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BENCHMARK Names Jean Marie Napoliello Director of Food & Beverage for Topnotch Resort, Stowe, VT

HOUSTON, TX. August 4, 2017 - THE WOODLANDS … BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, has named Jean Marie Napoliello director of food and beverage for Topnotch Resort, a Gemstone Collection property located in Stowe, Vermont. Robert Burnetti, general manager, made the announcement.

“It is with great pleasure that I welcome Jean Marie to Topnotch Resort and to Benchmark,” said Mr. Burnetti. “She comes to us with invaluable experience in managing resort food and beverage operations, and also running her own restaurant.”

Jean Marie Napoliello was most recently food and beverage manager for the Hilton Garden Inn, located in Burlington, Vermont. Previous to this, she served in the same position for Smuggler’s Notch Resort of Jeffersonville, Vermont.

Exercising her entrepreneurial talents, Ms. Napoliello owned and served as general manager of the Vermont Supper Club, a restaurant she created, opened and operated in Hardwick, Vermont. She attended Hampshire College of Amherst, Massachusetts, and Elizabethtown College, located in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. Ms. Napoliello is relocating to Stowe.

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