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Meet Our Groups

Portofino Island Resort is a favorite with groups of all sizes and types. Our beautiful setting, numerous amenities and attentive staff provide all the necessary ingredients for a successful gathering. We’d like to introduce you to some of the groups that have chosen Portofino for their events and hope you find some inspiration in their stories.

Austal Executive Leadership Meeting

With more than twenty years of event planning experience, Elizabeth Loving initially became acquainted with Portofino while performing a Google search for nearby resorts. Loving, who is the executive assistant to the president and COO for Austal, manages events for the global shipbuilding company, which has its U.S. headquarters in Mobile. Just two weeksaway from a Wednesday-through-Sunday executive leadership strategy meeting, she received a last-minute phone call: her confirmed reservation with another resort could not be honored because the venue was overbooked. Complicating matters, Austal’s meeting was to take place during the Fourth of July week. The original venue wanted her party to arrive later and depart earlier, or shift the dates of her time-sensitive meeting for busy executives. Revising the calendar seemed less practical than attempting to find another location, so Loving began looking online. Portofino’s sales manager, Amy Luna, responded quickly with a solution.

“Portofino shuffled and maneuvered to make it happen,” says Loving. “Without a doubt, it’s a beautiful piece of property, but what made the real difference were the staff and their attention to every detail.” From staging a condo as a boardroom to recommending and coordinating the live entertainment, the team worked seamlessly to meet the group’s needs. “They were very organized and worked wonderfully together. Everything was in place, and when I wanted to reach different staff members, they were a phone call away.”

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