed the design, entitlement and development of projects totaling $250 million at La Costa Resort & Spa and predevelopment of the $200 million Encinitas Resort Hotel in California.

Prior to that, he completed over $350 million in development at La Quinta Resort & Spa & PGA West.  A Louisiana native, he earned a bachelor of business administration degree at University of Louisiana at Monroe ─ formerly Northeast Louisiana University ─ and a master of finance degree at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge.

MacDonald formerly was associate director of real estate investment management & acquisitions for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide in Stamford, Conn., where he helped manage the acquisition and disposition of wholly owned company hotel assets. Before that, he was Starwood’s manager of real estate investment management & acquisitions and an investment analyst in real estate management.

From 2006 to 2011, MacDonald worked for Madison Capital, a leading real estate investment and operating company, and Blue Lime, a marketing agency, in New York. He earned a bachelor of science degree in real estate and marketing at the University of Denver and a master of science degree in real estate finance at New York University.

McCormick, Hosea and MacDonald represent the newest members of Rudnitsky’s senior team, joining Thomas P. Botts, named SVP and chief marketing officer in April, and Sue Adkins, appointed VP of programming in February.

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