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A place like no other. An experience like no other. A team like no other. The heart and soul of this extraordinary place lives and breathes in the very individuals that make things happen.

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Our Group Sales Team

Midwest

Reint Venker

Director of National Sales

Originally from The Netherlands, Reint started his Sea Island career as an assistant golf professional in 2002. In 2009, he moved into Conference Sales, where he is now a Director of National Sales, focusing primarily on the Midwest through Texas. He loves exploring all that Sea Island and the Golden Isles have to offer with his wife and two children. In addition to spending quality time at home or the beach, Reint and his family enjoy traveling together.
Northeast

Richard Scott

Director of National Sales

Richard grew up in Ontario, Canada. He made his way south to study and play college golf at the University of Georgia. Richard joined the Sea Island family in 2015 as Golf Sales Manager. In 2017, he moved into National Sales, where he is currently a Director of National Sales, focusing on the Northeast and International markets. Richard enjoys playing golf, fishing, and spending time outdoors with his wife and daughter.
Southeast

Alicia Villela-Minnis

Director of National Sales

Born and raised on the West Coast, Alicia now enjoys calling Coastal Georgia home. Her Sea Island career began in 2011 on the Food & Beverage team before joining the Conference Sales team. In her role as Director of National Sales, she focuses on the Southeastern United States. Alicia enjoys the beach and spending time with her family.
Westcoast

Brendan Bowen

Director of National Sales

Since 2002, Brendan has contributed to a variety of teams within the Sea Island family, including Food & Beverage, the Sales & Information Center (SINC), and most recently, Conference Sales.  In his role as Director of National Sales, Brendan represents the Sea Island brand by serving clients and prospects based in the mid-Atlantic and western United States.  Brendan lives on Saint Simons Island, Georgia and enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, as well as golf, reading, and being active.

Jessica Villela-Clark

Executive Meetings Manager

Jessica settled in the Golden Isles after spending most of her childhood traveling, living in several states, and living abroad for several years. She has been a part of the Sea Island family since 2006. She held several positions in the Food & Beverage and Conference Services departments before moving to Conference Sales. In her role as Executive Meetings Manager, Jessica serves clients seeking a world-class venue for intimate conferences, meetings, and gatherings. Jessica enjoys spending time with her two children and has a passion for sharing her love of cooking and wine with friends and family.

Emily Rose

Executive Meetings Manager

After growing up in the Midwest, Emily has called the Georgia coast her home since 2014. Emily began her career in hospitality at Sea Island as a Front Desk Agent and joined the Conference Sales team a couple years later. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and their Chihuahua mix, reading with her Book Club, and exploring new destinations as often as possible.

Lee Giles

Golf Sales Manager

Born and raised in Georgia, Lee came to work at Sea Island in 2011 as an associate in the Golf Shop. After working several positions in Sea Island’s Retail and Golf departments, he now serves as Golf Sales Manager. In his currently role, Lee is responsible for corporate and social golf groups of 12 or more people. Lee and his wife have three sons and make their home on Saint Simons Island. In his spare time, Lee loves to golf, fish, and play sports with the kids.

David Furnish

Vice President of Sales & Marketing

Originally a Hoosier, David has spent more than thirty years in the hospitality industry.  He moved to St. Simons Island, GA to join the Sea Island team in 2016. Formerly the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Gaylord National outside of Washington D.C., he also spent twenty years in a variety of leadership positions with Marriott and Gaylord Hotels while living in Tampa,FL; Point Clear, AL;Nashville, TN; and eventually  the D.C. area. David enjoys spending time with his family, beautiful Coastal Georgia weather, and going on an occasional motorcycle ride. 

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