Industry Update
Appointment 7 August 2019

Sandra McDowell

Named Director of Human Resources at Stonewall Resort
At Stonewall Resort - WV, USA

 Sandra McDowell

Sandra McDowell was previously director of human resources for William R. Sharpe, Jr., Hospital of Weston, West Virginia. She earlier worked in human resources and sales management for Lowe's Companies, Inc.Ms. McDowell is a graduate of Clarksburg Business College, and a past Furniture Division board member of Catawba Community College. She resides in Buckhannon, West Virginia.


BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, is a trailblazer in the development, management, marketing and owner-advisory services of resorts, hotels, conference centers and exclusive private clubs. In addition to the company’s established, iconic Benchmark Resorts & Hotels portfolio, the newly-branded Gemstone Collection is a distinctive luxury portfolio of independent hotels & resorts in highly select and preferred destinations.
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