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Benchmark Appoints Gregory Allowe Managing Director
at Naples Bay Resort, Naples, Florida
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The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, October 2008 … Benchmark Hospitality International has announced the appointment of Gregory Allowe as managing director for Naples Bay Resort, the luxury property that opened earlier this year in Naples, Florida.  Sam Haigh, president and chief operating officer, made the announcement.

“It is with great enthusiasm that I welcome Greg to the Benchmark Hospitality team at Naples Bay Resort,” said Mr. Haigh. “He brings a strong record of successes and vast hospitality experience to his new position.”

Greg Allowe stated, "It is with extreme pleasure that I assume the leadership of Naples Bay Resort.  I look forward to working closely with Benchmark Hospitality and the property’s ownership, enabling Naples Bay Resort to operate at its maximum potential."

Throughout his distinguished career, Greg Allowe has built a solid reputation for positive hands-on leadership with each successive appointment.  He brings an important sales and customer-focused orientation to his new role.

Mr. Allowe previously served as president of GAP Hospitality Consulting, where he was responsible for opening an independent luxury resort located in Breckenridge, Colorado.  Allowe has served as vice president and managing director for The Townsend, a Preferred Hotel located in Birmingham, Michigan, and as general manager for the Nordic Hills Resort of Itasca, Illinois.

Earlier in his career, Greg Allowe invested ten years with Hyatt Hotels, serving as director of operations for the company’s property in Schaumburg, Illinois. He also held key positions with Hyatt properties in New Orleans, San Francisco, Denver and Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  Allowe began his career with Hyatt in food & beverage operations and the rooms department.

Mr. Allowe lives in the Naples area and brings intimate knowledge of this destination market to his new role.

About Naples Bay Resort 

The 20-acre Naples Bay Resort is ideally situated on the Gulf of Mexico in southwest Florida. Guests at the AAA Four Diamond-rated property can select from a choice of luxurious accommodations, including The Cottages, 108 two- and three-bedroom villas; and The Hotel, which features 65 designer-furnished, one- and two-bedroom suites and 20 guest rooms. Restaurants include Olio on Naples Bay, Bonefish Grill and Bluewater Bar & Grill. Recreation facilities include a spa and fitness center; full-service tennis center with six lighted, Har-Tru courts, pro shop and lessons; Pilates, aerobics and yoga classes; lagoon-style, lazy river, children and lap pools; and private cabanas. The resort’s 97-slip marina incorporates a Yacht Club, waterfront pool, ship’s store, fuel dock and rental boats, including 22-foot Kayot and 24-foot Everglades boats.

Naples Bay Resort – a proud member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts – is located at 1500 Fifth Avenue South, Naples, Fla. 34102 and is operated by Benchmark Hospitality International.

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 Appoints Robert Villalta Director of Operations and Finance at Naples Bay Resort, Naples, Florida / August 2008
Benchmark Hospitality Appoints Peter M. Carl Executive Chef of Naples Bay Resort / June 2008
Benchmark Hospitality Appoints Roy A. Young Managing Director for Naples Bay Resort / July 2006
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