Industry Update
Appointment 8 August 2019

Christina Mackey

Named Director of Human Resources
At Grand Plaza Hotel and The Beachcomber, St. Pete Beach, Florida - FL, USA

Christina MackeyBENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, has appointed Christina Mackey director of human resources for the Grand Plaza Hotel and The Beachcomber, both Benchmark Resorts & Hotels properties located in St. Pete Beach, Florida. Jan McCormick, managing director for both properties, made the announcement. Christina Mackey previously held the position of executive human resources director for Remington Hotels of Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida. Earlier she served as director of human resources for the Wyndham Hotel Group in the greater Pittsburgh area. Ms. Mackey resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.


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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