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Benchmark Hospitality Names James T. Franklin
General Manager for Marenas Resort, Miami

The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, May 2010 … Benchmark Hospitality International has appointed James T. Franklin general manager for Marenas Resort, the ocean-side property situated on a barrier island in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, north of Miami.  Greg Champion, chief operating officer, made the announcement.

“I am very pleased to welcome Jim to Benchmark Hospitality at Marenas Resort,” said Mr. Champion.  “He brings strong leadership and operational skills to his new position, in addition to previous experience within the Florida market.”

Jim Franklin has held senior level hospitality positions for most of his 25-year career, and was previously general manager for The Point Orlando Resort in Orlando, Florida.  In this position he oversaw all operations and sales and marketing for the resort. 

Prior to this, Mr. Franklin worked with Magna Hospitality, originally as general manager of the Holiday Inn in Plantation, Florida, and subsequently as divisional vice president of operations overseeing seven boutique properties across the country.  These included the Cartwright Hotel in San Francisco, the Hotel Lawrence in Dallas, the Casa Grande Hotel in Miami, and the Eastland Park in Portland, Maine.

Jim Franklin has worked with Potomac Hospitality Services, serving as general manager for two of the company’s Washington, DC, properties, including One Washington Circle Hotel and The River Inn.  While employed by Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group he was general manager of the Hotel Rouge in Washington, DC.  He has also served as general manager for Hotel Lombardy, operated by Classic Collection of Hotels, also of Washington, DC. 

Throughout the 1990s, Mr. Franklin worked for Grand Heritage Hotels, as general manager for the Brazilian Court Hotel in Palm Beach, the Ambassador West Hotel in Chicago, and the Tutwiler Hotel in Birmingham.  Earlier in his career he worked with the Potomac Hotel Group as general manager for The Inn at Foggy Bottom in Washington, DC.  Mr. Franklin started his career with Hilton Hotels Corporation at properties in San Francisco, Phoenix and Washington, DC.

Jim Franklin is a graduate of Washington State University where he earned a Bachelors degree in Hotel & Restaurant Administration.  In 2007, his alma mater recognized him as a “WSU Distinguished Hotelier.”  Mr. Franklin is relocating to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

About Marenas Resort
Situated on a 2.5 mile stretch of beach in Sunny Isles Beach, a barrier island just north of Miami, Marenas Resort  blends the best of South Florida’s “Riviera Coast” with an international style.  Marenas Resort’s name draws from its location, evoking the sea and the sand ~ mar y arenas ~ in Spanish. A member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts and operated by Benchmark Hospitality International, the 26-story stainless steel and glass hotel tower includes 160 guestrooms and one- and two-bedroom suites, each with a full kitchen and spacious contemporary interiors. Amenities include a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant, oceanside pool, beach club, luxurious spa, health club and elegant meeting space. For reservations, please call a travel agent professional or 1-877-858-2305.  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 independent 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.  The company’s northeast regional office is in New Jersey, with international offices 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 Adds the Marenas Resort to its Portfolio; The Sunny Isles Beach Hotel Formerly Operated as the Le Meridien / November 2009

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