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The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, January 16, 2014 - Benchmark Hospitality International, a leading U.S.-based hospitality management company, has appointed David Friedberg director of sales & marketing for Bonaventure Resort & Spa, a Benchmark Resort® located in Fort Lauderdale.  Charles Reece, Benchmark's general manager at the resort, made the announcement.

"It is a pleasure to welcome David to Bonaventure," said Mr. Reece.  "He brings impressive sales and leadership skills to our resort, along with strong corporate and industry contacts.  We look forward to his active leadership of our sales and marketing department, and to his playing an important role within our property's executive team."

David Friedberg was most recently director of sales for The Kalahari Resort of Sandusky, Ohio, the largest resort and convention center under one roof in the Midwestern U.S.  Previous to this, Mr. Friedberg held several sales & marketing leadership positions within Marriott Hotels and Resorts.  These included serving as director of sales and marketing for the Saddlebrook Marriott in Saddle Brook, New Jersey, the Marriott East Side in New York City, and for both the Crystal Gateway and Crystal City Marriott hotels in Arlington, Virginia. 

Additionally, Mr. Friedberg was director of sales strategy and support for Marriott International's Lodging Sales Division, in which he provided strategic direction for sales leaders throughout the organization's network. While at Marriott's corporate headquarters, he also led the sales training programming for the company's Senior Living Division.  

Mr. Friedberg founded the Marriott Toastmasters and created the company's Golden Circle, a recognition program based on individuals exceeding specific goals, which was integrated into every Marriott located in North America. He began his hospitality career working in hotel sales and marketing for the storied Waldorf=Astoria in New York City.

An outstanding speaker and seminar leader, Mr. Friedberg has placed at #2 in the International Toastmasters competition.  He has delivered keynote speeches and training workshops to a variety of organizations, including the International Radio and Television Society and the United States Leadership Postal Forum.  Friedberg is a graduate of Florida International University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel Management.  He resides in Fort Lauderdale.

About Bonaventure Resort & Spa

Situated in the heart of the affluent neighborhood of Weston, Florida, Bonaventure Resort & Spa delivers an unparalleled resort experience that offers guests well-appointed accommodations, gourmet culinary options and a world-class spa. The AAA Four Diamond Resort, which became part of Benchmark Hospitality International's portfolio of hotels and resorts in September 2012, features 500 spacious guestrooms and suites, four swimming pools, fitness center, full service spa,  two championship PGA golf courses and multiple dining options, including the acclaimed AAA Four Diamond Ireland's Steakhouse.  Conveniently located just west of Greater Fort Lauderdale, the resort is just a short drive from Fort Lauderdale International Airport and offers guests easy access to area attractions including the nearby beaches, Florida Everglades eco-adventures, Sawgrass Mills Mall, the Bank Atlantic BB&T Center and nearby beaches.  For more information or reservations, please visit www.BonaventureResortandSpa.com, "Like" us on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter @BonaventureFL.

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. www.benchmarkresortsandhotels.com.  To become a fan on Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/BenchmarkResortsandHotels, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BenchmarkHotels.

Contact: Ken Ellens - KEN ELLENS COMMUNICATIONS

KenEllens@aol.com / 201-758-2864

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