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Benchmark Appoints Ken Jesina General Manager
of Stonewall Resort, Weston, West Virginia

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ROANOKE, WEST VIRGINIA, January 2005 ...Benchmark Hospitality International has announced the appointment of Ken Jesina as general manager of Stonewall Resort, the 2,000-acre, $64 million conference resort located near Weston, West Virginia. 
 
Greg Parsons, outgoing general manager of Stonewall Resort, said of Mr. Jesina, "Ken is a consummate professional with a proven track record in the hospitality industry and with Benchmark Hospitality, which manages Stonewall.  His breadth of experience and personable nature will serve him well in this new role."

Ken Jesina has close ties to West Virginia.  He served as general manager for Glade Springs Resort in Daniels, West Virginia, from 1997 - 1999 and held multiple positions at the renowned Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs from 1990 to 1995, culminating in 


Ken Jesina
front office manager.  Jesina also has several family members living in West Virginia near Stonewall Resort.

Most recently, he served as general manager for Benchmark of The Council House, an exclusive international conference center for SC Johnson, a Family Company; Wingspread, a private conference center for the Johnson Foundation; and The Wingspread Guest House.  Wingspread is a historically significant property that was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.   

From 1999 - 2002, Ken Jesina held the position of rooms division director for the 2000-acre, boat-accessed island community of Bald Head Island Resort, located on Bald Head Island, North Carolina.  In this role he was responsible for managing the rental operations of 150 homes and condominiums.

Ken Jesina has been a part of the hospitality industry for over 18 years and been with Benchmark Hospitality International for the last five years.  He received a Bachelor of Science in Restaurant and Institutional Food Service Management from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. 

Stonewall Resort (www.StonewallResort.com) is a 208-guestroom property with a lakeside lodge and lakeside cottages, a conference center, restaurants, complete fitness center and swimming pool, spa and an 18-hole Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course. The resort is located at Stonewall Jackson Lake State Park near Roanoke, West Virginia.  Stonewall Resort is a joint private/public development between McCabe-Henley-Durbin and the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources.

Benchmark Hospitality International, an independent hospitality management company based in The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, operates resorts, conference centers and hotels both domestically and internationally. 

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Contact:
BENCHMARK HOSPITALITY INTERNATIONAL
The Woodlands (Houston), Texas
www.benchmarkhospitality.com

Ken Ellens
KEN ELLENS COMMUNICATIONS
201-758-2864-Phone  /  201-758-2865-Fax
KenEllens@aol.com

Also See: Greg Parsons Appointed General Manager of Eaglewood Resort & Spa / January 2005
Greg Parsons Appointed General Manager for the $50 million Stonewall Resort, Under Construction in Weston, West Virginia / Dec 2000


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