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Michael J. Taylor, GM of The Heldrich, Installed as
President New Jersey Hotel & Lodging Association
 
New Brunswick, New Jersey, June 2007 ... Michael J. Taylor, general manager of The Heldrich, the new hotel and conference center that opened in March in the heart of New Brunswick, New Jersey, has been installed as the president of the New Jersey Hotel & Lodging Association.   His term will extend from 2007-2010.
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Mr. Taylor is a 22-year veteran of the hospitality industry.  He has served in leadership positions during many of his two decades of service, including as general manager of North Maple Inn at Basking Ridge, New Jersey, where he previously was director conference services.  During Taylor's tenure there, the property was successfully repositioned and won numerous service and industry awards year after year.  For two consecutive years, North Maple Inn was named "One of the 50 Best Places to Work in New Jersey" by NJ BIZ, the statewide newspaper.   

Taylor has served as corporate conference services staff support for Benchmark Hospitality International.  In this capacity, he oversaw the conference service operations of 14 North American Benchmark properties. 

Prior to joining the Benchmark organization, Michael Taylor was director of convention services at the New York landmark hotel, The Waldorf=Astoria.  During his six-year tenure at this property a portion of his responsibilities included the coordination of visiting US and foreign dignitaries, such as Presidents Clinton and Bush, Pope John Paul II, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin of Israel and the Emperor of Japan.  Earlier in his career he was employed by Marriott Hotels where he participated in the pre-opening and transition teams for properties in Anaheim, San Diego, and Palm Desert, California. 

Michael Taylor has lectured at the New York University (NYU) Center for Hospitality Tourism and Travel.  He also served as NYU course instructor of Financial Management for Hospitality and Travel.  Taylor graduated from Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri, with a Bachelor of Science degree.  He earned a Master of Science degree in Hospitality Industry Studies from NYU.  In addition to his new role as president of the New Jersey Hotel & Lodging Association, Mr. Taylor serves on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Conference Centers.  He resides with his family in Metuchen, New Jersey. 

Michael J. Taylor (left) receives President's
Gavel from Joe McInerney, president of
the American Hotel & Lodging Association.  
Photo credit, Jay Mayer, Trenton Photographers.

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About The Heldrich
The Heldrich is located in the cultural heart of New Jersey in New Brunswick.  The property is situated at 10 Livingston Avenue, just west of the important US Route 1 and four blocks from the News Brunswick Train Station (serving the Northeast Corridor:  Boston-New York-Philadelphia-Washington, DC) and close to Exit 9 of the NJ Turnpike.  It is 45 minutes outside New York City and has rail service to Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR).   The Heldrich features a 248-guestroom luxury hotel, Christopher's Restaurant, serving freshly prepared specialties created in an exhibition kitchen to delight even the discriminating palate, Christopher's Bar, and an elegant ballroom, ideal for social and corporate gatherings.  For more information on The Heldrich, call 732-729-4670 or visit www.theheldrich.com.   The Heldrich is operated by Benchmark Hospitality International. 

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:

Ken Ellens
Ken Ellens Communications
201-758-2864 / 201-758-2865-Fax
KenEllens@aol.com 

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Also See: Benchmark Hospitality Appoints Michael J. Taylor General Manager for The Heldrich, a New $110 million Mixed Use Property in New Brunswick, New Jersey / March 2006
Benchmark To Manage Hotel & Conference Center within Heldrich Plaza, New Brunswick, New Jersey; 250 rooms, 50,000 square feet Conference Center / September 2003
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