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Benchmark Appoints Keith Battaglia Director of Sales & Marketing
For Glen Cove Mansion Hotel and Conference Center
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The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, May 2006 - Benchmark Hospitality International has announced the appointment of Keith Battaglia as director of sales & marketing for Glen Cove Mansion Hotel and Conference Center, located in Glen Cove, Long Island, New York.  Sean McLaughlin, general manager of the property, made the announcement.

"Keith has a highly distinguished record with Benchmark Hospitality, including a period that he worked for the company's properties in Manhattan," stated Mr. McLaughlin.  "We are extremely pleased to have him back in New York to lead the sales & marketing program at the Glen Cove Mansion."

Keith Battaglia was most recently director of sales for The Northland Inn, a Benchmark property located near Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Under his leadership, The Northland Inn exceeded top line group sales for the first time in over 10 years, representing nearly a 100% increase in booking pace year-over-year.

Battaglia previously served as director of sales for The Chattanoogan, Benchmark's property located in downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee.  While at the property his organizational, training and account management skills generated significant business volume for the hotel.

Mr. Battaglia also served as director of sales for the former World Trade Institute Conference Center, now the Downtown Conference Center, located in lower Manhattan, New York City.

Keith Battaglia was part of the opening team for the AT&T Learning Center, later re-branded as North Maple Inn at Basking Ridge (New Jersey), serving as sales manager.  He previously served as marketing manager for the opening of the JP Morgan Conference & Training Facility, located on Wall Street in New York City.

A native of New York, Mr. Battaglia earned his bachelor's degree from Boston University.  He has relocated to Glen Cove.

The award-winning Glen Cove Mansion Hotel and Conference Center is situated on 55 secluded and landscaped acres on Long Island's historic Gold Coast, 30 minutes from New York City, JFK International and LaGuardia Airports.  The spacious Georgian-style mansion features stunning vistas of Long Island Sound and was once part of a prestigious collection of gracious country estates, later becoming one of the nation's first dedicated conference center hotels.  Today the elegant property features 196 richly appointed guestrooms, including four suites, the Garden Room Restaurant with magnificent views of the terraces, a large and comfortable pub, private dining rooms ideal for social and corporate occasions, as well as vast outdoor reception areas overlooking the mansion's Gilded Age gardens.  The property offers 25,000 square feet of event and meeting space, with 27 dedicated conference rooms accommodating from 10 to 280 guests, advanced meeting technology, an executive business center and conference concierge services.  Wireless Internet access is available throughout.  Also provided are complete fitness and recreational facilities, including a sauna, steam and massage rooms, indoor swimming pool and whirlpool, garden swimming pool, racquetball courts, bowling alley, lighted tennis courts, jogging trail and a sports field.  Golf is available nearby.  Ideal for executive retreats, corporate meetings and social gathering, the Glen Cove Mansion Hotel and Conference Center is masterfully designed to integrate gracious accommodations, superb cuisine and attentive service with contemporary comforts and the latest technology.  For more information on the Glen Cove Mansion Hotel and Conference Center, visit www.glencovemansion.com.  Benchmark Hospitality International operates the property.

Benchmark Hospitality International, an independent hospitality management company based in The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, operates resorts, conference centers, hotels and condominium resorts 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 Appoints Sean McLaughlin General Manager of Glen Cove Mansion & Conference Center / February 2006
Keith Battaglia Appointed Director of Sales for The Northland Inn in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota / May 2004


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