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The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, August 21, 2014 - Benchmark Hospitality International®, a leading US-based hospitality management company, has named Jerry Jensen director of sales and marketing for Hotel Contessa.  Les Utley, general manager for the property, a Benchmark Hotel® located in San Antonio, Texas, made the announcement.

"We are pleased to welcome Jerry to Hotel Contessa," said Mr. Utley.  "He brings with him an impressive background of success in sales leadership, and extensive knowledge of both group and leisure travel markets.  He also fully understands the Benchmark 'Be The Difference' service culture, having been with our company previously.  We are glad to have him join our executive team here in San Antonio."

Jerry Jensen is a hospitality veteran with more than 30 years of experience in hotel sales and marketing.  Previously, Mr. Jensen was director of sales and marketing for Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center of Scottsdale, Arizona.   He has served in the same role for a variety of properties throughout the western United States, from large downtown convention hotels to boutique resorts, upscale independent properties and major brands. In addition, he has held area and regional director of sales and marketing positions.            

Mr. Jensen is a graduate of the University of Houston where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science.  He is a Certified Hospitality Sales Professional, and, in his free time, is a professional jazz musician. Mr. Jensen has relocated to San Antonio.

About Hotel Contessa

Nestled in the heart of downtown San Antonio on the banks of the famed River Walk, the AAA Four Diamond Hotel Contessa reflects the rich heritage of 20th century Spain, embracing its unique architecture, hospitality and cuisine.  The 12-story hotel features 265 luxurious suites, 10,000 square feet of meeting and event space, a Woodhouse Day Spa, fitness center and a heated, outdoor rooftop swimming pool.  Its signature, award-winning restaurant, Las Ramblas, features authentic Spanish Mediterranean cuisine, while the hip Cork Bar offers an array of signature, hand-crafted cocktails and scenic outdoor patio overlooking the River Walk.  Hotel Contessa was also ranked by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the 'Top 100 Hotels in the World' on the publication's coveted Gold List for 2012.  Hotel Contessa is managed by Benchmark Resorts & Hotels® and is located at 306 W. Market Street.  For reservations and information visit www.thehotelcontessa.com or call 866-435-0900.  To become a fan on Facebook visit www.Facebook.com/hotelcontessa or follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/hotelcontessa

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

Contact: Carol Baetzel - CBPR

cbaetzel@cbprco.com / (602) 931-5422 - Cell

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