Benchmark named Connie Hagston director of sales and marketing for Chaminade Resort & Spa, a Benchmark Resorts & Hotels property.

“I am very pleased to welcome Connie to our historic resort and to Benchmark,” said Kevin Herbst, general manager. “She comes to us equipped with a strong record of accomplishments, including awards of excellence showcasing her leadership skills and exemplary sales and marketing expertise. She also brings important knowledge of the northern California market to her new role with us.”

Hagston assumes her new position with more than 20 years of experience leading sales and marketing teams and turning around hotels. She was previously director of sales and marketing for The Silverado Resort and Spa of Napa, Calif., where she and her team received the 2014 Sales Team of the Year from the property’s management company.

Hagston served in the same role for The Lodge at Sonoma, a Marriott Renaissance Resort & Spa in Sonoma, Calif., where she was honored with the Key Contributor and Sales Leader of the Year awards. She began her career at The Broadmoor of Colorado Springs, Colo.

Hagston is a graduate of Blair Business College of Colorado Springs, Colo. She is a past member of the American Society of Association Executives, the Professional Convention Management Association, Meeting Professionals International, the Association of Meeting Professionals and the Greater Washington Society of Association Executives.

Nestled on 300 acres in the Santa Cruz Mountains and overlooking Monterey Bay, Chaminade Resort & Spa features 156 accommodations and is an IACC approved meeting destination and features 12,000 square feet of meeting and event space, two restaurants, sparkling pool, four tennis courts, executive fitness center, an array of recreational activities and scenic hiking trails surrounding the resort.