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Benchmark Hospitality Appoints Bryan Forsythe General Manager
at Berry Hill Plantation Resort in South Boston, Virginia
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The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, April 6, 2006 - Benchmark Hospitality International has announced the appointment of Bryan Forsythe as general manager for Berry Hill Plantation Resort, located in South Boston, Virginia.  Ellen Sinclair, vice president, made the announcement.

"It is with great pleasure that I announce the promotion of Bryan Forsythe to the position of general manager for Benchmark at the historic Berry Hill Plantation Resort," stated Ms. Sinclair.  "Bryan has served in several positions of responsibility within the company, always delivering excellence.  He is a great ambassador of the Benchmark culture."

Mr. Forsythe was previously director of operations for Stonewall Resort, Benchmark's 198-guestroom property located in Roanoke, West Virginia.  In this position, he oversaw all areas of the resort's operations, ensuring superior facilities and exemplary service delivery.  He was instrumental in the resort achieving Four Diamond status.  Forsythe's first position at Stonewall Resort was as food & beverage director.

Additionally, Bryan Forsythe has provided leadership within the Benchmark organization as field staff support.  In this capacity he worked directly with Benchmark's vice president of food & beverage supporting, training and educating staff at properties throughout the company's portfolio.

For two years Bryan Forsythe served as food & beverage director at Canaan Valley Resort of Davis, West Virginia.  During this period he oversaw the development and opening of a 400-seat ski lodge restaurant and bar.

Forsythe began his hospitality career at Benchmark's east coast flagship, Lansdowne Resort, located near Leesburg, Virginia.  While at Lansdowne he assumed positions of increasing responsibility, eventually becoming manager of the resort's Riverside Hearth and Stonewalls Tavern.

Bryan Forsythe is a graduate of Frederick College, located in Frederick, Maryland.  He is relocating to South Boston with his family.

Berry Hill Plantation Resort, located in South Boston, Virginia, offers a superb destination for special events and corporate meetings as well as unforgettable weekends of recreation and leisure. The historic resort is situated on 750 pristine acres and features 92 guestrooms, The Dining Room restaurant presenting Cajun Infused Plantation Cuisine, Darby's Tavern, 12 state-of-the-art meeting rooms, the Blackberry Spa, tennis courts, biking trails, fishing, an indoor swimming pool, saunas and a fitness center.  Wireless Internet is available throughout.  Built in 1842 and considered one of the finest examples of Greek revival architecture in the country, the former tobacco plantation is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been home to notable Virginians, such as Benjamin Harrison and Colonel Edward Carrington.  Berry Hill Plantation Resort is the perfect blend of 21st century luxury and 19th century southern hospitality.  It is situated between Richmond and Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, and is easily accessed by air via the Raleigh-Durham Airport.  To learn more about Berry Hill Plantation Resort, visit www.berryhillplantationresort.com.  Benchmark Hospitality International manages Berry Hill Plantation 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

Also See: Benchmark Re-opens the Berry Hill Plantation Resort in Virginia; Plans to Add 100 Rooms, Conference Center and Golf Course / July 2005
Benchmark Hospitality Assumes Management of Historic Berry Hill Plantation Resort, William H. Carder Appointed General Manager / February 2005

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