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 Benchmark Hospitality International Promotes Tade Allen to
Director of Sales & Marketing for The Founders Inn & Spa

The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, September 2008 … Benchmark Hospitality International has announced the appointment of Tade Allen as director of sales & marketing for The Founders Inn & Spa, located in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  Ellen Ruane, Benchmark’s general manager at the property, made the announcement.  

“I am just thrilled to announce the promotion of Tade to director of sales & marketing,” said Ms. Ruane.  “She and her team have had remarkable success in the sales programming at The Founders Inn & Spa, and she has successfully assumed marketing responsibilities for the property.  This is a well-deserved promotion and we congratulate her!”

Since 2006, Ms. Allen served as director of sales for the Four Diamond property.  During this tenure, she actively grew sales revenues and helped launch the new Flowering Almond Spa.  In April, she was honored by Benchmark Hospitality International as the Director of Sales of the Year for the global company.  She was previously presented with the Sales Executive of the Year award from Benchmark.  Ms. Allen is also a long-term member of Benchmark's prestigious Platinum Club, which recognizes consistency in superior sales performance.  She began her relationship with the company as senior sales manager for The Founders Inn & Spa.

Previous to joining Benchmark Hospitality International, Ms. Allen held positions with the Radisson Hotel Tampa and the Omni Jacksonville Hotel in Jacksonville, Florida.
Tade Allen attended The University of Pittsburgh.  She resides in Virginia Beach with her family. 

About The Founders Inn and Spa

Boasting old-world charm and the finest southern hospitality, The Founders Inn and Spa provides the appeal and warmth of a country inn, accented by beautiful antiques and historic artifacts, with a new $5 million full-service resort spa, grand scale pool featuring a circular slide and interactive fountains, luxurious amenities and award-winning cuisine.  The Inn's 240 guestrooms and suites include High Speed Internet access, generous workspace and views of 26 landscaped acres.  Select rooms include gas fireplaces, and views of the lake and formal gardens.  The Founders Inn and Spa is located at 5641 Indian River Road in Virginia Beach near exit 286B off Interstate 64 East.  For reservations and additional information, please call 800-926-4466 or visit
Benchmark Hospitality International is a leader in the management and marketing of resorts, conference centers, hotels, and Personal Luxury Hotels™.  The privately held company, launched in 1980, is a founding member of the International Association of Conference Centers.  Benchmark is a worldwide organization operating over 30 properties representing major metropolitan and resort destinations.   Benchmark's international headquarters is located in The Woodlands, Texas, near Houston, with regional offices in New Jersey and Connecticut.  International offices are located in Tokyo and Santiago, Chile. For locations of properties and additional information, visit  


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

Also See: Benchmark Hospitality Appoints Ellen Ruane-Johnson General Manager of The Founders Inn / April 2006
Benchmark Appoints Melanie Bowman Director of Operations at The Founders Inn / February 2007


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