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Benchmark Appoints Awilda Rivera General Manager for
Costa d’Este Beach Resort, Vero Beach, Florida

The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, March 2009 … Benchmark Hospitality International has named Awilda Rivera general manager of Coste d’Este Beach Resort of Vero Beach, Florida.  Bob Zappatelli, vice president food & beverage, made the announcement.  Mr. Zappatelli has overseen the ocean-side property – a Benchmark Hospitality Personal Luxury Resort™, since opening in June.

“I am so pleased to welcome Awilda to Costa d’Este Beach Resort,” said Mr. Zappatelli.  “She brings strong leadership skills to her new role with Benchmark Hospitality, as well as excellent experience operating stylish contemporary resorts that deliver a progressive lifestyle.  I’m thrilled she has joined our team.”

A hospitality veteran with extensive operational and human resources experience, Awilda Rivera was previously the general manager of Villas Caletón, Cap Cana of Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.  She held the same position for the Casa Ybel Resort on Sanibel Island off the southwest coast of Florida.

Ms. Rivera has also served in the role of vice president of human resources & training development for Coral Hospitality of Naples, Florida.  She started with the company as corporate manager.  Earlier in her career, Ms. Rivera gained important food and beverage experience as owner and operator of Amador's Italian Restaurant, an award- winning, four-star fine dining experience located in Naples, Florida.

Awilda Rivera attended Hodges University of Naples, Florida.  She has relocated to Vero Beach.

Costa d’Este Beach Resort in Vero Beach, Florida, is a chic, beachfront property redefining style, comfort and luxury on Florida’s Treasure Coast. Sumptuous accommodations, contemporary Cuban-fusion cuisine and discreetly attentive service, coupled with a fully equipped gym, bi-level Spa at Costa d’Este and stunning infinity edge pool satisfy the most discerning world travelers. Costa d’Este is owned by the internationally acclaimed recording artist/producer couple Gloria and Emilio Estefan and is operated by Benchmark Hospitality International. For more information, visit or call toll-free 877-562-9919.

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 Hospitality is a worldwide organization operating properties in 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 the location of Benchmark’s properties and additional information, visit 


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

Also See: Gloria & Emilio Estefan and Benchmark Hospitality International Open the The $50 million Costa d'Este Beach Resort in Vero Beach, Florida / June 2008
Benchmark Hospitality Appoints Andrew Zinni General Manager for Costa d'Este Beach Resort, Vero Beach, Florida / December 2007



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