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Benchmark Hospitality Appoints Tom Cupo General Manager
at Virginia Crossings Resort in Richmond, Virginia

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THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS, September 2005 - Benchmark Hospitality International has announced the appointment of Tom Cupo as general manager of Virginia Crossings Resort, a AAA Four Diamond property located in Richmond, Virginia.  Ellen L. Sinclair, vice president for Benchmark, made the announcement.

"It is with distinct pleasure that I announce the appointment of Tom Cupo as general manager for Benchmark at Virginia Crossings Resort," stated Ms. Sinclair.  "Tom's strong leadership skills, dedication to his staff and commitment to success are truly outstanding!"

Tom Cupo was previously director of operations for The Chattanoogan, an urban-based conference center located in downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee.  He assumed this role during the important pre-opening phase of the hotel. 

Cupo has been active throughout his tenure with Benchmark in providing operational support and leadership to several other Benchmark properties.  He has served as interim general manager for The Northland Inn of Minneapolis and The Kingbridge Center in Toronto.

Mr. Cupo was previously director of property operations at Benchmark's North Maple Inn of Basking Ridge, New Jersey.  While in this position he received the certifications of Real Property Administrator and Facilities Management Administrator from the prestigious Building Owners and Managers Institute, located in Arnold, Maryland. The certifications cover all aspects of property management with an emphasis on asset management, design and operation, real estate law, finance, and business ethics. 

Tom Cupo began his hospitality career in 1990 in engineering at The Governor Morris Hotel, located in Morristown, New Jersey.  His first position for the renowned property was chief engineer. He was later promoted to property manager. 

A man of diverse interests, Cupo has a private pilot license. He and family are relocating to Richmond. 

Virginia Crossings Resort (www.virginiacrossingsresort.com) is a AAA Four Diamond property that offers 183 guestrooms, a full service restaurant, sports lounge and the adjoining Crossings Golf Club - a Joe Lee-designed championship course that is one of the most playable and scenic 18-hole courses in Virginia. The hotel is 90 miles from Washington DC, 90 miles from Norfolk and 75 miles from Charlottesville.  Richmond International Airport is just 20 minutes away.   Benchmark Hospitality International manages Virginia Crossings Resort.

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

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Also See: Benchmark Assumes Management of Virginia Crossings Resort / May 2002
Scott Spurlock, GM at Virginia Crossings Resort, Appoints Executive Management Team / August 2002


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