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The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, April 29, 2014 - Benchmark Hospitality International®, a leading U.S.-based hospitality management company, has appointed Linda Cerra general manager for The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread.  The property is a Benchmark Conference Center® located in Racine, Wisconsin.  Ellen Sinclair, senior vice president, made the announcement.

"It is with great pleasure that I congratulate Linda on her new appointment as general manager responsible for The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread," said Ms. Sinclair.  "She stepped in as interim general manager and in a short time effectively created an environment of "Be the Difference" through expanded staff education and by modeling that commitment as the team leader.  This is a well-deserved appointment."

Linda Cerra previously served as interim general manager for The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread, a role she has reprised several times for Benchmark Hospitality at properties in locations across the country and offshore in Hawaii.  Ms. Cerra's last general manager appointment for Benchmark was at Sorrel River Ranch Resort & Spa in Moab, Utah, which the company operated at the time.  She served in the same role for the historic Montauk Yacht Club, located in Montauk, New York.  Cerra came to this Club as director of human resources. 

Ms. Cerra joined Benchmark Hospitality International at the Heritage Country Club of Johnson City, New York, which Benchmark previously managed and where she served as director of recreation & fitness, prior to her appointment as club manager.  She is a graduate of the State University of New York at Broome.  Linda Cerra resides in Racine, Wisconsin, and in Binghamton, New York.

The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread is situated in the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed prairie house that, in part, gives the Center its name.  The property is a private conference center comprised of food & beverage service, 42 sleeping rooms and meeting space.  The Wingspread building at The Johnson Foundation is considered one of Wright's masterworks and was originally the private residence of Herbert F. Johnson.

About Benchmark Hospitality International

Benchmark Hospitality International® is a recognized global leader in the management and marketing of resorts, hotels and conference centers.  The company's two distinctive portfolios of properties, Benchmark Resorts & Hotels® and Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels®, represent the finest in guest-dedicated hospitality in unique destinations across the United States, in the Caribbean and Japan.  As a founding member of the International Association of Conference Centers, Benchmark Conference Centers® maintain the highest standards for certification in meeting excellence.  Benchmark Hospitality was launched in 1980 as an independent company and today operates worldwide from offices in The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, and regional offices in New Jersey, Washington State, Japan and Chile.  For additional company information visit  To become a fan on Facebook, visit, or follow us on Twitter at

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