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The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, July 2018 … BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, has named Lloyd Van Horn general manager of Topnotch Resort, a Gemstone Collection property located in Stowe, Vermont. This represents a return to the resort for Mr. Van Horn, who served as resort manager from 2006-2009. Cedric Fasbender, Benchmark’s vice president of operations, made the announcement.

“We are very pleased to welcome Lloyd back to Topnotch Resort and to Stowe,” said Mr. Fasbender. “He brings a wealth of expertise in the hospitality industry, and in luxury hotel management, to his new role at Topnotch Resort. We look forward to his leadership of this remarkable property.”

With more than 25 years of experience in hotel management, Lloyd Van Horn has previously held leadership positions at the Montauk Yacht Club in Montauk, New York, The Colony Hotel in Miami, Florida, and most recently as Benchmark’s Task Force General Manager of The Chattanoogan, a luxury hotel located in Chattanooga, Tennessee. During Mr. Van Horn’s previous position at Topnotch Resort, the property was awarded several prestigious accolades, including the AAA “Four Diamond Award” and Zagat’s “Top U.S. Hotels, Resorts & Spas.”

Mr. Van Horn is relocating to Stowe with his family.

About Topnotch Resort

Set within 120 acres of woodland at the foot of Mount Mansfield in the village of Stowe, Vermont, Topnotch Resort blends the gracious charm of a ski lodge with the luxurious amenities of a world-class resort. In 2013, a $15M renovation encompassed all 68 guest rooms, 9,000 square feet of meeting space and added a new concept restaurant, The Roost, to complement the locally sourced, full-service restaurant Flannel. Additional accommodations can be found in a variety of Resort Homes. Amenities at the luxury boutique resort include the 35,000 square foot Topnotch Spa; the Tennis Center with four indoor and six outdoor courts; a state-of-the-art Fitness Center; and water features such as an indoor pool, a whirlpool/Jacuzzi, and two outdoor pools with mountain-views – one of which is heated year-round. Among the outdoor pursuits are cross-country and downhill skiing, mountain biking, hiking and horseback riding. Owned by MetWest Ventures, Topnotch Resort is an AAA Four-Diamond property. www.topnotchresort.com

About Gemstone Collection

The Gemstone Collection includes distinctive hand-picked properties in spectacular and popular U.S. destinations coast to coast. Each upscale resort and hotel destination provides highly-personalized service and luxury reflective of the charm and unique character of the destination, while in keeping with the collection’s shared mission and passion for excellence.  A distinguished portfolio of BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, which has been a leading US-based hospitality management company for nearly 40 years, the Gemstone Collection is the preferred choice of guests who yearn for inspiring and transformative experiences, customization over conformity, stimulation over predictability, and adventure over routine.  www.gemstonehotelcollection.com To become a fan on Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/GemstoneHotelCollection, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GemstoneHotels, on Instagram at www.instagram.com/gemstonehotels, and on Pinterest at https://www.pinterest.com/benchmarkhotels/gemstone-hotels

Contact: Ken Ellens

KenEllens@aol.com / 201-758-2864

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