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The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, January 24, 2014 - Benchmark Hospitality International®, a leading U.S.-based hospitality management company, has appointed Erik Johnson vice president, owner advisory group, for Benchmark's hospitality owner advisory and asset management business. Mr. Johnson will be based in Benchmark's Atlanta regional office, expanding Benchmark's presence in the southeast.  Alex Cabañas, Benchmark's president & CEO, made the announcement.  

"I am excited to welcome Erik to Benchmark Hospitality International," said Mr. Cabañas.  "We've been talking with Erik for a few years about joining the Benchmark family.  He comes to us with exceptionally impressive credentials and key contacts within our industry to help grow this line of business for us.  Erik is highly skilled in owner relationship management, which is a crucial aspect of his new role at Benchmark."

Erik Johnson was previously managing principal of North Point Advisors, a firm he founded specializing in hotel asset management, investment advisory and owner support services to a wide variety of hotel owners and developers.  Prior to launching his firm, Mr. Johnson was vice president for Reynolds Hotel Group, a private equity company based in Atlanta, where his responsibilities included developing the hotel investment and asset management platform and overseeing the company's investment in The Ritz-Carlton Lodge at Reynolds Plantation.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Johnson served as director of investment analysis for InterContinental Hotels Group, where he was responsible for leading market feasibility and investment analysis initiatives for new hotel management and franchise contract opportunities for IHG brands.  Mr. Johnson began his hotel real estate career at CNL Financial Group, where he served several subsidiaries within the company, including CNL Hotels and Resorts.

Erik Johnson is a graduate of the University of Florida where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. He resides in Alpharetta, Georgia. 

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.  As a founding member of the International Association of Conference Centers, 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 www.benchmarkresortsandhotels.com/development. To become a fan on Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/BenchmarkResortsandHotels, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BenchmarkHotels.

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