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BENCHMARK Appoints Larry Johnson Director of Finance for Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center

HOUSTON, TX. October 18, 2017 - THE WOODLANDS… BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, has named Larry Johnson director of finance for Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center, a Benchmark Resorts & Hotels property located in Roanoke, Virginia. Hotel Roanoke is a part of Curio - A Collection by Hilton. Brian Wells, general manager, made the announcement.

“I am very happy to welcome Larry to our property,” said Mr. Wells. “He comes to us with important experience in hotel finance, gained in several leadership positions across multiple hotels. We look forward to his active participation as part of our executive team.”

Larry Johnson brings years of experience in hotel finance to his new position with Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center. He was previously director of finance for the Hilton Durham in his native state of North Carolina. During his tenure there Mr. Johnson was twice honored with the Director of Finance of the Year Award by Interstate Hotels & Resorts, which manages the property. He also held a seat on the company’s Finance Council. Johnson has served as director of finance for Embassy Suites by Hilton Raleigh Durham Research Triangle, the Embassy Suites by Hilton Greenville Golf Resort and Conference Center, and Durham Marriott City Center.

Mr. Johnson is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has relocated to Roanoke.

About The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center

The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center has 330 luxuriously appointed guest rooms and a 63,000-square-foot, high-tech conference center. It is a joint project of Virginia Tech and the City of Roanoke and is flagged as a Curio - A Collection by Hilton, under the management of Benchmark Hospitality International. The Hotel Roanoke is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and is a member of Historic Hotels of America. To learn more, visit www.HotelRoanoke.com. Become a fan on Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/TheHotelRoanoke, Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/TheHotelRoanoke, and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/hotelroanoke

About Curio – A Collection by Hilton

Curio – A Collection by Hilton™ (curio.com) is a global set of remarkable upscale and luxury hotels hand-picked for their unique character and personality; each one a part of the city they call home. Curio guests are passionate, independent-minded travelers seeking local and authentic experiences who value the added peace-of-mind that comes with the Hilton name and award-winning Hilton HHonors program. Curio joins a portfolio of world-class brands from Hilton Worldwide, a leading global hospitality company. Come discover the latest stories at news.curio.com, connect with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or inquire about development opportunities at hiltonworldwide.com/development.

About Benchmark Resorts & Hotels®

Benchmark Resorts & Hotels® features the finest in lodging, dining, recreational and meeting accommodations. Featuring unique and distinctive properties renown for exceptional service and for creating unforgettable memory-making experiences, it is the signature portfolio of BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, which has been a leading US-based hospitality management company for nearly 40 years. Many Benchmark Resort & Hotels' properties are certified by IACC, the association that represents the finest meeting venues and services globally, and many have also been recognized with the coveted Benchmark Conference Centers® certification of meeting excellence. www.benchmarkresortsandhotels.com. To become a fan on Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/BenchmarkResortsandHotels Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BenchmarkHotels, on Instagram at www.instagram.com/benchmarkresortsandhotels, and on Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/benchmarkhotels

Contact:
Ken Ellens
KenEllens@aol.com
201-758-2864

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