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Benchmark Hospitality International Appoints Linda Cerra
General Manager of Montauk Yacht Club
The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, August 2007 … Benchmark Hospitality International has announced the appointment of Linda Cerra as general manager of the historic Montauk Yacht Club, located in Montauk, Long Island, New York.  Ellen Sinclair, vice president, made the announcement.

“I am very pleased to announce Linda’s newest appointment with Benchmark Hospitality,” said Ms. Sinclair.  “She has been an integral part of our organization since 1998 and brings significant experience in senior executive level management to her new role.”

Linda Cerra previously held the position of director of human resources for Montauk Yacht Club.  Over the years, Ms. Cerra has served in numerous special task force assignments for Benchmark Hospitality, including working with Hotel Contessa, located in San Antonio, Texas; Glen Cove Mansion Hotel and Conference Center of Glen Cove, New York; Danfords on the Sound, Port Jefferson, New York; Edith Macy Conference Center, Briarcliff Manor, New York; and Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. 

She joined Benchmark Hospitality working with Heritage Country Club of Johnson City, New York, where she served as director of recreation & fitness until she was promoted to club manager.

Ms. Cerra is a graduate of Broome Community College in Binghamton, New York.  She resides in Montauk.

Situated along a 22-acre waterfront, the historic Montauk Yacht Club Resort & Marina offers 107 comfortably elegant guestrooms with views of Lake Montauk, including 23 Villas.  The resort features superb dining in the Lighthouse Grill and lighter fare within the casual ambiance of Breeze’s Café.  Cohi Bar is the perfect setting for refreshments and relaxed conversation.  For an enhanced sense of well-being, the resort features the La Bella Vita Spa.  Social and corporate groups are accommodated in flexible event space, including ten elegant, state-of-the-art rooms and a newly renovated ballroom.  Unique teambuilding fishing trips are available for groups and countless leisure activities are provided for guests.  Montauk Yacht Club Resort & Marina boasts one of North America’s finest 18-hole golf courses only a half mile away – the renowned Montauk Downs State Park.  The resort’s 232-slip marina, which has been recognized by Yachting magazine as a “Top Ten Marina Destination in North America, Mexico & the Bahamas,” features comprehensive on-site amenities, including 2 outdoor pools, one indoor pool, WiFi access, and casual waterfront dining at Breeze's Café.  Craft capacity is 175+ feet with a maximum 12+-foot draft. For more information, visit www.montaukyachtclub.com.  Montauk Yacht Club is owned by Island Global Yachting and operated by Benchmark Hospitality International.

From the islands of the Caribbean to the azure waters of the Arabian Gulf and other beautiful yachting destinations around the world, Island Global Yachting (IGY) is redefining the very idea of luxury marina experiences.  Founded in 2005, IGY focuses on acquiring, controlling and/or servicing luxury-yacht marinas and the surrounding upland real estate properties. Island Global Yachting marinas operate under the signature Yacht Haven Grande collection and the IGY series brands, as well as several private labels. Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, IGY also has offices in New York, NY; St. Thomas, USVI; and Dubai, UAE. IGY is an affiliate of Island Capital Group LLC, a real estate merchant banking firm led and founded by Andrew Farkas, former chairman of Insignia Financial Group.  For more information, please visit www.igymarinas.com.

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: Real Estate Developer Andrew Farkas Wants to Redevelop the Montauk Yacht Club into a World Class Yachting Destination / April 2007
Benchmark Appoints Stewart Weiner GM for Danfords on the Sound, Area Manager for Montauk Yacht Club & Marina / January 2006
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