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Burt CabaƱas Receives Global Distinguished Service Award from IACC


The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, April 2012 … Benchmark Hospitality International, a leading U.S.-based hospitality management company, has announced that Founder, Chairman & CEO Burt Cabañas has received the prestigious Global Distinguished Service Award. The award was presented recently during the Annual Meeting of the International Association of Conference Centers (IACC), the leading professional organization governing the multi-billion dollar conference center industry on five continents. Established in 2009, the Global Distinguished Service Award annually recognizes the contributions of a member who has made a sustained commitment and contribution to IACC and to the conference center industry at the global level and across member chapters.

"I am very pleased to have received this distinguished award from my colleagues throughout IACC," said Mr. Cabañas. "This organization is a vital link between providers of productive meeting experiences globally and the myriad of customers who have found the conference center concept as the most beneficial product available for helping them achieve corporate meeting goals. To have been a part of this growing organization for 30 years is rewarding for me and I'm so appreciative of this recognition."

“I can’t think of anyone more deserving of the Global Distinguished Service Award than Burt Cabañas,” stated Peter Stewart, global president of IACC. “He was here at our inception, led us through the challenging early years, and helped set the standards that have made us develop into a global leader within the conference industry. Importantly, Burt never lost sight of the critical nature of face-to-face meetings, and the human need to connect.”

A founding member of IACC 30 years ago, Burt Cabañas has been a tireless promoter of the professional association and the conference center industry over the decades, including serving for eight years on the IACC Americas Board of Directors and for two years as its President. He is also a previous recipient of IACC's coveted Mel Hosansky Award for Distinguished Service in recognition of his contributions to IACC and the conference center industry in the United States.

During the same three-decade period, Mr. Cabañas founded Benchmark Hospitality International, which is today a leading privately-held hospitality management company with a portfolio of 35 properties coast to coast, offshore, in Asia and with future development in Latin America. With the Global Distinguished Service Award, Mr. Cabañas was also recognized for his dedication and service to his alma mater, Florida International University, serving as Board member and Chairman of the Industry Advisory Board for FIU’s highly respected School of Hospitality Management.

Nominees for IACC’s Global Distinguished Service Award must have strived for the advancement of the conference center industry and the promotion of IACC standards within their own country on an ongoing basis. Other noted contributions include efforts to educate the industry and members on the value of IACC and to improve the benefits available to members. Additionally, nominees must have fostered relationships between the various segments of the industry around the globe. Burt Cabañas has excelled in each area of service.

About Benchmark Hospitality International

Benchmark Hospitality International is a leader in the management and marketing of resorts, conference centers, hotels, and Personal Luxury Resorts & HotelsSM. The independent company, launched in 1980, is a worldwide organization operating properties in major metropolitan and resort destinations. Benchmark's international headquarters is located in The Woodlands, Texas, near Houston. Benchmark Hospitality is also a founding member of the International Association of Conference Centers. The company's eastern regional office is in New Jersey, western regional office is in Washington, with international offices in Tokyo, Japan, and Santiago, Chile. For the location of Benchmark's properties and additional information, visit


Ken Ellens
Ken Ellens Communications