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Marc Hamel Returns as Conference Center Manager of the
World Trade Institute Conference Center, New York City
Rebuilds Team for Newly Reopened Center

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, November 2003…Benchmark Hospitality of The Woodlands, Texas, has formally announced the reappointment of Marc Hamel as conference center manager of the World Trade Institute Conference Center, which reopened at 163 William Street in lower Manhattan on September 15, 2003.  The Institute’s original conference center, located on the 55th floor of One World Trade Center, was lost on September 11, 2001.   Ellen Sinclair, vice president for Benchmark Hospitality, made the announcement.

One of Mr. Hamel’s first tasks is consulting with former employees about rejoining the center’s management and operational team.  “It’s very exciting to help reopen the World Trade Institute Conference Center and rebuild our team,” stated Mr. Hamel.  “We went through an extraordinary experience together two years ago, and many of us said we wanted to return to the conference center if the opportunity presented itself.”

A veteran of Desert Shield and Desert Storm as a member of the United States Marine Corps, and a graduate of Johnson & Wales University of Providence, Rhode Island, Mr. Hamel began his hospitality career employed within the food & beverage department of Legend’s Resort & Country Club, located in McAfee, New Jersey.  He later joined New Jersey-based properties for Radisson Hotels & Suites and Holiday Inn. 

After moving temporarily to the Boston area to serve in the catering sales department of The Westin Waltham-Boston, Waltham, Massachusetts, he returned to New Jersey, joining Benchmark Hospitality’s AT&T Learning Center, now repositioned as the North Maple Inn of Basking Ridge. 

Mr. Hamel quickly advanced within the Benchmark organization, and served as conference center manager-interim for the C.N.A. Conference Center in Chicago.  He was then promoted to director of conference services of The Founders Inn, located in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

In 2000, Marc Hamel joined the World Trade Institute Conference Center as conference center manager.  Following September 11, 2001, Benchmark relocated him to Racine, Wisconsin, to became general manager-interim for The Council House - an exclusive international conference center for SC Johnson, A Family Company, Wingspread - a private conference center for the Johnson Foundation, and The Wingspread Guest House.  He later was director of operations for Benchmark’s Kingbridge Centre of Toronto, Canada, and subsequently served on a special assignment at Virginia Crossings Resort, located in Richmond, Virginia.  He returned to New York earlier this year as general manager of the Pfizer Conference Center.

The World Trade Institute Conference Center, owned by Pace University and managed by Benchmark Hospitality, is located on eight floors of 163 William Street in lower Manhattan.  The conference center offers 20,000 square feet of dedicated meeting space with 33 meeting rooms, including a 2000 square-foot, multi-function room ideal for trade shows, new product launches and receptions.  The open-market center provides Benchmark’s signature meeting planning and conference concierge services.  The World Trade Institute plans on returning to the World Trade Center after completion. 

Benchmark Hospitality, an independent hospitality management company based in The Woodlands, Texas, operates resorts, conference centers and hotels both domestically and internationally. 


The Woodlands, Texas

Ken Ellens
(201) 758-2864

Also See: The World Trade Institute Conference Center, Owned by Pace University and Managed by Benchmark Reopens; Original Conference Center Was Lost on September 11, 2001 / September 2003

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