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Benchmark Hospitality Appoints Danny Watts Director
of Rooms at Stonewall Resort in Weston,
West Virginia

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THE WOODLANDS (HOUSTON), TEXAS, May 2005 - Benchmark Hospitality International has announced the promotion of Danny Watts to director of rooms for Stonewall Resort, a AAA Four Diamond resort located in Weston, West Virginia. The announcement was made by Ken Jesina, general manager, who said  "I truly look forward to Danny's continued success and positive influence as part of the management team and the future of Stonewall Resort."  This is a well deserved promotion."

Mr. Watts brings more than 20 years of operations experience within the hospitality industry to his new role.  He previously served as Stonewall Resort's front office & revenue manager. 

In his new role, Watts will oversee the property's Front Office and Central Reservations System along with the resort's presence and pricing on the Global Distribution System.  He will also be responsible for the day-to-day management of the resort's Housekeeping department and oversee the Mountain Laurel Spa.

Danny Watts was one of the first associates hired by Benchmark at Stonewall Resort.  His role at the property has grown steadily since the 208-room lakeside lodge opened in the fall of 2002.

Prior to joining Benchmark, Watts held the position of restaurant manager and wine consultant for Meriwether's Market Restaurant, located in Lynchburg, Virginia.  He served previously as wine sales representative for Sims Wholesale and general manager of Crown Sterling's Niblick Division.  During his tenure here, Watts oversaw a staff of 35 and was responsible for food and beverage purchasing and quality control.

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.  For locations of Benchmark Hospitality properties and for additional information, visit Benchmark's Website at www.benchmarkhospitality.com.

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Contact:

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

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

Also See: Benchmark Appoints Ken Jesina General Manager of Stonewall Resort, Weston, West Virginia / February 2005
Benchmark Opens the Stonewall Resort, A Joint Private/public Development in Weston, West Virginia / Oct 2002


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