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Benchmark Hospitality Appoints Cheryl Ferguson, CMP,  Director of Sales
and Marketing at Hotel Contessa in San Antonio, Texas

The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, June 2009 ... Benchmark Hospitality International has named Cheryl Ferguson, CMP, director of sales and marketing for Hotel Contessa, the Personal Luxury Hotel™ on the Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas.  Eric Adame, Benchmark’s general manager for Hotel Contessa, made the announcement. 

“I am thrilled to welcome Cheryl to our property,” said Mr. Adame.  “She brings extensive experience in selling landmark properties to her new role.  We’re so pleased she’s joined our executive team.”

Cheryl Ferguson most recently served as vice president, sales for Pinehurst Resort, the historic property located in Pinehurst, North Carolina, and one of the largest and most respected golf resorts in the country.  In this role, she oversaw the planning and sales strategy for group-related rooms, food and beverage, golf and spa.  

Ms. Ferguson has previously served as the director of sales for the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Michigan, the largest resort in the Midwest, a position she held for 16 years.  Earlier in her career, she served in senior sales positions for a variety of Michigan properties, including the landmark Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.  

During her tenure in northern Michigan, Ms. Ferguson served in numerous leadership roles for the Michigan Chapter of Meeting Professionals International, including as president, and was the recipient of the Supplier of the Year and Chapter Leader of the Year awards.  She is a graduate of Central Michigan University with degrees in Hospitality Services Administration and Marketing, and is a Certified Meeting Professional.  Ms. Ferguson resides in San Antonio.
Celebrating the region’s unmatched storied heritage as a fusion of cultures, Hotel Contessa pays homage to the best of San Antonio, incorporating modern interpretations of its unique architecture, hospitality, cuisine and lifestyle.  The 240,000-square-foot, 12-story hotel features 10,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting and event facilities, a dedicated fitness center, full-service spa and rooftop swimming pool, as well as a gourmet restaurant and lounge that give leisure and business travelers a true taste of the new San Antonio.  Hotel Contessa embodies Benchmark Hospitality’s nearly thirty years of innovation and excellence in the operation and development of premium hotels, resorts and conference centers.  The property is located at 306 W. Market Street.  For more information or to make your reservation, please call 210-229-9222 or log onto

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: Benchmark Hospitality Appoints Shane Bruns Director of Food and Beverage for Hotel Contessa in San Antonio, Texas / May 2009
Benchmark Appointed Operator of the 265 room Hotel Contessa, San Antonio; Appoints David G. Lagarce General Manager / November 2004



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