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CORPORATE DIRECTOR OF LEISURE SALES
For over 25 years, Suya has been active in hospitality sales and marketing for major brands within the industry, luxury resorts and independent and boutique properties, serving in important leadership and sales positions. She has a proven track record in sales, maximizing revenues and leading successful teams.
In her current role with Benchmark, Suya serves as the primary Benchmark Resorts & Hotels liaison for domestic and international luxury travel providers worldwide. With an extensive background representing luxury properties and destinations, she works directly with our travel industry partners in the retail and international wholesale segments to drive business to our resorts and hotels, as well as in cooperation with state and regional tourism boards and Brand USA.
Suya was director of sales and marketing for ONE Bal Harbour Resort & Spa in Bal Harbour, Florida and at Naples Bay Resort, in Naples, Florida, properties that were previously managed by Benchmark.
Direct Line: (239) 398-8245
DIRECTOR OF LEISURE SALES, LA CANTERA RESORT & SPA
Growing up with a father whose corporate job took his family to live in places in Europe and Asia, Christen began a love for experiencing travel and hospitality. After graduating with a degree in English Literature, Christen took a job as a flight attendant. Soon after the 9/11 tragedy, she moved to Los Angeles and began her career in hotels working for the Peninsula in Beverly Hills. Throughout the next 20 years, Christen has worked in hotel sales for Sea Island, Four Seasons, and now has found her home with us at La Cantera Resort & Spa as Director of Leisure Sales. Along with her love of travel, Christen enjoys spending time with her two children, Chip and Scarlett.
TRAVEL INDUSTRY SALES MANAGER, LA CANTERA RESORT & SPA
Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Ellyn moved to Los Angeles at 18 years old to pursue new adventures. She found them in hospitality at the luxury boutique Hotel Armano. After an initial two-year stint, she further ventured out in the world to Florence, Italy for what was intended to be a three-month excursion. Two years later, there was no doubt Ellyn was in love with exploring new cultures and the infinite possibilities of travel. Ultimately returning to Texas, Ellyn finished her degree and jumped back into hospitality at luxury boutique hotel Mokara Hotel. When opportunity allowed four years ago, she made La Cantera Resort & Spa her home, where leisure sales has been her constant conquest.
DIRECTOR OF SALES & MARKETING, YOTELPAD PARK CITY, UTAH
Diana is a ski industry veteran of 20-plus years who has held a variety of senior positions in the travel industry, from promoting destinations to independent and brand resorts and hotels, including Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, Telluride Ski Resort, Colorado Tourism Office - Luxury Leisure Sales, The Peaks, Telluride – Corporate Director of Leisure Sales, Timbers Resorts (The Sebastian, Vail; Catello di Casole, Tuscany, and Hokalala, Kauai) and Park Hyatt Beaver Creek – Director of Leisure Sales.
She credits her start in the industry to the fun she had as a child behind her grandparents’ front desk at the Nugget Hotel in Aspen, Colorado.
BUSINESS TRAVEL AND LEISURE SALES MANAGER, HOTEL VALLEY HO, ARIZONA
Originally from Santa Barbara, California, Jay has been active in the travel and hospitality industries for over 28 years. Carlson-Wagonlit Travel, Virtuoso, Sabre Hospitality, and The Travel Corporation are just a few of the companies that Jay has worked for. In 2005 he joined the sales team of the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale, Arizona and remained in that capacity for over 10 years. Following a short absence, Jay has re-joined the team in his previous role as Business Travel & Leisure Sales Manager and specializes in Production, Entertainment and Film crews. Jay lives in Paradise Valley, Arizona with his wife Olga and their two boxers, Rocky and Leila.
BUSINESS TRANSIENT AND LEISURE SALES MANAGER, MOUNTAIN SHADOWS RESORT, ARIZONA
Rachelle joined Mountain Shadows as part of the pre-opening team in December 2016. She successfully established partnerships with American Express - The Hotel Collection, Signature Travel Network, Ensemble and Travel Leaders Select for the resort. She is on the executive board for Prost Phoenix Scottsdale. Previous to joining the resort, she was with Starwood Hotels and held the position of Business Transient Sales from 2013-2016.
DIRECTOR OF LEISURE TRAVEL- INDUSTRY SALES, TURTLE BAY RESORT, HAWAII
Garry comes with a wealth of experience within the hospitality and travel industry, having spent the last 20-plus years holding a variety of senior positions, including Sales Manager NE, Pelican Hill Resort, Newport Coast, California; Director of Leisure Sales, Hamilton Princess, A Fairmont Managed Hotel, Bermuda; President of Perotin Portfolio; Director of Sales and Marketing for The Regent Palms Turks & Caicos; Director of Travel Sales at Entrée – Destinations; and Senior Director of Sales at GOGO Worldwide Vacations.
NORTHEAST LEISURE SALES REPRESENTATION- HAWKS CAY RESORT & EQUINOX RESORT
Deborah has over 20 years of experience selling to travel advisors in the key markets of Manhattan, Westchester, Long Island, Southern Connecticut and Northern New Jersey. Deborah is from the Bahamas, where she began her hospitality career. She launched DEB Marketing in 2002 and has developed a database of productive travel industry partners that is vital to so many destinations and resorts. Keeping advisors in the area informed with regular personal sales calls, Deborah is relied on for updated information, special touches for VIP clientele and sales support.
SOUTHEAST LEISURE SALES REPRESENTATION- HAWKS CAY RESORT & SANDERLING RESORT
Carol’s career in the travel industry spans over 30 years, with a strong, solid background in resort and hotel sales. Twenty years ago, she formed her sales representation company concentrating on generating business from the southeastern U.S. Based in Atlanta, her territory includes Georgia, North and South Carolina, Florida, Alabama and Tennessee. She offers sales coverage to travel agencies with sales visits and presentations and provides the necessary follow-up that is so crucial in our business. Carol also participates in industry trade shows, which greatly increase a resort’s visibility. She’s a member of the major travel industry organizations, where she’s served as a past president and board member.
Benchmark Resorts & Hotels may be found under our “BE” chain code in GDS.
As we do manage independent resorts & hotels, some of our properties may be found under affiliate partnerships.
PREFERRED HOTELS & RESORTS: CHAIN CODE “PH”
Cambridge Beaches, Bermuda
Hawks Cay Resort, Duck Key, Florida
Mountain Shadows, Paradise Valley, Arizona
Saranac Waterfront Lodge, Lake Saranac, New York
TRAVELCLICK: CHAIN CODE “WV”
Forest Suites Resort, at Heavenly Village - South Lake Tahoe, California
Chaminade Resort & Spa, Santa Cruz, California
Turtle Bay Resort, Oahu, Hawaii
Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center, College Station, Texas
Stonewall Resort, Roanoke, Virginia
YOTELPAD Park City, Park City, Utah
Margaritaville Lake Resort, Lake Conroe l Houston, Montgomery, Texas
Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center, Roanoke, Virginia
Hilton University of Florida Conference Center, Gainesville, Florida