Benchmark names new finance director for Boston's Ames and Copley Square hotels

The Ames Boston Hotel

Benchmark, a global hospitality company, named Brian C. P. Connors area director of finance for the Ames Boston Hotel and the Copley Square Hotel. Both properties, located in Boston, are part of Benchmark’s Gemstone Collection. Kirk Jones, chief financial officer at Benchmark, made the announcement.

“I am very pleased to welcome Brian to both the Copley Square Hotel and Ames Boston Hotel,” Jones said in a statement. “He has had a distinguished career in finance and accounting, both at the corporate and property level, and brings this expertise to both of our properties and to Benchmark.”

Brian Connors previously was centralized controller for Crestline Hotels and Resorts. He gained on-property experience working as controller for the Hilton Stamford (Conn.) Hotel & Executive Meeting Center, the Sheraton Framingham (Mass.) Hotel & Conference Center and the Holiday Inn Brookline (Mass.), among other hotels on the East Coast.

Virtual Event

HOTEL OPTIMIZATION PART 2 | Now Available On-Demand

Survival in these times is highly dependent on a hotel's ability to quickly adapt and pivot their business to meet the current needs of travelers and the surrounding community. Join us for Optimization Part 2 – a FREE virtual event – as we bring together top players in the industry to discuss alternative uses when occupancy is down, ways to boost F&B revenue, how to help your staff adjust to new challenges and more, in a series of panels focused on how you can regain profitability during this crisis.

Connors is a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston where he earned his degree in accounting, and is a Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive by the International Association of Hospitality Accountants. Connors is conversant in multiple languages in addition to his native English, including Spanish, Italian and French. He resides in Boston.

The historic Ames Boston Hotel, a member of the Curio Collection by Hilton and of the Gemstone Collection by Benchmark, a global hospitality company, inspires both modern style and old world sophistication. Located near Faneuil Hall and Beacon Hill, the 114-room hotel includes a fitness center and suites accented by Romanesque arched windows and original fireplaces.

Copley Square Hotel, a Gemstone Collection property by Benchmark, is located in Boston’s Back Bay and offers 143 guestrooms and suites, complete with complimentary amenities & experiences including a “Wine Down” Cocktail Hour to kick off each evening, Morning Power Hour with bottled water, granola bars, jogging maps and crisp towels, fitness center, wi-fi and tea and coffee service each morning. The property is surrounded by high-end shops and restaurants set in a neighborhood near Fenway Park, Newbury Street and Boston Commons.

Suggested Articles

The partnership aims to help restaurants streamline online orders from apps like GrubHub, UberEats, DoorDash, Chownow, Caviar, Postmates and others.

Two conferences traditionally held in the first half of each year are rescheduling for the second half.

In October, visitor arrivals were down 90.4 percent compared to 2019 and hotel occupancy was below 20 percent.