BENCHMARK, a global hospitality company | May 4, 2021
THE WOODLANDS, TX – May 4, 2021 – BENCHMARK, a global hospitality company, today announces the promotion of Claire Lieberman to vice president of business development. As a leader within Benchmark’s robust development team, Lieberman will drive forward the continual growth of the Texas-based management company that operates more than 80 assets worldwide. Lieberman initially joined Benchmark in February 2020 as senior director of business development, bringing with her nearly a decade of hotel management, investment, acquisition, and development experience. Since then, Lieberman has proven instrumental in the stabilization and expansi...
Willows Lodge | March 25, 2021
The Woodlands (Houston), Texas - March 25, 2021 - BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, has named Anthony Berkau general manager for Willows Lodge, a Gemstone Collection property located in Woodinville, Washington State’s renowned wine country. Greg Champion, Benchmark’s president & COO, made the announcement. "It is with great pleasure that I formally announce Anthony’s latest promotion within our company and at this remarkable property,” said Mr. Champion. “He brings strong leadership skills to his new role and solid management experience that he uses to drive positive change, consistently elevating guest servi...
Burt Cabañas, Founder and Chairman of BENCHMARK®, A Global Hospitality Company, Named Chairman of the FIU Foundation
FIU Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management: | March 17, 2021
The Woodlands, Houston, Texas - March 17, 2021 - Burt Cabañas, founder and chairman of BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, has been named chairman of the Florida International University (FIU) Foundation. A 1976 graduate of FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, Mr. Cabañas served on FIU’s Chaplin School Industry Advisory Board from 2002 – 2014 and in the role of Chairman from 2009 – 2014. He joined the FIU Foundation Board in 2014, serving as vice chair from 2018-2020, and becoming chairman this year. "It is an honor to serve in this capacity and give back to an industry and to a university that...
BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company | March 11, 2021
Expert Team of Leaders Offer Personalized Solutions for Planners The Woodlands, Houston, Texas - March 11, 2021 - As the meetings industry continues to confront the profound changes and challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, is launching a visionary new educational initiative to help meeting planning professionals. “Meeting the Moment” is a strategic initiative designed to address today’s issues while laying the foundation for safer, healthier and more productive meetings in 2021. The program provides customized information and solutions to help planners deal with the complexities ...
BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company | March 1, 2021
The Woodlands (Houston), Texas - March 1, 2021 - BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, announces the Ten Top Trends that are impacting and transforming meetings in 2021. The trends were observed by Benchmark’s portfolio of 80 meeting hotels, resorts and conference centers located coast to coast. Benchmark is the leading U.S.-based independent hospitality management company, operating award-winning properties within its Benchmark Resorts & Hotels, Gemstone Collection and Benchmark Conference Centers brands. Benchmark’s 2021 meeting trends were announced by Eric Gavin, chief sales officer. “If there’s one thing we l...
BENCHMARK® Appoints Chris Steffich as General Manager for the David Rubenstein Forum at the University of Chicago
the David Rubenstein Forum | February 24, 2021
The Woodlands, Texas - February 24, 2021 - BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, formally announces the appointment of Chris Steffich as general manager for the David Rubenstein Forum at the University of Chicago, a new conference center recently opened on the Hyde Park Campus of the University of Chicago. Greg Champion, president and COO, made the announcement. "It is a pleasure to formally announce Chris’ newest position within our company,” said Mr. Champion. “He is a proven leader, understands Benchmark’s Be The Difference service culture exceptionally well, and brings previous experience within the Chicagoland market t...
BENCHMARK® Appoints Eric J. Bates as General Manager, Wingspread Retreat & Executive Conference Center
Wingspread Retreat & Executive Conference Center | February 17, 2021
The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, February 2021 … BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, formally announces the appointment of Eric Bates as general manager for Wingspread Retreat & Executive Conference Center, a Benchmark Resorts & Hotels conference center hotel located in Racine, Wisconsin. Ellen Sinclair, Benchmark’s senior vice president, operations, made the announcement. "It is a real pleasure to formally announce Eric’s newest position within our company,” said Ms. Sinclair. “He is a proven leader and actively embraces Benchmark’s Be The Difference service culture. He is also a native of Wisconsin and ...
BENCHMARK Names Robert Marusi Chief Commercial Officer for Turtle Bay Resort, A North Shore Landmark
Benchmark Resorts & Hotels® | February 11, 2021
The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, February 2021… BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, has named Robert Marusi chief commercial officer for Turtle Bay Resort, situated at the northern tip of Oahu’s legendary North Shore. The luxury resort is scheduled to reopen after a major, transformational renovation in summer 2021. "It is such a pleasure to announce that Robert has joined the leadership team at Turtle Bay Resort,” said Ted Davis, chief marketing officer for BENCHMARK®. “He brings extensive sales leadership experience and business acumen to his new role with us, having served in director-level positions for major propertie...
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