Paramount Hospitality Management Appoints Rod O’Connor as General Manager of The Grove Resort & Water Park
Paramount Hospitality Management's (PHM), The Grove Resort & Water Park Orlando announces the appointment of hospitality veteran, Rod O'Connor, as General Manager. With more than 25 years of experience in the industry, Rod oversees all day-to-day operations of the 878 all-suite property, including management of the executive team.
A passionate and devoted hotelier, Rod has worked with various hotels over the course of his career including Avanti International Resort and Floridays Resort in Orlando; and the Breaker's Palm Beach Luxury Resort, an acclaimed resort in South Florida. He's also held roles at other leading hotel companies including Wyndham Hotels; Adams Mark Hotels; and Aramark Corporation, regarded as one Fortune Magazine's most admired companies. Rod is also involved in the community and previously served a five-year term of the Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association (CFHLA) Board of Directors.
"Rod has been with the PHM family for more than ten years and we are thrilled to have Rod step into the role of General Manager at The Grove Resort & Water Park Orlando," said Marco Manzie, Founder/President, Paramount Hospitality Management. "Leading a large-scale hotel like The Grove in one of the most magical cities in the world is a big undertaking, but we know that Rod is up for the challenge and our guests will be in excellent and safe hands."
The Grove offers 878 all-suite, residential-style accommodations that includes spacious two- and three-bedroom suites with full kitchens, living and dining areas, full-size washer/dryers and screened patios. Services and amenities are exceptional including its onsite Surfari Water Park featuring an interactive surf simulator, the FlowRider®, multiple slides, a lazy river stretching almost 700 feet, and its own poolside eatery, Longboard Bar & Grill. Other standout features include three additional swimming pools, Flip Flop's Family Fun Center with indoor glow-in-the-dark mini golf, water sports at The Grove's Lake Austin Pier, a full-service spa, children's activity center, 6,000 square-feet of flexible meeting and event space, and four additional dining options including the large-scale grab-and-go Alfresco Market; The Springs Bar & Grill at The Springs Pools; and The Grove's main restaurant, Valencia. The Grove also provides a complimentary shuttle to the Walt Disney World Transportation & Ticket Center as well as a Walt Disney World kiosk for park information and ticket sales.
The Grove Resort & Water Park Orlando is owned by a joint venture between certain affiliates of Westport Capital Partners and BTI Partners, with BTI Partners as the development partner. Orlando, Florida-based Paramount Hospitality Management manages the property as part of its portfolio of hotels.