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Itasca, Illinois (Chicago), November 13, 2013 - Benchmark Hospitality International, a leading U.S.-based hospitality management company, has named Michael D. Welly general manager for Eaglewood Resort & Spa, a Benchmark Resort® located in Northwest Chicago.  Greg Champion, executive vice president and COO, make the announcement.

"I can't think of another person better prepared to lead this amazing resort," said Mr. Champion.  "Mike brings vast resort experience to our company and to Eaglewood, and is the ideal leader to take this property from the success it has experienced to even higher levels of excellence.  We welcome him to Benchmark Hospitality and to Eaglewood Resort & Spa."

Michael Welly was previously general manager of Longboat Key Club and Resort in Sarasota, Florida.  While there, Mr. Welly led the property to become a highly successful and award-winning resort, garnering the prestigious Pinnacle award, the Four Diamond award, and Golf Digest's Best Places to Play award.  Prior to this assignment, Mr. Welly served in leadership positions for a number of major-brand hotels and resorts in markets throughout the nation.  Along the way, he twice won the ITT Sheraton Hotel of the Year award.

Mr. Welly attended Ohio State University and has been active in a number of charitable organizations, including the YMCA Foundation and the Argus All Star Children's Foundation.  He and his wife are relocating to the Chicagoland area.

About Eaglewood Resort & Spa

Conveniently located just 12 miles west of O'Hare International Airport and 25 miles from downtown Chicago, Eaglewood Resort & Spa is nestled on 104 acres in Itasca, Illinois.  Managed by Benchmark Hospitality International, the AAA Four-Diamond resort offers 295 spacious guestrooms and suites featuring walk out balconies showcasing views of our championship golf course.  In addition, Eaglewood offers three distinct dining venues with fine and casual menu options; first-class recreation including a complete health SPA, 18-hole championship golf course, sparkling pool with sundeck, fitness center and six-lane Brunswick Retro Bowling alley; as well as 37,000 square feet of IACC-certified meeting space.   For more information or room reservations call (630) 773-1400, toll free at (877) 285-6150 or visit:   Eaglewood Resort & Spa is a Benchmark Hospitality International property.  To become a fan on Facebook, visit or follow us on Twitter at

About Benchmark Resorts & Hotels®

Benchmark Resorts & Hotels® represents the finest in lodging, dining, recreational and meeting accommodations. Many are certified by the International Association of Conference Centers, the leading professional organization governing the multi-billion dollar conference center industry on five continents, and many have also been recognized with the coveted Benchmark Conference Centers® certification of meeting excellence.  Benchmark Resorts & Hotels deliver highly specialized service that anticipates guests' needs and ensures a hospitality experience unsurpassed and long remembered.  To become a fan on Facebook, visit, or follow us on Twitter at

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