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The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, October 16, 2013 - Benchmark Hospitality International, a leading U.S.-based hospitality management company, has appointed Charles (Chas) Reece general manager of Bonaventure Resort & Spa, a Benchmark Resort® located in Fort Lauderdale.  Greg Champion, executive vice president & COO for Benchmark Hospitality, made the announcement.

"It is with immense pleasure that I welcome Chas to this landmark resort," said Mr. Champion.  "I can't think of a better professional than Chas to lead the property to great heights of achievement.  He was extremely successful in building a top-notch resort management team in his previous position and I know he'll use his managerial skill-set as effectively in Fort Lauderdale!"

This appointment represents the second leadership position Charles Reece has held since he joined the Benchmark Hospitality organization in 2008.  He was previously general manager of the company's Eaglewood Resort & Spa, located near Chicago.

Prior to joining Benchmark, Mr. Reece served as vice president hotel operations at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut.  He has extensive experience working with and bringing value to luxury hotels and gaming properties, and has held senior positions with the Hilton Harrisburg, the Hershey Philadelphia Hotel, the Vista International Hotels in Kansas City and New York, as well as Resorts Atlantic City and Trump Plaza in Atlantic City.  He began his career at the legendary Waldorf=Astoria in Manhattan. 

A native of Georgetown, Guyana, Chas Reece is an avid golfer and family man.  He and his wife are relocating to the Fort Lauderdale area.  

About Bonaventure Resort & Spa

Situated in the heart of the affluent neighborhood of Weston, Florida, Bonaventure Resort & Spa delivers an unparalleled resort experience that offers guests well-appointed accommodations, gourmet culinary options and a world-class spa. The AAA Four Diamond Resort, which became part of Benchmark Hospitality International's portfolio of hotels and resorts in September 2012, features 500 spacious guestrooms and suites, four swimming pools, fitness center, full service spa,  two championship PGA golf courses and multiple dining options, including the acclaimed AAA Four Diamond Ireland's Steakhouse.  Conveniently located just west of Greater Fort Lauderdale, the resort is just a short drive from Fort Lauderdale International Airport and offers guests easy access to area attractions including the nearby beaches, Florida Everglades eco-adventures, Sawgrass Mills Mall, the Bank Atlantic BB&T Center and nearby beaches.  For more information or reservations, please visit www.BonaventureResortandSpa.com, "Like" us on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter @BonaventureFL.

About Benchmark Resorts & Hotels®

Benchmark Resorts & Hotels® represents the finest in lodging, dining, recreational and meeting accommodations. Many are certified by the International Association of Conference Centers, the leading professional organization governing the multi-billion dollar conference center industry on five continents, and many have also been recognized with the coveted Benchmark Conference Centers® certification of meeting excellence.  Benchmark Resorts & Hotels deliver highly specialized service that anticipates guests' needs and ensures a hospitality experience unsurpassed and long remembered. www.benchmarkresortsandhotels.com.  To become a fan on Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/BenchmarkResortsandHotels, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BenchmarkHotels.

Contact: Ken Ellens - KEN ELLENS COMMUNICATIONS

KenEllens@aol.com / 201-758-2864

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