Alex Cabanas is responsible for the all business development and finance functions, ensuring that Benchmark's commitments to owners of its managed properties remain in full focus, from contract negotiations through the life of the project with the company. He leads the company's global growth initiatives, including the continued expansion of its portfolio of award-winning hotels, resorts, Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels, and conference centers. As it relates to strategic planning and organizational development efforts critical to successful growth, Alex works with Benchmark's entire executive team to move the organization forward. Additionally, he oversees the development of Benchmark's capital investment opportunities, relationships important to the company's expansion plans and Benchmark’s operations in Japan. Alex was previously chief development officer for Benchmark. During his tenure in this role, the company added 13 properties to its management portfolio and expanded into South America. The company also acquired MTM Luxury Lodging, which led to the launch of the hospitality industry's newest luxury brand, Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels. Alex Cabañas joined Benchmark Hospitality International in January 2006. Prior to joining Benchmark, he worked for The Boston Consulting Group from 2000 through 2005. While with BGC he worked with clients in a number of different industries including: travel and tourism, government, consumer/retail, telecommunications, e-commerce, financial services, and energy. His assignments included a variety of different tasks including: lodging investment proposal, market sizing and segmentation, competitive benchmarking, product development, process management, asset valuation, new business development and growth strategy. Alex earned his MBA at Harvard Business School and holds a BBA and MS in Finance from Texas A&M University.