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HOSPITALITY

Benchmark Resorts & Hotels

>> Benchmark's strategic objectives are to be the best place to build a future in the hospitality industry, and to deliver personalized and extraordinary service to guests.

Staying True

Benchmark Resorts & Hotels continues to emphasize the importance of its
employees and communities as it diversifies its portfolio. By Bianca Herron

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n 1980, Humberto "Burt" Cabanas founded Benchmark Resorts & Hotels. A

Cuban immigrant who got his start in the hospitality industry as a pool attendant in South Beach Miami, Cabanas' passion for the business helped
launch the company, starting with a conference center.
"Over the years we got into resorts, lifestyle as well as boutique hotels," Senior Vice President of Operations Todd Felsen says. "Burt went on to become a
founding member of the International Association of
company profile
Conference Centers (IACC) and partnered with RedBenchmark Resorts & Hotels
stone Capital in 1998, which established a real estate
www.benchmarkresortsandhotels.com
fund moving forward."
HQ: The Woodlands, Texas
Employees: 10,000+
Thirty-six years later, the Woodlands, Texas-based
Todd Felsen, senior vice president
of operations: "Our No. 1 goal is the
company has more than 58 hotels and resorts, and
passion to be the difference in creating
independent conference centers that it manages for
memorable experiences for the individuals that we serve."
major companies, including Lockheed Martin, World

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of Whirlpool and Deloitte University
outside of Dallas. The company also
has an asset management division,
which oversees 12 properties and is
growing. Currently, Cabanas serves
as the company's chairman, and two
years ago passed the reins to his son,
Alex, who now serves as CEO.
"Everything is a testament to Burt's
vision and his strategic belief of what
he wanted to see the company do,"
Felsen explains. "For me, being a part
of such a great organization is very
important for both my family and me.


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