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Benchmark Appoints Elizabeth Ramirez Director of Catering
For Glen Cove Mansion Hotel and Conference Center
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The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, September 19, 2006 - Benchmark Hospitality International has announced the appointment of Elizabeth Ramirez as director of catering for Glen Cove Mansion Hotel and Conference Center, located in Glen Cove, New York.  Sean McLaughlin, general manager of the property, made the announcement.

"I am very pleased to welcome Elizabeth to Glen Cove Mansion," stated Mr. McLaughlin.  "She brings remarkable career success in catering sales, working for first-class properties in Florida, New York  and Long Island.  We look forward to her sales leadership at our property."

Ms. Ramirez engaged in a year-long independent travel & research program previous to her new appointment at Glen Cove Mansion, visiting nine European countries and studying locally authentic food and wines. This included extensive time in Italy, primarily Tuscany, where she participated in wine tastings, grapevine management and grape harvesting.  She also observed chefs in Florence, studying menu creation, preparation and presentation techniques, including Chef Alessandro Panzani of Osteria dell'Olio, a Tuscan-French infused restaurant.  Ramirez put her European culinary knowledge to good use following her return, creating new recipes based on regional influences.

Prior to her culinary travels, Ramirez was conference services manager for the prestigious Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club of Aventura, Florida, where she was responsible for servicing groups of 10 - 1000 guests, in addition to major charity events.

Ms. Ramirez has served as assistant restaurant operations manager for the Diplomat Country Club, a Four Star restaurant and country club located in Hallandale, Florida.  She also held the position of captain and assistant banquet manager for Barton G. Design, Inc. of Miami.

Ms. Ramirez has been employed as catering supervisor for the Iroquois Hotel of Manhattan, poissonnier at Lutece and poissonnier/tournant of Arthur's 27, both Five Star restaurants in Manhattan.  She launched her career in food & beverage at The Garden City Hotel, of Garden City, New York.

Elizabeth Ramirez is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. She also earned a Bachelors Degree in Hospitality Management from Florida International University. Ramirez is fluent in Italian and Spanish.

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's Glen Cove Mansion Salutes the Community, Launches Operation Clean Up! / May 2006
Benchmark Appoints Thomas Barretta Food & Beverage Director at Glen Cove Mansion Hotel and Conference Center / June 2006

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