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 Eric Adame Appointed General Manager
for Hotel ICON, Houston


THE WOODLANDS (HOUSTON), TEXAS, November 2004 - Benchmark Hospitality International has announced the appointment of Eric Adame as general manager for Hotel ICON.  The exclusive property is a Personal Luxury Hotel by Benchmark, and is set in the Landmark Union National Bank Building at the gateway to downtown Houston's arts & entertainment district.  Burt Cabanas, founder, chairman & CEO of Benchmark Hospitality, made the announcement. 

The appointment represents a promotion for Adame, a highly accomplished hotelier with nearly two decades of experience in the management of premium hotels and resorts.  He originally joined Benchmark in 2002 as director of rooms for the Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center of Scottsdale, Arizona.  His responsibilities at the resort involved overseeing the operations of several service departments, including the Rooms Division, Front Office, Bell Captain & Valet, Transportation, Housekeeping, Security, Engineering, and the Sports & Fitness Center. 

Prior to joining Benchmark, Adame was director of rooms at the Royal Palms Hotel and Casitas in Phoenix.  He has been involved with luxury properties since the early 1990s, including The Orchid at Mauna Lani on the Big Island of Hawaii, Stein Erickson Lodge in Deer Valley, Utah, and the signature Phoenician Resort of Scottsdale. 

Adame launched his career in hospitality in 1985, working in operations for several luxury resorts in the Scottsdale market.  He has also served in numerous consulting capacities for premium resorts throughout his career, and brings this expertise to his new role as general manager of Hotel ICON.

Eric Adame attended Northern Arizona University's College of Hotel and Restaurant Management.  He is certified in the Stephen Covey "Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" as well as the Malcolm Baldridge "Total Quality Management" training programs.  He has relocated to Houston.

Hotel ICON is the embodiment of Benchmark Hospitality International's more than twenty-five years of innovation and excellence in the operation and development of premium hotels, resorts and conference centers.  Located at the gateway to downtown Houston's thriving arts and entertainment district the hotel features 135 guestrooms and nine penthouse suites; as well as Bank, a Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant; The Whiskey, a Rande Gerber/Midnight Oil Company bar; and the BALANCE Day Spa.  Hotel ICON is a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

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


Hotel ICON

Ken Ellens
201-758-2864 / 201-758-2865-Fax


Also See: Benchmark Set to Open The Hotel ICON, $35-million Reinvention of Houston's Former Union National Bank Building; Includes a Jean-Georges Vongerichten Restaurant / December 2003 
Troy Bennett has Named General Manager for Houstonís Hotel Icon; The 135 room Property Will be Benchmark's First Venture into the Small Luxury Hotel Category / June 2003

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