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The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, December 2017 … BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, has named William Smith director of finance for The Grove Resort & Spa Orlando, a new Benchmark Resorts & Hotels property located near Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.  Bill Lee, general manager, made the announcement.

"It is a pleasure to welcome William to our resort and to Benchmark,” said Mr. Lee.  "His extensive experience in hospitality accounting and finance is particularly relevant to The Grove and its many facets. Blending his knowledge in those key areas with his specialization in aligning financial and operational goals makes him the ideal candidate to join our team.”

William Smith brings 31 years of experience in hotel finance to his new position at The Grove Resort & Spa Orlando, an expansive all-suite property that opened its first phase in March 2017 and is poised to launch additional guest suites and amenities, including an on-site water park, in early 2018. William most recently was director of finance for The Betsy Hotel South Beach in Miami Beach, Florida.  He previously held the same position for Eden Roc Miami Beach, Wild Dunes Resort and Club of Isle of Palms in South Carolina, and earlier for Longboat Key Club and Resort in Florida.  Prior to this he served as controller for hospitality management companies and individual hotels.

William Smith holds a Florida Community Association Manager license.  He resides in the Orlando area.

About The Grove Resort & Spa Orlando

The Grove Resort & Spa Orlando opened its first phase in March 2017 as an expansive 106-acre hotel destination located just minutes from the west entrance of Walt Disney World®. Set on Lake Austin and amid a portion of Central Florida’s conservation grounds, the resort is a sanctuary from the boisterous pace of the outside world, neighboring theme parks, luxury shopping, and entertainment centers. With nearly 300 of its 878 residential-style suites currently open and equipped with full kitchens, full-size washers and dryers, multiple bathrooms, and screened patios, The Grove offers guests all the comforts of home, while the resort’s hearty collection of amenities deliver the luxuries of a full-service resort. Guests currently enjoy three swimming pools, a selection of watersports at The Grove’s Lake Austin Pier, the intimate Escape Spa, fitness center, as well as food and drink options that include the large-scale grab-and-go Alfresco Market, Element and Zest lounges, the resort’s main restaurant, Valencia, and the poolside Springs Bar & Grill. 6,000 square feet of flexible space is available for weddings, family reunions, and other meetings and special events. The Grove’s signature Surfari Water Park, complete with an interactive water structure, multiple slides, a lazy river stretching more than 725 feet, and a dual rider surf simulator, along with additional dining and guest rooms, is planned for 2018. The Grove Resort & Spa Orlando is managed by Houston, Texas-based BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company. For more information, please visit www.GroveResortOrlando.com.  Follow The Grove via Facebook.com/thegroveresortorlando and on Twitter and Instagram at @thegroveresort.

About Benchmark Resorts & Hotels®

Benchmark Resorts & Hotels® features the finest in lodging, dining, recreational and meeting accommodations.  Featuring unique and distinctive properties renown for exceptional service and for creating unforgettable memory-making experiences, it is the signature portfolio of BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, which has been a leading US-based hospitality management company for nearly 40 years.  Many Benchmark Resort & Hotels' properties are certified by IACC, the association that represents the finest meeting venues and services globally, and many have also been recognized with the coveted Benchmark Conference Centers® certification of meeting excellence.  www.benchmarkresortsandhotels.com.  To become a fan on Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/BenchmarkResortsandHotels  Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BenchmarkHotels, on Instagram at www.instagram.com/benchmarkresortsandhotels, and on Pinterest at  www.pinterest.com/benchmarkhotels.

Contact: Ken Ellens

KenEllens@aol.com / 201-758-2864

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