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Jennifer Croce Appointed Director of Conference Services for Lockheed
Martin Center for Leadership Excellence in Bethesda, Maryland
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The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, September 2, 2008 -  Benchmark Hospitality International has announced the appointment of Jennifer Croce as director of conference services for the new Lockheed Martin Center for Leadership Excellence being constructed in Bethesda, Maryland.  The property is expected to open in February of 2009.  Ellen Sinclair, vice president Benchmark Hospitality, made the announcement.

“It is with great pleasure that we welcome Jennifer to Benchmark Hospitality,” said Ms. Sinclair.  “In her new position she will oversee the entire Conference Services operation for this wonderful new private corporate center.”

Jennifer Croce joins the Benchmark Hospitality organization following previous service as director of banquets for the Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch in Avon, Colorado.  She has also held senior property-level positions with SAS Management, a private golf and country club management firm.

Ms. Croce has been employed with the Ritz Carlton Naples Beach Resort in Naples, Florida, as well as the J.W. Marriott Executive Conference Center and the Statler Hotel at Cornell in Ithaca, New York.  A graduate of Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, she has relocated to the Bethesda area with her family.  

About Lockheed Martin Center for Leadership

The Lockheed Martin Center for Leadership Excellence will provide a world-class learning environment for the global Fortune 100 company’s leadership training and development program.  The center, which will be a private facility, will also provide a venue for Lockheed Martin meetings, conferences and other events.  The property will include 101,000 square feet of meeting and event space with a 250-seat amphitheater, eight large training rooms, and 18 conference rooms.  The new facility will also offer lodging accommodations, a full service restaurant and a fitness center for employees. 

Benchmark Hospitality International is a leader in the management and marketing of resorts, conference centers, hotels, and Personal Luxury Hotels™.  The privately held company, launched in 1980, is a founding member of the International Association of Conference Centers.  Benchmark is a worldwide organization operating over 30 properties representing major metropolitan and resort destinations.   Benchmark's international headquarters is located in The Woodlands, Texas, near Houston, with regional offices in New Jersey and Connecticut.  International offices are located in Tokyo and Santiago, Chile. For locations of properties and additional information, visit 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 International Selected to Operate New Lockheed Martin Center for Leadership Excellence in Bethesda, Maryland / March 2008
Mark Grosh Named General Manager for the Lockheed Martin Center for Leadership Excellence in Bethesda, Maryland / June 2008
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