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 Benchmark Appoints Jodi A. Doughty as Director of Sales
& Marketing for Hotel Icon, Houston
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The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, July 6, 2006 - Benchmark Hospitality International has announced the appointment of Jodi A. Doughty as director of sales & marketing for Hotel Icon.  This exclusive property is a Personal Luxury Hotel by Benchmark situated in the landmark Union National Bank building at the gateway to downtown Houston's arts & entertainment district.  Eric Adame, general manager, made the announcement.  
 
"It is my pleasure to welcome Jodi to Hotel Icon," said Mr. Adame.  "She has worked with first rate properties during her career and comes well-equipped to lead the sales & marketing programming here at Hotel Icon."
 
Most recently, Ms. Doughty was director of sales & marketing for the JW Marriott and the Ritz-Carlton of Jakarta, Indonesia, successfully navigating both luxury properties through turbulent times within the global hospitality industry.  While in Jakarta, Doughty served for a time as the executive director for the American Chamber of Commerce of Indonesia.
 
Ms. Doughty previously held the position of director of group sales for the St. Regis Hotel of Houston.  During her tenure at this property, the hotel won the prestigious Starwood Group Revenue Hotel of the Year Award.  Prior to this she served as director of group sales for the Park Plaza Warwick Hotel, also located in Houston.  She began her career in hospitality employed by the La Fonda Hotel and the Hilton Sante Fe, both located in Sante Fe, New Mexico.
 
Jodi Doughty attended Mesa Community College of Mesa, Arizona, and Arizona State University of Tempe, Arizona.  
 
Hotel ICON is the embodiment of Benchmark Hospitality International's more than twenty-five years of innovation and excellence in the operation and development of premium hotels, resorts and conference centers.  Located at the gateway to downtown Houston's thriving arts and entertainment district, the hotel features 135 guestrooms and nine penthouse suites; as well as Bank, a Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant; The Whiskey, a Rande Gerber/Midnight Oil Company bar; and the BALANCE Day Spa.  Hotel ICON is a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.  Benchmark Hospitality International operates Hotel Icon.
 
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: JW Marriott Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia, Remains Closed, 13 Persons Killed, About 150 Injured; Lobby and Restaurant Destroyed / August 6, 2003
Benchmark Set to Open The Hotel ICON, $35-million Reinvention of Houston's Former Union National Bank Building; Includes a Jean-Georges Vongerichten Restaurant / December 2003


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