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Benchmark Appoints Robert Zappatelli
Vice President of Food & Beverage
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The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, February 2006 - Benchmark Hospitality International has announced the appointment of Robert Zappatelli as vice president of food & beverage for the leading hospitality management company.  He is the first executive to hold this newly created position at Benchmark, and the appointment represents a promotion for him.  Sam Haigh, president and chief operations officer, made the announcement

"It is with great enthusiasm that we announce the promotion of Bob Zappetelli to vice president," stated Mr. Haigh.  "Bob is a tremendous asset to our company, to our development and growth, and we are thrilled to recognize him with this appointment as vice president of food & beverage, a new position at Benchmark."

Mr. Zappatelli previously held the dual roles of general manager for The Founders Inn, a 240-guestroom property located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and of corporate food & beverage director for Benchmark Hospitality, overseeing 30 properties for the company.  Under Zappatelli's tenure as general manager, The Founders Inn enjoyed one of its strongest periods of financial performance.  Zappatelli also led an expansion program for hotel.

Before becoming general manager, Bob Zappatelli served as director of operations for The Founders Inn, responsible for property-wide operations. He originally joined the Inn as executive chef.

Previous positions held within the Benchmark organization include serving as executive chef and director of food & beverage for The Council House, an exclusive international conference center for SC Johnson, a Family Company, and Wingspread, a private conference center for the Johnson Foundation. Both properties are located in Racine, Wisconsin. 

Mr. Zappatelli has also exercised his entrepreneurial skills by owning and operating Zappas, a restaurant located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  He is the recipient of numerous culinary gold medals and has been named "Chef of the Year" by the American Culinary Institute.   He and his wife are relocating to The Woodlands.

Benchmark Hospitality International, an independent hospitality management company based in The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, operates resorts, conference centers and hotels both domestically and internationally.  For locations of Benchmark Hospitality properties and for additional information, visit Benchmark's Website at www.benchmarkhospitality.com.

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Contact:

Benchmark Hospitality International
The Woodlands (Houston), Texas
www.benchmarkhospitality.com     

Ken Ellens
Ken Ellens Communications 
201-758-2864 / 201-758-2865-Fax
KenEllens@aol.com

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Also See: Bob Zappatelli Appointed General Manager of The Founders Inn / January 2005
Bob Zappatelli Named Corporate Director of Food and Beverage for Benchmark Hospitality / March 2003

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