Benchmark Hospitality International Appoints John Griswold to Board of Directors
July 2, 2014 12:40pm
"I am very pleased to welcome John to Benchmark Hospitality's Board of Directors," said Burt Cabañas, founder and chairman. "His depth of industry knowledge and experience bring a wealth of information to our Board as well as significant hospitality resources to the table."
Benchmark Hospitality's Board serves as outside advisors to the company's chief leaders, providing guidance on all aspects of the organization. The Board gathers at least three times a year at Benchmark's Home Office in The Woodlands, Texas, north of Houston, with additional phone and web conferences occurring as the need arises. Benchmark's current Board of Directors consists of four outside advisors: John Griswold, James Simkins who recently retired from leading Benchmark's Personal Luxury brand, David E. Arnold of PKF Consulting and Jay H. Golding, founder & president of Port Chester Industries, a Houston investment and consulting business. Additionally, Benchmark's Board includes five internal officers: Burt Cabañas, Alex Cabañas, president & CEO, Greg Champion, SVP & COO, Brad Hayden, CFO and Ted Davis, CSMO.
John Griswold brings to his new role more than a quarter of a century of senior management experience primarily related to hotel and resort development, operations, marketing and management. In 2007 he founded Harbor Hotel Investors, LLC, an investment company that also has provided advisory services to the hospitality industry.
Mr. Griswold has served as president, chief operating officer and member of the Board of CNL Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (CNL), one of the nation's largest real estate investment trusts within the lodging industry with a portfolio of 130 hotels. At CNL Mr. Griswold's management role included portfolio and asset management, planning, design and construction. He was also an integral part of the company's acquisitions, business development efforts and investment banking relationships. In April 2007, CNL was sold to Morgan Stanley Real Estate and Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc. in a transaction worth $6.5 billion.
Prior to joining CNL, Mr. Griswold served as president of Tishman Hotel Corporation.
Earlier in his career he was the opening general manager of the Buena Vista Palace Hotel in the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Mr. Griswold began his hospitality career at Walt Disney World. He is a Cornell University graduate with a degree from the School of Hotel Administration.
Tags: john griswold,
benchmark hospitality international
Contact: Ken Ellens - KEN ELLENS COMMUNICATIONS
Construction Set for the $91 Delta by Marriott Hotel and Watters Creek Convention Center in Allen, Texas in 2018
Five Benchmark Executive Chefs Infused the Future with a Cross-Country Culinary Adventure at the James Beard House
Following Merger, Benchmark and Gemstone Unveil a New Company, New Identity and Four Distinct Brands
Benchmark Hospitality International Names Brianna Miles Recipient of the Bob Zappatelli Culinary Arts Scholarship
Construction and Renovations Underway on Historic Natirar Mansion to Anchor New Somerset Hills Resort
Culinary, Outdoor, Adventure Activities Lead Corporate Teambuilding Trends for Newly Merged Benchmark Resorts & Hotels, Gemstone Hotels & Resorts
Benchmark Hospitality International Named to 2016 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® Elite Winner Awards List
Chris Steffich, Director of Operations for Eaglewood Resort & Spa, Receives the 2016 Bob Zappatelli Award for Culinary Excellence
Kirk Jones Promoted to Chief Financial Officer of Benchmark Hospitality International
Benchmark Resorts & Hotels and Gemstone Hotels & Resorts Join Together
New Meeting Package, Technical Innovations, Unique Teambuilding Programs, Refreshed Guestrooms & Conference Space
Benchmark Hospitality International Appoints Bill Lee, General Manager, and Tony Aslanian, Director of Sales & Marketing at The Grove Resort & Spa, Orlando
Benchmark Hospitality International Names Chris Steffich Director of Operations for Eaglewood Resort & Spa
Benchmark Hospitality International Announces The Grove Resort & Spa
Benchmark Hospitality International Forms Charitable Partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
Benchmark Hospitality International Names Nicholas Church Executive Chef at Chaminade Resort & Spa
Benchmark Hospitality International Names Kirsten Ponza Director of Food & Beverage at Chaminade Resort & Spa
James Beard Foundation & Benchmark Hospitality International Open Applications for the 2016 Bob Zappatelli Culinary Arts Scholarship
Benchmark Hospitality International’s Benchmark Resorts & Hotels Announces The “Top Meeting Trends for 2016”
Benchmark Hospitality International Names Brandon Lehmeyer General Manager for the Spanish Garden Inn in Santa Barbara
Please login or register to post a comment.