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Benchmark Appoints Kevin Rupp General Manager for SC Johnson's
The Council House and Wingspread, Racine Wisconsin

The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, October 2007 - Benchmark Hospitality International has announced the appointment of Kevin Rupp as general manager for The Council House, an exclusive international conference center for SC Johnson, a Family Company, and Wingspread, a private conference center for the Johnson Foundation.  Both properties are located in Racine, Wisconsin.  Bill Upshaw, vice president for Benchmark Hospitality, made the announcement. 
"It is my pleasure to announce Kevin's new role with Benchmark as general manager," stated Mr. Upshaw.  "He has a talent for assembling and leading award-winning teams and we look forward to his continued success in his new position."
Kevin Rupp was previously director of conference services for Benchmark's Eaglewood Resort and Spa, located in the Chicagoland area.  His leadership in this position largely contributed to the resort being awarded the Pinnacle Award, one of the meeting industry highest honors.  Rupp began his employment with the property during the pre-opening phase.
Mr. Rupp has also served as director of conference operations for Andersen Worldwide, the global conference and training facility for Arthur Andersen and Accenture.  In this role, he managed all aspects of the operation of the 120,000 square foot conference center.  Prior to this assignment, Mr. Rupp assumed positions of increasing responsibility for the three major Hilton Hotels in Chicago.
Kevin Rupp is a graduate of Western Illinois University where he earned a degree in Hospitality Management and Business Management.  He is a member of the International Association of Conference Centers, the Association for Convention Operation Managers and the International Communications Industries Association.  He has relocated to Racine.
The Council House Conference Center is managed by Benchmark Hospitality and owned by SC Johnson A Family Company. The center is a private/closed market conference center comprised of upscale food & beverage service, private catering services, 20 sleeping rooms and meeting space.

Wingspread Conference Center is managed by Benchmark Hospitality and owned by The Johnson Foundation. The center is a private/closed market conference center comprised of food & beverage service, 42 sleeping rooms and meeting space.

Benchmark Hospitality International, an independent hospitality management company based in The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, operates resorts, conference centers, hotels and condominium resorts both domestically and internationally.  For locations of Benchmark Hospitality properties and for additional information, visit Benchmark's Website at  


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

Also See: Matthew T. Hoffmann Appointed General Manager for The Council House and Wingspread in Racine, Wisconsin / March 2005


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