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The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, November 20, 2013  -  Benchmark Hospitality International®, a leading U.S.-based hospitality management company, has appointed John Kingston director of human resources for the Villas of Grand Cypress. Mark Cox, Benchmark's general manager for the Villas, Benchmark's Personal Luxury Resort® in Orlando, Florida, made the announcement.

 

"I am very pleased to welcome John to our resort," said Mr. Cox.  "He brings a strong skill-set in human resource management to the Villas, as well as success in engaged leadership of his staff and the property overall.  It's good to have him on our executive team." 

John Kingston comes to his new position with significant experience in human resource operations for luxury hotels.  He was previously director of human resource operations for the JW Marriott Grande Lakes Resort, located in Orlando.  He served in the same position for the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, following success as assistant director of human resources at the resort's sister property in Orlando.  Earlier in his career, Mr. Kingston held positions of increasing responsibility in human resources for hotels coast to coast.

Mr. Kingston earned his Bachelor of Science degree at Mansfield University in Mansfield, Pennsylvania.  He is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management, and was active in the Gaylord Entertainment High Potential Leadership Program.  Mr. Kingston resides in the Orlando area.

About Villas of Grand Cypress Resort

Recently awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, Villas of Grand Cypress is just a few miles from the Orlando International airport, but seems worlds away from the ordinary.  The 1,500-acre luxury resort recently unveiled renovations of its 146 villas, the first phase of a multi-faceted resort-wide renovation. The renovation showcases spacious new guestrooms that offer modern interiors and feature a streamlined decor, natural materials and neutral palettes. In addition to its 45-holes of Jack Nicklaus Signature-designed golf, the resort offers the Grand Cypress Racquet Club; in-room spa services; Lake Windsong and marina; easy access to Orlando's famed attractions; on-site transportation services; two pools, and more.

Villas of Grand Cypress has been a continued recipient of the Gold Key Award from subscribers of Meetings & Conventions magazine, receiving the award 17 times, most recently in 2012. In addition, Grand Cypress Academy of Golf is rated as one of the "Top 25 Golf Schools in America" and has received GOLF Magazine's Premier Resorts: Silver Medal Award by GOLF Magazine (2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012). Call (877) 330-7377 for reservations or visit www.grandcypress.com

About Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels®

Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels® includes unique hand-picked properties in spectacular U.S. destinations coast to coast. Each hotel and resort delivers personal luxury in a spirit true to its own distinctive locale, yet in keeping with the collection's shared mission. They represent a select portfolio of Benchmark Hospitality International®, which has been a leading US-based hospitality management company for over 30 years.  Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels is the preferred choice of guests who yearn for transformation over accommodation, customization over conformity, and inspiration over predictability.  With Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels, luxury is always personal.  www.personalluxuryresortsandhotels.com.  To become a fan on Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/PersonalLuxuryResortsandHotels, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PersLuxResorts

Contact: Ken Ellens - Ken Ellens Communications

KenEllens@aol.com / 201-758-2864

Contact: Rebecca Kollaras - Regional Director of Public Relations - Benchmark Hospitality International, FL Collection

rkollaras@usa-bhi.com / 305-754-5949 direct or 305-439-5314 mobile

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