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The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, August 14, 2013 - Benchmark Hospitality International®, a leading U.S.-based hospitality management company, has appointed Gary Harnist vice president of construction & design.  Alex Cabañas, Benchmark's president, business development & finance, made the announcement.  Mr. Harnist will be based in Benchmark's Home Office in The Woodlands, Texas, near Houston.

"It is an honor and a pleasure to welcome Gary to Benchmark Hospitality International," said Mr. Cabañas.  "This is a new position for our company and will be important as we continue to grow and add new projects that require specialized expertise in construction management."

Gary Harnist brings three decades of experience in construction and design management to his new position with Benchmark Hospitality.  He was previously senior vice president construction and design for Gatehouse Capital of Dallas, overseeing mixed-use, high-rise luxury residential, hospitality, restaurant, night club and retail projects.  Prior to this he served as senior director construction management for the Chicago-based General Growth Properties.

Mr. Harnist has held senior-level construction management positions throughout much of his career, including construction consulting services.  He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture.  He is relocating to The Woodlands.

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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  To become a fan on Facebook, visit, or follow us on Twitter at

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