A recognized hotel industry veteran, Tom Faust, now the Vice President of Sales & Marketing for the new Margaritaville Lake Resort, Lake Conroe | Houston, joined BENCHMARK, a Global Hospitality Company, as Vice President of Sales on February 29, 2016. Previously Tom was with Omni Hotels & Resorts for nine years as Vice President, Sales. In his leadership role, Faust was responsible for creating and directing revenue generating strategies across for the entire luxury hotel brand. Prior to joining Omni, Faust spent eight years at the Anatole in Dallas under both the Wyndham and Hilton flags. Prior to that he also spent 18 years with Sheraton and Starwood Hotels, in a variety of operations, marketing and sales roles at both the corporate and field level.
Faust also has served on the MPI Foundation Board, Executive Board of Governors of the University of North Texas Hospitality School, and The Board of Directors of the ATT Cotton Bowl.
Jessica joined the Benchmark family as a Senior Sales Manager in Summer 2019 after 6 years with La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa. Throughout her 10 years in the hospitality industry, Jessica has proudly worked in various sales and catering roles and most recently held the position of Senior Catering Sales Manager.
A true “local”, Jessica was born and raised in Montgomery County, Texas. She currently resides with her family in Conroe, Texas and enjoys crafting, baking and spending any spare time outdoors.
Dustin joins the Benchmark family most recently from The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa. Through his 19 years in the hospitality industry, he spent his first 15 on the operations side, working various roles in Banquets, Audio Visual, Hotel F&B Outlets, Free-Standing Restaurants and PGA Golf properties. The last 4 years have been on the Sales side, where he is able to use his diverse background to ensure that his client’s needs and expectations are always met.
Dustin is married to his high school sweetheart and they have two young children. He and his wife love the live music scene, cooking, traveling and making fun experiences for their children.
Blair is a Los Angeles, CA native who previously worked at well-known hotels such as the Beverly Hilton and the Arizona Biltmore. After attending the University of Arizona, she got her start in the hotel industry as a poolside cabana server in sunny Phoenix, and spent several years in Food & Beverage. Blair developed a passion for a career in the hospitality industry during her 20's, when she spent many years traveling and exploring new places around the world.
Blair loves spending time with friends and family, animals (particularly her 65-pound lap dog, Rosco) and traveling. While she misses the Pacific Coast beaches, she is excited to put down roots in the Lone Star State. She is very proud to have become a Sales Manager at Margaritaville Lake Resort, Lake Conroe | Houston.
Kenna is a proud graduate from Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel & Restaurant Management at University of Houston, and has over 20 years of dedicated service in the hospitality industry. Most of those years were proudly spent at this very property, before it became a Margaritaville Lake Resort.
Kenna is blessed to be a mom of an incredible teenage daughter, who currently attends Montgomery High School. Kenna is passionate about living life to the fullest, while laughing and creating fun memories along the way. This is what makes her an extra special event planner.
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