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Tom Manno Appointed Managing Director for the 305 room
Lansdowne Resort Near Washington, D.C.
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The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, February 2, 2006 - Benchmark Hospitality International has announced the appointment of Tom Manno as managing director for Lansdowne Resort, the luxury property located in Lansdowne, Virginia, 30 minutes from Washington, D.C.  Sam Haigh, president & chief operating officer of Benchmark, made the announcement.

"It is with great pleasure that I announce the addition of Tom Manno to the Benchmark team at Lansdowne Resort," stated Mr. Haigh.  "Tom's whatever-it-takes business approach, his extensive resort experience and his strong sales and marketing background make him ideally suited to assume the leadership role at this remarkable resort.  We have known Tom for a number of years and are thrilled to have him with us."  

A veteran hotelier with nearly three decades of exemplary marketing and operational experience, Tom Manno was most recently corporate senior director of sales and operations for Regent International Hotels, where he was responsible for the pre-opening of hotels and resorts in the eastern United States, Europe and Asia.  In this role he was active in the re-branding process for Regent's cruise line and hotels worldwide.

Mr. Manno previously served in the leadership role of vice president and general manager for the signature Doral Golf Resort & Spa of Miami, where for several years he led a team that significantly grew revenues each successive year.  During this time, Manno also managed the $100 million resort-wide renovation program.

Tom Manno has served as area manager for Westin Innisbrook Resort of Tampa, as general manager for The Ritz-Carlton of St. Louis, and as vice president and managing director of the PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.  He was the executive vice president at The Biltmore Hotel Company and its subsidiary, the American Travel Academy, and served as executive director for the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau.  

Mr. Manno launched his career in hospitality serving in a variety of positions of increasing responsibly for Hyatt Hotels in locations from Washington, D.C., to Hawaii, including assistant vice president of sales & marketing. 

Tom Manno received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Trenton State College.  He has contributed to numerous industry organizations, serving in leadership positions, including president of the Austin Hotel & Motel Association and president of the St. Louis Hotel & Area Hotel Association. He and is family are relocating to Virginia.

Lansdowne Resort (www.lansdowneresort.com) is the capital region's premier, full-service resort.  Managed by Benchmark Hospitality International, the resort is situated on 500 + acres of secluded countryside along the Potomac River near Leesburg, Virginia.  Lansdowne features 305 freshly renovated luxury guestrooms and suites, a multi pool aquatic complex, 36 holes of championship golf, including the new Greg Norman Course, a new 45,000 square foot clubhouse, and six dining outlets.  In February 2006 the resort will unveil Spa Minérale, a 12,000 square foot full-service spa, and in the summer, a 9-hole Greg Norman-designed short course, bringing the golf complex to 45 holes.

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: Regent International Hotels Appoints Tom Manno as Senior Director of Sales and Operations / June 2005
LaSalle Hotel Properties Acquires the 296-room Lansdowne Resort for $115.8 million; Benchmark Hospitality Continues as Manager / June 2003

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