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The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, November 2017 … BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, has named Tom Garcia vice president and general manager of High Hampton Inn & Country Club.  A Benchmark Resort & Hotels property, the legendary resort is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Cashiers, North Carolina. Greg Champion, Benchmark’s president & COO, made the announcement. 

"Tom has been instrumental in supporting our company’s continued growth,” said Mr. Champion.  "He brings our company’s signature Be The Difference brand promise to High Hampton Inn, and his experience and expertise will be a wonderful asset in helping to oversee this unique, historical, and extraordinary destination in the future. We congratulate Tom on his new role with us.”

A longtime Benchmark executive, Tom Garcia has held several senior leadership positions with Benchmark.  These include serving as vice president and general manager of Eaglewood Resort & Spa in Chicago, serving as vice president of operations for the company’s Midwest properties, as vice president food & beverage, and taking on special task force assignments guiding new properties within Benchmark’s brand portfolios.

Previous to joining Benchmark, Mr. Garcia was vice president and regional manager for Noble House Hotels & Resorts.  He has held senior leadership positions at landmark hotels and resorts for leading hospitality brands within the United States and the Caribbean, including in Dallas, Houston, Lake Tahoe, Phoenix, Aruba and Grand Cayman.

Tom Garcia received his Bachelor of Science degrees in both Accounting and Management Information Systems from California State University.  He has previously served in leadership roles for the Dallas and Houston Convention and Visitors Bureaus, the Hotel Association of Dallas and Downtown Dallas.  He is relocating to Cashiers.  

About High Hampton Inn & Country Club

High Hampton Inn & Country Club, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has for 95 years operated as a rustic yet elegant mountain inn overlooking the spectacular scenery of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Amenities at this 3,600-foot elevation, 1,400-acre, 116-room resort (with lodge rooms, cottages and cabins, all with private bath) include a myriad of seasonal events (children’s programs, llama walks, golf and tennis clinics, dahlia dinners, etc.), an 18-hole George W. Cobb-designed golf course, a full dining room with three sumptuous buffets daily, five tennis courts, spa, hiking trails and a 35-acre lake for swimming, boating, fishing, and other water-related activities. Visit High Hampton Inn at 1525 Highway 107 South in Cashiers, N.C. 28717. For more detailed information, see the website at www.highhamptoninn.com or contact reservations toll-free at 800-334-2551.

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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