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Benchmark’s Burt Cabañas Addresses “Surviving the Recession” in Inc. Magazine

The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, March 2009 … Benchmark Hospitality International has announced that Inc. Magazine recently named the leading hospitality management company to the “Inc. 500/5000” list of fastest growing privately owned companies in America.  Inc. Magazine’s listing appeared in the print and online edition the end of 2008.  

Benchmark was invited by Inc. Magazine to submit an application for the Inc. 500/5000 list following the publication’s discovery that Benchmark Hospitality was one of the fastest growing privately held companies in Texas, where it is based.  Upon acceptance by Inc. Magazine, Benchmark was placed on the national Inc. 500/5000 Fastest Growing Companies list.

Benchmark Hospitality’s Burt Cabanas Addresses Recession in Inc. Magazine

Inc. Magazine subsequently reached out again to Benchmark Hospitality International, interviewing the company’s Founder, Chairman and CEO Burt Cabañas for a story appearing in the January 2009 issue on “What it takes to Survive a Recession.”  A recognized industry leader and one of the founders of the conference center niche of hospitality, Mr. Cabañas was included in the article with other Inc. 500/5000 list leaders, offering insights on the national business climate and, for Cabañas, on the hospitality and meetings industries.  

In his comments, Cabañas sounded a hopeful note by projecting a movement toward recovery in 2010.  “If you go back to 1980 and evaluate all of the downturns we’ve had in the economy, you will find that most companies will not go for more than 18 months before reinstating off-site meeting schedules.  I see no reason to believe the same would not apply here.”   

A 40-year veteran of the hospitality industry, Burt Cabañas is also a founder, charter member and former president of the International Association of Conference Centers, the premier organization governing the multi-billion dollar conference center industry globally. 

For more information on the Inc. 500/5000 Fast Growing Companies List, visit .  To reference Inc. Magazine’s article “What it takes to Survive a Recession” in the January 2009 issue, visit  For more information and a biography of Burt Cabañas, visit

About 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 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 
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Also See: Burt Cabañas Appointed Chairman of the Industry Advisory Board at Florida International University’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management / March 2009
Benchmark Hospitality's Burt Cabanas One of the Top 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry, According to Meeting News / August 2007

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