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BENCHMARK Appoints Kevin Rosa Director of Sales & Marketing for Villas of Grand Cypress, A Gemstone Collection Property

HOUSTON, TX. August 1, 2017 - THE WOODLANDS - BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, has named Kevin Rosa director of sales & marketing for the Forbes Four Star-rated Villas of Grand Cypress, a Gemstone Collection property located in Orlando, Florida. Mark Cox, BENCHMARK's general manager at the resort, made the announcement.

“It is a pleasure to welcome Kevin to Villas of Grand Cypress and to Benchmark,” said Mr. Cox. “He comes to us with extraordinary leadership experience gained at distinguished resorts in important markets, with a particular focus on Florida. He is a terrific addition to our team!”

Kevin Rosa brings nearly three decades of experience to his new position at Villas of Grand Cypress. He was most recently director of sales and marketing for the Loews Don Cesar Hotel and the Beach House Suites by Loews Don Cesar of St. Petersburg, Florida. He has served in the same position for such signature properties as Turnberry Isle Miami and The Sagamore, Bolton Landing, New York. Mr. Rosa was associate director of sales for The Cloister and The Lodge at Sea Island in Georgia. Earlier in his career he worked with the landmark Greenbrier of White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, and The Breakers, in Palm Beach, Florida.

Mr. Rosa earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Hotel, Restaurant and Travel Administration at Georgia State University. He has been honored by serving on numerous Chamber and CVB Boards throughout his career.

About Villas of Grand Cypress

A hidden oasis tucked away in Orlando's Lake Buena Vista neighborhood (adjacent to Walt Disney World®), Villas of Grand Cypress presents a Forbes Four Star, AAA Four Diamond experience unique to the area. Tree lined roads weave through this 1,500-acre retreat that offers 146 elegantly appointed guest suites and villas framing 45 holes of Jack Nicklaus Signature-designed golf. Accommodations at the Villas of Grand Cypress range from oversized suites to 2,800 square-foot four-bedroom villas, complete with full kitchens, living and dining areas, fireplaces, and extended patios for lounging and grilling. A strong emphasis on luxury service culture adds to a comprehensive roster of amenities that rival that of a large-scale resort: golf enthusiasts can perfect their swing with state-of-the-art learning technologies at the Grand Cypress Academy of Golf while non-golfers explore an abundance of other offerings, including on-site dining, in-room spa services, a swimming pool, bicycle rentals, fitness center, fishing, and access to the Grand Cypress Racquet Club, jogging and walking trails, and watersports on Lake Windsong. www.grandcypress.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-hotels

Contact:
Ken Ellens
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201-758-2864

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