Benchmark Hospitality Names Kirk Jones SVP, Finance

kirkjonesTHE WOODLANDS, Texas—Benchmark Hospitality International has named Kirk Jones senior vice president of finance. Greg Champion, Benchmark’s chief operating officer, made the announcement.

“It is with great pleasure that I welcome Kirk to the Benchmark Hospitality organization,” said Champion. “He brings important expertise within our market niche—independently-branded hotels and resorts, as well as a global perspective on the hospitality industry.”

In his new role, Jones has responsibility for the overall financial operations of Benchmark Hospitality International and the company’s portfolio of nearly 40 hotels, resorts and meeting facilities. Additionally, he lends strategic direction to and oversees the deployment of Benchmark’s financial assets system-wide.

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Prior to joining Benchmark Hospitality, Jones was executive vice president of finance for Capella Hotel Group, a company with a portfolio of independent and branded properties across the globe. His position included financial oversight of hotels and resorts in the international markets of the European Union, Russia, China, Indonesia, Singapore, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

Jones previously founded and operated an independent special event management company that concentrated on high-end social gatherings. Prior to this endeavor, he held property and regional financial positions within several branded hotel companies, including Hilton, Ritz-Carlton, Doubletree, and Embassy Suites.