A Florida convention organizer was found killed in his room at an upscale hotel in suburban New York where he had organized a meeting, police said Monday.
The beaten body of Ben Novack Jr., 53, was found Sunday at the Hilton Rye Town, said Rye Brook Chief of Police Gregory Austin. Novack's wife returned from breakfast to find him on the floor next to the bed, still in his pajamas, Austin said.
Novack was the son of Ben Novak Sr., who owned and operated the original version of the Fontainebleu Hotel on Miami Beach in 1954. Novack Sr. died in 1985.
"This is shocking, that someone's life could end the way this has happened," Nikki Grossman told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Grossman is president of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau and worked with Novack on several conventions.
The attack did not appear random, authorities said
Police are asking for help from anyone with information about the killing. Novack was from Fort Lauderdale and was president and CEO of Convention Concepts Unlimited. He had organized a weekend convention in Rye Brook for about 1,200 Spanish-speaking businesspeople nationwide.
Novack always attended conventions he organized, said company assistant Danica Parrott.