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.Keith Poehlman Named Controller for The Founders Inn
and Spa in Virginia Beach, Virginia

The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, January 2009 … Benchmark Hospitality International has announced the appointment of Keith Poehlman as controller for The Founders Inn and Spa, located in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  Ellen Ruane, Benchmark’s general manager at the property, made the announcement.  
“I am so pleased to welcome Keith to The Founders Inn and Spa,” said Ms. Ruane.  “He brings a solid background in financial accounting within the hospitality industry to his new role, which will serve our property well.”
Keith Poehlman was most recently controller for Tao of Las Vegas, the nation’s highest grossing free standing restaurant and nightclub operation.  Prior to this, he served as regional controller for HEI Hotels and later Starwood Hotels when they purchased the company.  
Mr. Poehlman has previously worked as corporate controller for GF Management of Philadelphia, for Starr Restaurants of Philadelphia, and for Hersha Hospitality of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  He began his career as night auditor.
Born in Canada and raised in Chicago, Keith Poehlman attended DePaul University in Chicago.  He has relocated to Virginia Beach
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, 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 Hospitality Appoints Ellen Ruane-Johnson General Manager of The Founders Inn / April 2006
Benchmark Hospitality Appoints Brent Haste Controller at The Founders Inn / November 2005

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