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The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, November 2017… BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, has named Rebecca Lamson director of human resources for The Essex – a Culinary Resort & Spa, a Gemstone Collection property located minutes from downtown Burlington in the foothills of the legendary Green Mountains.  Nic Barger, general manager, made the announcement.

"I am very happy to welcome Rebecca to our resort,” said Mr. Barger.  “She comes to us with significant experience within the human resources profession, gained while employed in a variety of industries.  We look forward to her leadership and her active participation within our executive team.”

Rebecca Lamson brings over a decade of professional experience in human resources to her new position.  Previously she was human resources director for the storied Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont.  Over the years, Ms. Lamson has gained important human resources experience in diverse industries as manufacturing, mental health services and hospitality.  She began her career at Topnotch Resort & Spa, a sister property to The Essex and which is also managed by Benchmark.

Ms. Lamson is a graduate of Lyndon State College where she received her Bachelors degree in Human Services.  She earned her Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix.  Lamson holds SHRM-CP certification.  She resides in Huntington, Vermont. 

About The Essex, Vermont’s Culinary Resort & Spa

Set on 18 acres in the scenic Lake Champlain Valley in the foothills of the Green Mountains, The Essex – a Culinary Resort & Spa is easily reached via Interstate 89. The resort is just minutes from Burlington International Airport, and the town of Essex is served by Amtrak’s Vermonter train. The Essex is surrounded by all the attractions of Vermont from skiing, boating and hiking to shopping and antiquing. Guests can enjoy the resort’s full-service spa, fitness center, 18-hole golf course, clay tennis courts, Cook Academy, two restaurants, hiking and biking trails and special services for pets. The Essex also arranges guided family activities, Vermont tours, hot air ballooning and unforgettable team building activities in the Cook Academy.

About Gemstone Collection

The Gemstone Collection includes distinctive hand-picked properties in spectacular and popular U.S. destinations coast to coast. Each upscale resort and hotel destination provides highly-personalized service and luxury reflective of the charm and unique character of the destination, while in keeping with the collection’s shared mission and passion for excellence.  A distinguished portfolio of BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, which has been a leading US-based hospitality management company for nearly 40 years, the Gemstone Collection is the preferred choice of guests who yearn for inspiring and transformative experiences, customization over conformity, stimulation over predictability, and adventure over routine. To become a fan on Facebook, visit, or follow us on Twitter at, on Instagram at, and on Pinterest at

Contact: Ken Ellens / 201-758-2864

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