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BENCHMARK Names Ruben Sabater Director of Operations for Marenas Beach Resort, A Gemstone Collection Property

HOUSTON, TX. May 3, 2017 - The Woodlands - BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, has appointed Ruben Sabater director of operations for Marenas Beach Resort, a Gemstone Collection property located in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida. Rikki Boparai, managing director, made the announcement.

"I am so pleased to welcome Ruben back to Benchmark,” said Mr. Boparai. “Not only is he well-versed in Benchmark’s ‘Be The Difference’ service culture, he has intimate knowledge of the local and regional markets, which will be invaluable to our hotel.”

Ruben Sabater was previously general manager of The Sherry Frontenac Resort of Miami Beach, Florida. Prior to this appointment he worked with the Benchmark organization as regional engineering and facilities consultant, and earlier as director of operations for One Bal Harbour Resort & Spa, which Benchmark operated at the time.

Prior to joining Benchmark, Mr. Sabater held leadership roles with the Mandarin Oriental Miami (director of engineering) as well as the Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Tower. He resides in Miami.

About Marenas Beach Resort

Set ocean side in Miami’s booming Sunny Isles Beach, Marenas Beach Resort presents an international flare perfectly suited to its locale. This boutique style hotel features 190 suites and guest rooms that offer a range of accommodations – from intimate retreats to expansive penthouses with full kitchens. Guests enjoy idyllic ocean and city views from generous-sized balconies; in-room luxuries such as king size beds, washers and dryers, DVD players, and Keurig coffee makers add to Marenas’ comfortable décor. Food and beverage options are plentiful, with breakfast, lunch and dinner available in the Caracol restaurant, cocktails in lobby respite, M Bar, as well as service along the resort’s 2.5 mile stretch of Atlantic oceanfront, private swimming pool, and in-room dining. Marenas Beach Resort’s prime location between Miami and Fort Lauderdale affords guests access to a variety of activities, including luxe shopping at Aventura Mall and Bal Harbour Shops, Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road, watersports, golf, boating, and cultural happenings. http://marenasresortmiami.com/

About Gemstone Collection

The Gemstone Collection includes distinctive hand-picked properties in spectacular and popular U.S. destinations coast to coast. Each upscale resort and hotel destination provides highly-personalized service and luxury reflective of the charm and unique character of the destination, while in keeping with the collection’s shared mission and passion for excellence. A distinguished portfolio of BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, which has been a leading US-based hospitality management company for nearly 40 years, the Gemstone Collection is the preferred choice of guests who yearn for inspiring and transformative experiences, customization over conformity, stimulation over predictability, and adventure over routine. www.gemstonehotelcollection.com To become a fan on Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/GemstoneHotelCollection, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GemstoneHotels, on Instagram at www.instagram.com/gemstonehotels, and on Pinterest at https://www.pinterest.com/benchmarkhotels/gemstone-hotel

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