Carter Hospitality Group has named longtime hotel executive James P. Pulver managing director of its two award-winning Temecula Valley properties: South Coast Winery Resort & SpaCarter Estate Winery and Resort – both situated in the heart of Southern California’s growing wine country.
In his new position, Pulver will oversee all day-to-day operations at both entities, directing resort and winery operations as well as more than 300 employees complementing his regional community involvement as a member of the 2024 board of directors of Visit Temecula Valley, the area’s official destination tourism and marketing organization.
“We are thrilled to have James join our talented team,” said Jeff Carter, president of Carter Hospitality. “He is a dedicated leader and strategic thinker whose considerable hotel experience – ranging from boutique hotels to golf resorts to high-end casinos – will be invaluable as we strive to further elevate the guest experiences at our two beautiful Temecula resorts.”
A veteran hotel industry executive, Pulver has nearly 30 years of experience in many facets of the hospitality industry. Most recently the general manager of Palm Springs’ Double Tree Hilton Golf Resort & Spa, Pulver also served as resort general manager of Palm Springs Colony Palms Hotel and Bungalows; general manager of the Hyatt Palm Springs; general manager of Hotel Max, a boutique hotel in downtown Seattle; and assistant general manager of the Wyndham Grand Desert Resort in Las Vegas. In his earlier career, he held multiple leadership roles with Starwood Hotels & Resorts for over 10 years.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from St. John Fisher University in Rochester, New York, and a Master of Science degree in business management from Colorado State University.