THE WOODLANDS, TX — BENCHMARK has named Eric Bates General Manager for Eaglewood Resort & Spa, a Benchmark Resorts & Hotels property located in Itasca (Chicago), IL.
“It is such a pleasure to welcome Eric to Benchmark and to Eaglewood Resort & Spa,” said Greg Champion, Benchmark’s President & COO. “I can’t think of anyone more qualified to take this property to even greater levels of business success, given Eric’s previous experience and understanding of the Chicagoland market. We look forward to his leadership here.”
Bates was previously General Manager for the Chicago Marriott Lincolnshire Resort. Prior to that he held the position of Director of Lodging & Homeowner Relations for the 6,800-acre Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa of Galena, IL. Over his career he has served in a number of leadership positions for major hotel brands such as Hilton, InterContinental Hotels and the Stouffer Hotel Company, in addition to Marriott International.
In 2017, the Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association awarded Bates a coveted regional Hotelier of the Year award for the second time.