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Benchmark Appoints Todd Gillespie Director of Sales & Marketing
for the Historic Bedford Springs Resort
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The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, May 5, 2006 Benchmark Hospitality International has announced the appointment of Todd Gillespie as director of sales & marketing for the historic Bedford Springs Resort.  The landmark property, situated on 2000 wooded acres near Bedford, Pennsylvania, within a two-hour drive from Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Washington, DC, dates to 1798.  The property has served seven US Presidents, including James Buchanan, who used it as his Summer White House.  Ellen Sinclair made the announcement.

"It is with great pleasure that I announce Todd Gillespie's new appointment," said Ms. Sinclair. "His success at Benchmark's Stonewall Resort and his extensive experience with signature historic properties in the region make him uniquely qualified to lead the sales and marketing effort at Bedford Springs.

Mr. Gillespie was previously director of sales & marketing for Stonewall Resort, a Benchmark Hospitality property located near Roanoke, West Virginia.  While there he was instrumental in establishing the property as a popular resort and meetings destination. He served in the same position for Glade Springs Resort of Daniels, West Virginia, when the property was managed by Benchmark. 

Gillespie held the title of national sales manager at The Greenbrier, the landmark property located in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.  Before this appointment, he was director of sales for the Rocky Gap Lodge and Golf Resort of Cumberland, Maryland. 

Earlier in his career, Todd Gillespie was national sales manager for the renowned Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and Spa of Farmington, Pennsylvania.  He began his career in hospitality as sales manager at the Lakeview Resort and Conference Center, located in Morgantown, West Virginia.

Mr. Gillespie is a member of several professional associations, including Meeting Professionals International; the Society of Association Executives Pennsylvania, Maryland, and West Virginia Chapters; and the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International.  He is relocating to Bedford, Pennsylvania.

About Bedford Springs Resort 

The historic Bedford Springs Resort, sections of which date to 1804, is undergoing a comprehensive renovation and expansion program to create a 210-guestroom Four Star-quality destination resort and conference facility.  The property is expected to reopen in the summer of 2007.

The National Historic Landmark resort has hosted such distinguished guests as Aaron Burr, Daniel Webster, and seven US Presidents, including  James K. Polk, William Henry Harrison, Zachary Taylor, Ronald Reagan (while Governor) and James Buchanan, who used Bedford Springs as his Summer White House. In 1857 in the Grand Lobby, President Buchanan received the first transatlantic cable from England's Queen Victoria. 

A classic 'springs resort' with many of the original buildings and architectural elements still in place, the restored and expanded Bedford Springs Resort will feature the Crystal Room restaurant, a colonial frontier-style tavern situated in the original stone building, over 19,000 square feet of meeting and event space with pre-function areas to accommodate a wide variety of groups, a restored 1905 swimming pool and solarium - one of the first in America, and the new spa complex.   The spa complex will total 30,000 square feet and have a full range of treatments designed around the seven unique springs that are part of the property and the history of the resort. There will also be a fitness area and a full service salon.

Outdoor amenities will include the restoration of the Donald Ross 18-hole golf course, a new pro shop.  Ross, widely considered the father of American golf architecture, re-designed the existing course in 1923 and added his signature features, such as small greens, serpentine bunkers, doughnut bunkers, false fronts on greens and more.  Also, the resort will offer three tennis courts, an outdoor pool and spa with sun decks, a snack bar, miles of hiking trails covering the surrounding 2,000 acres of natural wooded landscape, a mountain biking program, and a Kids Camp program.

Additional activities and amenities are an historic outdoor wedding grotto, spa garden, an outdoor pavilion on Red Oak Lake, fly fishing streams, river rafting, carriage rides and day excursions and cross country skiing in season.

Situated on 2000 acres just outside the charming borough of Bedford in south central, Pennsylvania, the Bedford Springs Resort is located on Highway 220, three miles south of Exit 146 of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.  Close to the intersection of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Interstate 70, the resort is a convenient two-hour drive from Baltimore, Washington, DC, and Pittsburgh, and two and one half hours from Philadelphia and four and one half hours from New York City.  To learn more about Bedford Springs Resort, visit www.bedfordspringsresort.com.  The property is owned by Bedford Resort Partners, Ltd.  Benchmark Hospitality International operates the resort.

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: John Ferchill of The Ferchill Group Leading the $89 million Redevelopment to Resurrect the Historic Bedford Springs Hotel / January 2006
Bedford Resort Partners, Ltd. Begins $90 million Restoration of the Historic Bedford Springs Hotel; Benchmark Hospitality Will Manage the 218 room Destination Resort and Conference Facility / September 2005


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