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JUPITER, Fla., – January 26, 2009 – Renae Cassam has been appointed spa director at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club & Spa, Jupiter. With over 20 years experience in the luxury realm, she is now responsible for managing the renowned spa facilities at the 285-acre private residential community.

Cassam's career in hospitality began in 1986 as a concierge at the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort and Convention Center. Within the same year she transferred to the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile and in 1987 she was promoted to chief concierge at the San Francisco Marriott. In 1990, Cassam found herself back in Orlando, Fla. to serve as director of towers and concierge operations on the opening team of the Walt Disney World Dolphin.

In 1994, Cassam joined the Suite Hotel Underground Atlanta as the general manager where the hotel showed both financial gain and high occupancy rates. Cassam relocated to Dubai, United Arab Emirates in 1996 to serve as general manager for the Royal Hospitality showroom, which showcased luxury and high end suppliers of home furnishings from around the world. Two years later she served as general manager of Home Furnishings where she oversaw the opening of the new Dubai store and traveled extensively through Asia to source new products to many of the city's top luxury hotels.

Cassam moved to Doha, Qatar in 2003 where she served as both general manager and director of sales for Living-In-Interiors, which targeted upscale customers with interior decoration needs. In 2005, Cassam returned to the United States as spa director of the Wellness Spa by Jurlique at the Intercontinental Hotel Buckhead Atlanta. Her spa experience was further enhanced in 2008 as spa director of 29 Spa at the Mansion on Peachtree, a Rosewood Hotel also in Atlanta.

"We are very excited to have Renae join our Ladies and Gentlemen. Her caliber of experience and track record enhance the already exceptional team at the resort's spa," said David Tyson, general manager of The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club & Spa, Jupiter. "Her world class knowledge will allow us to continue in The Ritz-Carlton service tradition that our Members expect."

A native of Grand Rapids, Mich., Cassam graduated from The University of Detroit with a Bachelor of art degree in liberal arts. She also has a passion for helping the hearing impaired and has spent many hours volunteering at the Piedmont Hospital assisting hearing impaired patients.

About The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club & Spa, Jupiter
The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club & Spa, Jupiter is the first private country club community built by The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. It features four distinctive home-ownership options – The Villas, The Residences, The Estates and the deeded, fractional ownership, Ritz-Carlton Club Homes that provide Members with 35 days of luxury vacation living annually. The Audubon-certified, Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, as well as The Ritz-Carlton Spa, primarily serve residents of the property, although a limited number of non-resident memberships are available. Member amenities include the golf course and spa, a 68,000 square-foot clubhouse, tennis courts, members' lounge, locker rooms with stewards, a resort-style swimming pool with waterfalls, a Ritz Kids program and private dining facilities including a Ritz-Carlton signature restaurant and a casual pool bar and grill. For further information, please visit

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