Michele Farkas Appointed Regional Director of Human Resources

/Michele Farkas Appointed Regional Director of Human Resources

Michele Farkas Appointed Regional Director of Human Resources

|2016-08-05T13:53:02-05:00August 5th, 2016|

The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, August 2016 … The newly merged Benchmark Resorts & Hotels and Gemstone Hotels & Resorts, recognized global leaders in the management and marketing of resorts, hotels and conference centers, have appointed Michele Farkas regional director of human resources. Ms. Farkas will be based at The Grove Resort & Spa, an 878 room all-suite property opening January 9, 2017, near Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. She will have additional oversight of Benchmark/Gemstone properties in the Midwest and along the east coast. Bill Lee, The Grove’s general manager, made the announcement.

“I am thrilled to welcome Michele to The Grove Resort & Spa,” said Mr. Lee. “In an important way she brings the company’s acclaimed ‘Be The Difference’ guest service culture to our resort family during the critically-important preopening phase. We look forward to her active role within our senior leadership team and across other areas of the region.”

Michele Farkas is a long-time Benchmark human resources executive, having served for two decades as director of human resources at the company’s Chicago flagship property, Eaglewood Resort & Spa. Over the years, Ms. Farkas has also held lead field staff responsibilities for Benchmark, managing hotel openings, transitions, and new additions. Her tenure continues in this newly expanded regional role, lending her expertise to unique and distinctive properties in the growing Benchmark/Gemstone portfolio, including Doral Arrowwood of Rye Brook, New York, Hotel Roanoke of Roanoke, Virginia, The Chattanoogan in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and the group’s hotels and resorts across Florida, among others.

Prior to joining Benchmark, Ms. Farkas served as regional human resources manager for the Teknon Corporation of Farmers Branch, Texas. She attended Indiana University with a focus on business management and is a Certified HR Executive and Certified Hospitality Trainer from the American Hotel and Lodging Association.

Ms. Farkas is a published photographer and has authored three fine art photography books, two Work/Life Balance books and a Human Resources book. She has relocated to the Orlando area.

About The Grove Resort & Spa

The Grove Resort & Spa will open in Orlando, Florida on January 9, 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 Grove will become a sanctuary from the boisterous pace of the outside world, neighboring theme parks, luxury shopping, and entertainment centers. 878 two and three bedroom residential-style suites with full kitchens, full-size washers and dryers, multiple bathrooms, and screened patios will offer guests the comforts of home, while the resort's hearty collection of amenities will deliver the luxuries of a full-service resort. Four swimming pools and the Surfari Water Park will be a focal point of The Grove experience, with its interactive water structure with multiple slides, a lazy river stretching more than 725 feet, and the first surf simulator at any Orlando hotel. Guests will also enjoy a selection of watersports at the resort's lakeside dock, an intimate spa, fitness center, and a children's game room. Dining options will include the indoor/outdoor Valencia restaurant, Longboard Bar & Grill and Springs Bar & Grill at the pool areas, with additional food options available at the large scale grab-and-go. 6,000 square feet of flexible space will be available for weddings, family reunions, and other meetings and special events. The Grove Resort & Spa is managed by Houston, Texas-based Benchmark Hospitality International. For more information, please visit www.GroveResortOrlando.com.  Follow The Grove via Facebook.com/thegroveresortorlando and on Twitter and Instagram at @thegroveresort.

Contact: Ken Ellens

[email protected] /201-758-2864

Benchmark Resorts & Hotels® represents the finest in lodging, dining, recreational and meeting accommodations. Many are certified by IACC, 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.

About Gemstone Hotels & Resorts LLC

Headquartered in Park City, Utah, with offices in Stamford, Connecticut, and Miami Florida, Gemstone is a full-service management company that specializes in luxury and upscale hotels and complex resorts.  Gemstone currently manages 19 hotels and resorts throughout the United States.  For more information about Gemstone, please visit www.gemstoneresorts.com.

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