San Diego Business Journal Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad has named veteran hotelier Randy Zupanski as its new managing director.

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Randy Zupanski Managing Director Omni La Costa Resort & Spa

Zupanski, who will lead a seasoned team of hospitality professionals at one the area’s premier luxury resorts, comes directly from Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel in Taipei, where he was area manager and general manager.

 
Zupanski is a hotel operations veteran with more than 30 years’ experience in the hospitality industry with various brands in the U.S., Canada, Philippines and China.


“Joining both Omni Hotels and Resorts and the legendary Omni La Costa Resort and Spa is a tremendous opportunity,” Zupanski said this week. “We’re excited to implement our strategic capital plan over the next five years. It will encompass resort and golf, with the intent to retain our position as a leading luxury destination resort, attracting domestic and international travelers while also connecting locally as a place to be for all occasions.”


One of his key projects will be the upcoming renovation to Omni La Costa’s Champions Course in preparation for hosting the Men’s and Women’s NCAA Championship tournaments for three years, starting in 2024.

 
Once-in-Lifetime Opportunity


“That will truly be a game changer for the resort and will position our golf program and overall resort profile at the highest level,” Zupanski said. “Having the chance to collaborate with the legendary Gil Hanse and host the NCAA Championship is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our team. We are all extremely excited about the future opportunity to showcase the resort and new golf layout.”


Zupanski, a native Canadian, graduated from London’s Fanshawe College with a degree in hotel and restaurant management and has been honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award for Business Leadership in 2010. He’s studied at Cornell University, Hong Kong Wine School and Singapore Management University.

 
Prior to rejoining Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, he was general manager of the iconic Westin St. Francis in San Francisco, Westin Mission Hills in Palm Springs, Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia and Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver. He’s also been managing director of Raffles and Fairmont Makati in Manila, and general manager of Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver, Fairmont Newport Beach, and Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire.


 Zupanski also has served as board director of the Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce, and an honorary member of Les Clefs d'Or.


Onetime Celebrity Playground


The Spanish Colonial-style Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, originally created as a playground for celebrities and athletes, has more than 600 guest rooms, suites and villas, 110,000 square feet of meeting and event space, an athletic club -- and eight pools, including an adults-only pool.


A GOLF Magazine Top-100 Resort in North America and Golf Digest Editors’ Choice among Best Golf Resorts in California, the property features two iconic courses, Champions and Legends.


Complementing the world-class golf facilities, the resort also features the Golf Performance Institute and the 43,000-square-foot Spa at La Costa, which includes a private pool, waterfall showers, café and therapeutic reflexology path.


Omni La Costa Resort
Founded: 1965 (by Merv Adelson)
Managing Director: Randy Zupanski
Employees:
Website: www.omnihotels.com
Contact: (760) 438-9111
Notable: Following a successful $50-million renovation, Dallas, Texas-based Omni Hotels purchased La Costa in 2013.