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Benchmark Hospitality International Names Phillip Starling
Director of Operations for Marenas Resort, Miami

The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, August 2010 … Benchmark Hospitality International has appointed Phillip Starling director of operations for Marenas Resort, the ocean-side property situated on a barrier island in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, north of Miami.  Jim Franklin, general manager, made the announcement.
“I’m so pleased to welcome Phillip to Marenas Resort,” said Mr. Franklin.  “He brings extensive hospitality experience within a wide variety of Florida luxury markets to our resort, and his strong operational leadership skills are a wonderful addition to our executive team.”
Most recently, Mr. Starling served as general manager of The Grove Isle Hotel & Spa, located in Coconut Grove, Florida.  He has previously held senior management positions, including managing director, general manager and hotel manager, for hotels and resorts throughout Florida and Kentucky.  Earlier in his career, Starling served in positions of leadership within the Housekeeping departments for hotels in Georgia and Florida.
A native of the US Virgin Islands with a great appreciation for oceanfront properties, Phillip Starling received his Associates Degree at Valencia Community College, located in Orlando. Florida.  He is a Certified Hospitality Housekeeping Executive through the American Hotel & Lodging Association.  Mr. Starling is a United States Military veteran, having served in the US Army where he spent the majority of his time stationed in Germany.  He resides in Miami.
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 
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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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