Hotel Online
News for the Hospitality Executive



Benchmark Appoints Diana Wellman Director of Catering and
Food Services at Naples Bay Resort in Naples, Florida

The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, February 2009 … Benchmark Hospitality International has announced the appointment of Diana Wellman as director of catering and food services for Naples Bay Resort, the luxury property that opened last February in Naples, Florida.  Greg Allowe, Benchmark’s managing director at the resort, made the announcement.

“I am pleased to welcome Diana to Naples Bay Resort,” said Mr. Allowe.  “This is a return to Benchmark Hospitality for her and we’re so happy she has joined our executive team.  We look forward to Diana contributing her vast hospitality expertise, gained over two decades, to the success of our resort.” 

Diana Wellman previously worked with Island Global Yachting of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Montauk Yacht Club of Montauk, New York, providing consultation utilizing her vast operational experience within the hospitality industry.   Prior to this, she was part of the Benchmark Hospitality organization, serving as director of conference services for Cheyenne Mountain Resort of Colorado Springs.  She originally joined the resort as director of planning.  Ms. Wellman’s first position with Benchmark was as a key member of a special task force working on projects in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Prior to joining Benchmark Hospitality International, Diana Wellman and her husband owned and operated a dude ranch in Montana, putting her hospitality skills to work for the family business. 

Earlier in her career, Ms. Wellman worked in senior management for International Conference Resorts (ICR), a hospitality management company later purchased by Benchmark in 2001.   While with ICR, Ms. Wellman was employed in sales & marketing and meeting management positions at Seabrook Island near Charleston; Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center in Scottsdale, Barton Creek Resort of Austin, Cheyenne Mountain Resort, and Graylyn International Conference Center of Winston-Salem.  She launched her hospitality career at the landmark Kiawah Island Golf Resort near Charleston.

Diana Wellman is a graduate of New Hampshire Technical College.  She is relocating to Naples.

The 20-acre Naples Bay Resort,, is ideally situated on the Gulf of Mexico in southwest Florida. Guests at the AAA Four Diamond-rated property can select from a choice of luxurious accommodations, including The Cottages, 108 two- and three-bedroom villas; and The Hotel, which features 65 designer-furnished, one- and two-bedroom suites and 20 guest rooms. Restaurants include Olio on Naples Bay, Bonefish Grill and Bluewater Bar & Grill. Recreation facilities include a spa and fitness center; full-service tennis center with six lighted, Har-Tru courts, pro shop and lessons; Pilates, aerobics and yoga classes; lagoon-style, lazy river, children and lap pools; and private cabanas. The resort’s 97-slip marina incorporates a Yacht Club, waterfront pool, ship’s store, fuel dock and rental boats, including 22-foot Kayot and 24-foot Everglades boats. 

Naples Bay Resort – a proud member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts – is located at 1500 Fifth Avenue South, Naples, FL, 34102 and is operated by Benchmark Hospitality International.

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, Japan, 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 Appoints Diana Wellman Director of Conference Services for Cheyenne Mountain Resort / June 2006
Benchmark Appoints Gregory Allowe Managing Director at Naples Bay Resort, Naples, Florida / October 2008

To search Hotel Online data base of News and Trends Go to Hotel.OnlineSearch
Home | Welcome| Hospitality News | Classifieds| One-on-One |
Viewpoint Forum | Industry Resources | Press Releases
Please contact Hotel.Onlinewith your comments and suggestions.