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 John Shea Named Director of Food & Beverage
for Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, Virginia
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The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, July 5, 2006 ... Benchmark Hospitality International has announced the appointment of John Shea as director of food & beverage for Lansdowne Resort, a luxurious 305-guestroom property located in Leesburg, Virginia, near Washington, DC.  Tom Manno, managing director, made the announcement.

"John Shea brings a lifetime of experience with him to Benchmark, having worked at some of the finest operations in the world," said Mr. Manno.  "We look forward to his expertise and dedication as we continue to reposition Lansdowne and expand our extensive food and beverage operations."

A distinguished hotelier, John Shea was most recently food & beverage director for the Boca Raton Resort & Club, a signature property located in Boca Raton, Florida.  For over a decade prior to this, Shea demonstrated his entrepreneurial and culinary talents by designing, operating and owning Dudley's Restaurant of Lexington, Kentucky.  The restaurant has been rated a Top 500 dining establishment within the United States. 

Earlier in his career, Mr. Shea opened the Grand Hyatt Hotel, located at Grand Central Station in New York City.  During the 1990s, he served as the restaurant manager for Windows on the World, the renowned restaurant previously located on the 107th floor of One World Trade Center in lower Manhattan, New York. 

John Shea is a native of Brooklyn, New York.  He is a graduate of Hofstra University, located in Hempstead, New York, with a degree in Abnormal Child Psychology.  Shea is an avid golfer and lover of fine food and wine. He and his wife are relocating to Virginia.

Lansdowne Resort (www.lansdowneresort.com) is the capital region's premier, full-service resort.  Operated 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 the spring of 2006, the resort unveiled Spa Minérale, a 12,000 square foot full-service spa, and in the fall will open 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, 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: Tom Manno Appointed Managing Director for the 305 room Lansdowne Resort Near Washington, D.C. / February 2006


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