The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain Announces Director of Sales & Marketing, Stephen Deucker

The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain is pleased to announce the appointment of Stephen Deucker as Director of Sales & Marketing. Mr. Deucker will lead the Sales and Marketing efforts for the new 850 acre resort in the high Sonoran desert. With over 23 years in the hospitality industry, 19 have been with the same parent company and the last five as Director of Sales and Marketing at the AAA Five-Diamond-rated Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota.

There Mr. Deucker was accountable for the creation and implementation of integrated marketing programs, leading innovation, driving sales, advertising and public relations programs, and creating world class teams that consistently exceed strategic goals. He was also responsible for launching and positioning three new Sarasota business units which included The Ritz-Carlton Members Beach, Spa and Golf Clubs. 

“Stephen brings unprecedented experience and expertise from his history with The Ritz-Carlton to his new position,” said Bill Rhodes, Senior Vice President Operations, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC. “We have long hoped to open a world-class resort in the Arizona desert, and we believe the Dove Mountain project, which includes Jack Nicklaus Signature golf courses and a 17,000 square foot spa, will appeal to affluent leisure travelers as well as groups seeking a resort for meetings in a luxury environment. We are thrilled to have Stephen join us during this pivotal time in the project and believe he will play an integral role in our success.”

The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain

Stephen completed his undergraduate studies at Johnson and Wales University where he double majored in Marketing and Hospitality Management and recently received his Masters in Business Administration from The University of South Florida. Stephen is a current nominee for Tourism Leader of the Year, an honor to be awarded in May by the Sarasota Convention and Visitors Bureau.  He was awarded Special Achievement in Sales and Marketing for the Southeast Region in 2007 and is a two time Chairman’s Circle winner. Additionally, Stephen was awarded “Sales Team of the Year” in 2000 for exceeding revenues and strategically overcoming an incredible pace deficit.  Stephen began his career managing many different departments, including the Front Office and Conference Services.

“I am extremely excited to be working on a project with the potential to be the finest resort in the country,” said Deucker. “The Ritz-Carlton has established itself internationally as one of the world’s most powerful luxury brands, and this new, exclusive resort will, without a doubt, be the finest in luxury desert vacationing with world-class amenities, a spectacular Sonoran Desert setting, and legendary, personalized service. And I look forward to bringing it all to life.”

In line with the global hotel company’s evolving design philosophy to offer hotels with an authentic “sense of place”, The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain—designed by HKS Hill Glazier Studios of Palo Alto, California—will be a low-rise, four story building embracing the style and feel of the desert southwest and is scheduled for completion in fall of 2009.

The main building of adobe block, straw-flecked stucco, clay tile and native stone will include 226 lavish guest rooms and suites. Separate buildings nearby will feature 24 individual casita rooms and suites. Every guestroom and suite will offer views of the expansive desert terrain including lush desert vegetation, rugged rock formations, and ancient petroglyphs. In addition to the open space within Dove Mountain, the 2,400-acre Tortolita Preserve borders the southern edge of Dove Mountain. The Tortolita Mountain Park borders Dove Mountain to the north, offering 3,000 undisturbed acres and some of the most eye-pleasing vistas in the Southwest.

The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain will offer a range of amenities and features to appeal to the luxury seeking traveler market. Group meetings and special events, including weddings, will have a variety of spaces to select from, including two ballrooms of 9,000 and 4,800 square feet. Three restaurants from gourmet to casual poolside grill will all include al fresco dining to enjoy the desert vistas and sunny, year-round weather.

The 17,000- square –foot spa and fitness center will feature an array of treatments and special services from wellness counseling to beauty and anti-aging therapies. Twenty miles of hiking trails wind through the desert. Wood-burning firepits provide a unique opportunity to watch the sun set over the desert. Tennis, swimming, and biking will add to the recreational opportunities at the resort.

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. of Chevy Chase, Md., (U.S.A) currently operates 71 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. More than 30 projects are under development around the globe with future openings including Shenzhen, China and Lake Tahoe, California. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige, National Quality Award, which recognizes outstanding customer service. For more information or reservations contact a travel professional, The Ritz-Carlton U.S. toll free reservations line at 1 (800) 241-3333, or visit the company web site at

About The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain Community

The half-billion-dollar Ritz-Carlton development in northwest Tucson includes a 250-room Ritz-Carlton resort hotel and spa, The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club featuring Jack Nicklaus Signature courses, and a Ritz-Carlton branded residential community. Encompassing 850 acres within the Dove Mountain master-planned community, the new Ritz-Carlton project will be the ultimate in luxury vacationing as well as luxury living in the high Sonoran Desert. The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain is a casually elegant yet sophisticated resort hotel that will meld into its high Sonoran Desert setting, with amenities and services synonymous with The Ritz-Carlton name and an architectural style authentic to the Arizona southwest. With views of Jack Nicklaus Signature golf set among towering Saguaros, approximately 300 highly customized Ritz-Carlton Residences offer a fluid series of indoor and outdoor spaces to be enjoyed year-round. Twenty custom estate home sites round out the real estate offering, and a 50,000-square-foot clubhouse complex will provide a home base for residents and members. Despite close proximity to both Tucson and Phoenix, it’s easy to sense a profound connection to nature with the lush Palo Verdes, majestic Saguaro cactus and the untamed beauty of the Tortolita Mountains embracing the The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain community. For further information, please visit: or call 520.572.2700 or toll free 877.572.2770.


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