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1780 Hughes Landing Blvd, Suite 400

The Woodlands, TX 77380

Toll Free Reservations 844-258-7210

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THE GLOBAL SALES TEAM

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OUR EXPERT MEETING ADVISORS:

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PAUL BASHAW

CORPORATE DIRECTOR GLOBAL SALES

Paul Bashaw oversees all corporate national sales initiatives for the company including the expansion of Benchmark's National Sales Team in order to support the company's aggressive development plans. Paul has over 20 years’ experience working with meeting and event planners and has an extensive background in hotel sales and marketing.

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JOHN MACMULLEN

GLOBAL SALES & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

John MacMullen continues to drive business development for the Global Sales Team by creating new and innovative methods for our  sales professionals to connect with meeting planners across the country.  He brings with him years of experience as a Benchmark regional director for sales and marketing over our South Florida destinations where he was awarded Benchmark'ssales leader of the year.

Previously, Mr. MacMullen's career had him leading the sales and marketing efforts of world-class golf and beach resorts throughout the Caribbean, including Jamaica, St. Lucia, Dominican Republic, Curacao and The Bahamas.

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DANIELLE DUNFEE

GLOBAL ACCOUNT MANAGER - SOUTHEAST 

Danielle Dunfee manages Southeast Accounts for Benchmark. She previously worked for a Destination Management Company and executed Fortune 500 corporate group functions. Her meetings and events experience provide exception experiences for her clients. Danielle is also an active member of her local Junior League chapter promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community.

BRYNN KESSLER

GLOBAL ACCOUNT MANAGER - WEST COAST

Brynn Kessler oversees West Coast sales for Benchmark, a Global Hospitality Company. Brynn is a native Californian, with an extensive hospitality career concentrated in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She has been with Benchmark since 2013, beginning at Chaminade Resort & Spa in Santa Cruz as Associate Director of Sales.

LINDA MAURER

GLOBAL ACCOUNTS MANAGER - SOUTHWEST

Linda Maurer manages Southwest Accounts for Benchmark, responsible for overseeing and managing all accounts in this region.  She resides in Austin Texas with an extensive hospitality career that has focused primarily in the Texas Region.  Linda is a member of Texas Society of Association Executives and was formerly the President of HSMAI’s Austin Chapter for two years.

SUYA DAVENPORT 

CORPORATE DIRECTOR OF LEISURE SALES

Suya Davenport is corporate director of leisure sales for BENCHMARK. She serves as the primary liaison to domestic and international luxury travel providers. With an extensive background in representing luxury properties and destinations, Ms. Davenport works directly with travel industry partners.

MOUSUMI JOHNSON

NATIONAL SALES ASSOCIATE

Mousumi serves as a national sales associate for Benchmark, responsible for the oversight and management of accounts in the diverse portfolio. She has an extensive background in destination and hotel sales and marketing.

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CELEBRATE SOMETHING SPECIAL AT A BENCHMARK RESORT OR HOTEL

Your most ideal experience comes to life when you plan your special occasion at a Benchmark resort or hotel. Whether you are saying "I do," celebrating something special, renewing your vows, throwing a birthday celebration, or hosting a magnificent gala, we invite you to take part in something truly magical.  Choose from one of our inspiring destination wedding resorts or hotel venues to create the most memorable events and occasions.

WHERE DREAMS COME TRUE

Romance Awaits

INSPIRING VENUES, BREATHTAKING SETTINGS.

Whether you are planning a sophisticated gala for a thousand people or a relaxed gathering for a few, the professional catering services teams at the Benchmark resort or hotel of your choice will create a flawless event from start to finish. You can expect personalized service, an outstanding professional staff, stunning surroundings, and delectable cuisine. Events can be customized to your perfection, including: décor, special themes, and menus for budgets of all sizes.

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Creating moments to last a lifetime

HONEYMOON DESTINATIONS

ADVENTURE AND ROMANCE AWAIT YOU AT A BENCHMARK RESORT OR HOTEL

After the perfect wedding at a Benchmark Resort or Hotel, escape on a romantic, relaxing Honeymoon at one of our many stunning properties. Benchmark Resorts & Hotels offers romantic boutique hotels and fabulous resort destinations offering the perfect honeymoon locations. Romance and adventure packages are available at most Benchmark resorts or hotels.

FOOD & DECOR

LET US HELP YOU CHOOSE THE BEST FOOD AND DÉCOR FOR YOUR EVENT

Coming up with a theme for your event can be difficult and choices overwhelming. Let the professional catering teams at Benchmark Resorts & Hotels guide you through your selection of specialty food and décor to compliment your personalized event.

MEETINGS ACCELERATOR INITIATIVE

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A MESSAGE FROM ERIC GAVIN

CHIEF SALES OFFICER BENCHMARK, A GLOBAL HOSPITALITY COMPANY

While these unprecedented times have forced us apart, we remain engaged and united in a common goal: to bring people together for the purpose of collaboration, ideation, and celebration. It is you, our valued planners, clients, and partners who have supported Benchmark’s growth over the years and we take great pride in these relationships. While there remain many unknowns, we are all aligned in the belief that we are stronger together; and together we will overcome.

As we begin to look ahead to brighter days, I am encouraged by the resolve of our teams, our partners, and our industry. It is that same resolve that has guided our efforts in developing a plan of action to help accelerate the recovery efforts for us all. A plan to aid you in converting business in the short term, while also financially supporting your ability to advance future opportunities.

Additionally, in speaking with many of you, we have developed new and relevant best practices that are mindful of your concerns surrounding health and safety at future meetings and events. These best practices address a broad range of touch points to include the meeting environment, food and beverage presentation and preparation, team building and event management throughout our portfolio. 

The business of meetings is always evolving and through our combined ingenuity and continued alliance we will move forward together. We are hopeful you will choose Benchmark for your future meetings and events.

Benchmark Partner Initiative

We will support our intermediary partners by increasing our commission structure on room revenue from 10% to 12% for new business booked prior to June 30, 2021. Further, we will provide 7% of that anticipated commission within 30 days of the confirmed booking. The commission payouts are as follows:  

A commission of 5% of rooms spend will be paid within 30 days of contract signing (and receipt of initial deposit)
A 2% Business Development stimulus will be paid within 30 days of contract signing (and receipt of initial deposit)
A commission of 5% of rooms spend (adjusted to actual) will be paid within 30 days of settlement of Master Account

*Program applies to new business only. Not applicable to meeting booked before 4/15/20. Additional contract terms do apply. Program is subject to participation and availability at the Hotel’s discretion, and the Hotel reserves the right to cancel or modify this offer at any time for any reason.

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Transformational Meetings

INSPIRED BY A SENSE OF HEALTH & WELLBEING

We realize these are unsettling times and want to assure you we recognize the seriousness of health concerns. We are proactively taking all necessary actions to keep our hotels, resorts and conference centers as healthy and safe as possible. Above all, we are constantly monitoring and following the guidelines created by the CDC and US Health Officials.

As we all move forward with a heightened awareness for health and wellness practices, Benchmark invites you to experience the transformation of the ordinary meeting. Our approach embraces thoughtful accommodations for safe distancing and elevated hygiene procedures, while providing distinctive meeting environments and mindfulness programming that inspires creativity, invigorates passion and enriches the mind, body and spirit.

Our teams have developed thoughtfully curated health and wellbeing meeting packages which provide confidence in our operational approach, combined with turn-key wellness programming to offer attendees a unique and enriching conference experience.

We want you to know that whether you are working on meetings and events now or in the future, the safety, wellbeing and enduring experience of your attendees is our priority.

Health and Wellbeing Design Elements

With the personal growth and improved wellbeing of your attendees in mind, our experiential meeting packages have been evolved to include four core components which draw upon the unique services, amenities and experiences at each of our properties.

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Meeting Environment

Creative meeting space setups to optimize healthy hygiene practices while providing a setting that stimulates collaboration and innovation.

  • Safe social distance spacing
  • Hygiene and sanitizer stations
  • Air purification, infusers and aroma therapies
  • Staggered breaks and event entry/exit timing

Activated Breaks

Mindfulness programming and activities complement our coffee break food and beverage to fuel greater energy and engagement.

  • Invigorating guided wellbeing exercises including meditation, yoga and stress relieving breathing rituals for groups of any size
  • Brain teasers and games to promote networking and movement
  • Flash mob dances and exercises designed to stimulate a break or ignite a general session
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Food and Beverage

Benchmark recognizes that the food and beverage experience is paramount to any successful meeting and event.

  • Our culinary experiences activate the best our locations have to offer. Leading culinarians and skilled mixologists will work alongside you to craft menus tailored to surprise and delight your attendees.
  • We recognize that nutrition and wellness play an increasing role in defining sustainable foods, as such it is important to us to focus on plant-based and whole foods with fewer processed ingredients.
  • Our initiatives on responsible sourcing and sustainable partnerships are at the core of our food and beverage programming. We source sustainable foods that are produced without hazardous pesticides and chemicals, non-essential antibiotics or growth promotion supplements.
  • We support local cooperatives who catch, harvest and produce the food we serve. We are proud to work alongside these partners to help support their local communities. We know where our food comes from and take pride in telling their story.
  • We partner with food and beverage brands within our properties by offering products that support sustainability, fair labor and charitable causes.

Team Building & Wellbeing

Enriching programs and activities inspired by the unique recreational amenities and local experiences at each property have been reengineered to emphasize opportunities to enrich the mind, body and spirit of each attendee. Some sample group and individual experiences include:

  • Get out and move to be well! The link between physical activity and good health has been clinically and scientifically proven. Local outings and adventures provide an opportunity to experience the best of each destination while getting attendees moving, initiating or deepening relationships and engaging in activities with a true sense of place.
  • Enrich the soul by giving back while coming together. Teambuilding initiatives that involve community and charitable activities for social impact enhance personal growth and group mindfulness. Our planners will help you select from an array of indoor, outdoor and hands-on charitable activities or will customize one to meet your needs.
  • Navigating health and wellness information overload. One-on-one or a group session with a health coach to help educate and make sense of the array of wellness approaches available. What is real and what is not, what is useful and what is trendy, what steps to follow and HOW to follow them.
  • The art of wellness. Unleash the power of creative expression on improving health and wellbeing. Arranged painting and drawing classes for all levels of artists include everything needed including the wine and appetizers!
  • Slowing down the tempo to improve results. Planned quiet activities like meditation, breathing sessions, yoga or planned recharging stations with residential seating and natural light can reduce stress and even promote connections between attendees.
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MEETING THE MOMENT

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Restart, Reconnect and Re-energize Your Teams

Let’s Meet the Moment Together

For over forty years, Benchmark has been an industry leader dedicated to bringing people and organizations together to stimulate innovation, collaboration, and motivation through meetings and conferences.  With the launch of Meeting the Moment, Benchmark's panel of experts are offering you and your organization guidance, reassurance, and technical support in the areas of team building, group dining, meeting room design, and technology solutions. I invite you to explore the videos below for more information on how to conduct a safe event that meets your meeting objectives, keeps costs in line, and engages your team.

Eric Gavin
Chief Sales Officer

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