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The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, October 2015 … Benchmark Hospitality International, a leading U.S.-based hospitality management company, has announced the appointment of Calvin J. Banks as director of training and development.  Karen DiFulgo, senior vice president, human resources, made the announcement.


“It is with great pleasure that I welcome Calvin to Benchmark Hospitality International,” stated Ms. DiFulgo.  “I can’t imagine anyone more qualified or credentialed to lead our training and employee development programming.  We’re glad he is a part of our human resources team!”


Calvin Banks brings more than two decades of experience within hotel management, food & beverage and entertainment to his new role with Benchmark.  He was most recently director of training for The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.  He has served in several positions of increasing responsibility for Gaylord Hotels, including director of training and senior training manager.


Mr. Banks is a former president of the Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers.  He is a member of the Education and Certification Advisory Committee for the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute, and is a member of the Department of Labor competency model panels for both the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation and the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute.  Banks has been named a “40 Under 40 Rising Star” by Full Service Restaurant Magazine and received the Doctorate of Food Service Award from the North American Food Equipment Manufacturers Association. 


Calvin Banks is a graduate of the University of Texas, Arlington, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Kinesiology.  He received his Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix.  Mr. Banks is a Certified Hospitality Trainer through the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute, and a certified instructor through Development Dimensions International.  He is relocating to The Woodlands with his wife Kayci and their daughters Kylah, Hanalee, Helaina, and Hayvn.


About Benchmark Hospitality International

Benchmark Hospitality International® is a recognized global leader in the management and marketing of resorts, hotels and conference centers.  The company’s two distinctive portfolios of properties, Benchmark Resorts & Hotels®and Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels®, represent the finest in guest-dedicated hospitality in unique destinations across the United States, in the Caribbean and Japan.  Benchmark Conference Centers® maintain the highest standards for certification in meeting excellence.  Benchmark Hospitality was launched in 1980 as an independent company and today operates worldwide from offices in The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, and regional offices in New Jersey, Washington State, Japan and Chile.  For additional company information visit  To become a fan on Facebook, visit, or follow us on Twitter at

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