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Benchmark Hospitality International Appoints Laura Batchelor Director of Operations
at The Chattanoogan, Chattanooga, Tennessee


Will continue role as Director of Conference Services


The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, October 2011 … Benchmark Hospitality International, a leading U.S.-based hospitality management company, has named Laura Batchelor director of operations for The Chattanoogan, the only Four Diamond, full service resort in the heart of revitalized Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Tom Cupo, general manager, made the announcement.
 
“I’m so pleased to announce Laura’s promotion,” said Mr. Cupo.  “She has done a terrific job in her role as director of conference services, and we look forward to her expanded leadership within our hotel operations.”
 
While assuming her new responsibilities as director of operations, Ms. Batchelor will continue in her previously-appointed role as director of conference services for the award-winning conference center hotel.  
 
Prior to joining Benchmark in 2007, Laura Batchelor was director of catering and resort services for Mount Snow Resort of West Dover, Vermont.  Previous to this, Ms. Batchelor served in operations and facilities management for a large law firm based in Washington, DC.  She has also worked in food & beverage and operations for major brand hotels located in Kentucky and Washington, DC. 
 
Laura Batchelor is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.  She resides in Chattanooga with her family.

About The Chattanoogan

The Chattanoogan hotel, Chattanooga’s only AAA Four Diamond-rated full-service hotel, is a five-story upscale property with 199 guest rooms and suites, a 25,000 square-foot conference center with comprehensive meeting planning and audiovisual support services, three outstanding dining establishments, and a pampering day spa.
 
The Chattanoogan is conveniently located within a two-hour drive from Atlanta; Nashville, Tenn.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Huntsville, Ala.; and Birmingham, Ala.  It is within walking distance of the city’s museums, galleries, retail stores, restaurants and the Tennessee Aquarium. 
 
For more information or reservations, call (423) 756-3400, toll free (877) 756-1684, or visit The Chattanoogan’s newly redesigned Website at www.chattanooganhotel.com.  Benchmark Hospitality International operates The Chattanoogan.  

About Benchmark Hospitality International
Benchmark Hospitality International is a leader in the management and marketing of resorts, conference centers, hotels, and Personal Luxury Resorts & HotelsSM.  The independent company, launched in 1980, is a worldwide organization operating properties in major metropolitan and resort destinations.  Benchmark's international headquarters is located in The Woodlands, Texas, near Houston. Benchmark Hospitality is also a founding member of the International Association of Conference Centers.  The company's eastern regional office is in New Jersey, western regional office is in Washington, with international offices in Tokyo, Japan, and Santiago, Chile. For the location of Benchmark's properties and additional information, visit www.benchmarkhospitality.com.
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Contact: 

Ken Ellens
KEN ELLENS COMMUNICATIONS
201-758-2864
KenEllens@aol.com

Angela Southard Winther
Winther Communications
(843) 881-4824
AWinther@winthercommunications.com


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