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The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, November 2018… BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, has appointed Douglas Jensen director of finance for The Grove Resort & Spa Orlando, a Benchmark Resorts & Hotels property located near Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.  Bill Lee, general manager, made the announcement.

“It is such a pleasure to welcome Doug to The Grove,” stated Mr. Lee.  “He brings to our resort broad hospitality experience and financial acumen gained at landmark properties, as well as intimate knowledge of the Orlando market. He is an excellent addition to our executive team.”

Doug Jensen was previously corporate director of accounting for The Kessler Collection of Orlando, Florida. He has served as vice president of finance for the iconic Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, and was chief financial officer for Adams Mark Hotels and Resorts. Earlier in his career Mr. Jensen worked with the Howard Hughes hotel and gaming organization in Las Vegas and the Caribbean, as well as for Polynesian Village Hotel at Walt Disney World in Orlando.

Mr. Jensen is a graduate of the College of Hotel Administration at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He and his family reside in Orlando, Florida.

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. More than 500 of The Grove’s 878 residential-style suites are currently open – each with a full kitchen, full-size washer and dryer, multiple bathrooms, and screened patio – offering guests all the comforts of home, while the resort’s hearty collection of amenities deliver the luxuries of a full-service resort. Guests enjoy three swimming pools, a selection of watersports at The Grove’s Lake Austin Pier, the intimate Escape Spa, fitness center, a children’s activities area, as well as food and drink options that include the large-scale grab-and-go-style Alfresco Market, the poolside Springs Bar & Grill, and a fusion of Italian, French, and Spanish cuisine at the resort’s main restaurant, Valencia. The Grove’s signature Surfari Water Park opened on March 1, 2018 with two twisting tube slides, a kid’s activity pool, a lazy river stretching almost 700 feet, and a FlowRider® Double surf simulator; its own poolside eatery, Longboard Bar & Grill, opened in April 2018. 6,000 square feet of flexible space is available for weddings, family reunions, and other meetings and special events. 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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