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 Benchmark Hospitality International Appoints John Hines Director of Sales
for The Heldrich, New Brunswick, New Jersey
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The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, April 6, 2006 - Benchmark Hospitality International has announced the appointment of John Hines as director of sales for The Heldrich, a new $110 million mixed use property being constructed in downtown New Brunswick, New Jersey.  Michael Taylor, newly appointed general manager for the hotel, made the announcement. 

Benchmark will manage the property, which will upon opening include a 248-guestroom hotel, restaurant & bar, a state-of-the-art conference center, ballroom and a spa.  The Heldrich is scheduled to open in March of 2007.

"I am pleased to announce the addition of John Hines to our pre-opening sales team," said Mr. Taylor.  "He is a seasoned Benchmark sales executive with many years of experience in the New Jersey-New York market and brings many strong customer relationships to The Heldrich.  He's a great complement to our management team."

Mr. Hines was previously senior sales manager for Benchmark's North Maple Inn, located in Basking Ridge, New Jersey.  In this position he was highly successful in developing extensive new business for the property with a particular emphasis on the New York market.  He joined North Maple Inn as conference sales manager in 2002. 

Earlier in his career, Hines was regional sales manager for Chauncey Conference Center of Princeton, New Jersey, and corporate sales and catering manager for Grand Summit Hotel of Summit, New Jersey. 

In 2005, Benchmark Hospitality International honored John Hines with the "Sales Executive of the Year" award.  He was voted Leader of the Quarter for North Maple Inn in 2004.  

Mr. Hines earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Providence College, located in Providence, Rhode Island.  He resides with his family in Maplewood, New Jersey.

About The Heldrich

The Heldrich is located in the heart of New Jersey in New Brunswick.  The property is situated at 10 Livingston Avenue, just west of the important US Route 1 business corridor stretching from Princeton to New Brunswick and near the Northeast Corridor train service (Boston-New York-Washington, DC) and Exit 9 of the NJ Turnpike.  It is 30 minutes outside New York City and has rail service to Newark Liberty International Airport.

The $110 million, mixed-use facility includes a hotel and conference center to be anchored by the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, at Rutgers University's Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.  The Heldrich represents a unique partnership among the New Brunswick Development Corporation (Devco), Keating Partners, Rutgers, New Jersey Department of Labor, New Jersey Redevelopment Authority, New Jersey Economic Development Authority, New Jersey Casino Redevelopment Authority, the Middlesex County Improvement Authority and the City of New Brunswick.  It is a major anchor to New Brunswick's downtown revitalization program.

Upon completion, The Heldrich will feature 248 deluxe guestrooms, including 14 suites, a restaurant, bar, 25,000 square feet of special event and meeting facilities, including a ballroom, an amphitheater, boardroom, and 20 conference rooms accommodating from 10 - 600 guests.  The mixed-use property will also feature 48 luxury condominiums, along with academic and retail space. 

The Heldrich's Pre-opening Offices are situated on the 4th Floor of the Crossroads Theater at 7 Livingston Avenue in New Brunswick, directly across the street from the new hotel.  For more information on The Heldrich, call 732-729-4670 or visit www.theheldrich.com.  

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: Benchmark Hospitality Appoints Michael J. Taylor General Manager for The Heldrich, a New $110 million Mixed Use Property in New Brunswick, New Jersey / March 2006
Benchmark To Manage Hotel & Conference Center within Heldrich Plaza, New Brunswick, New Jersey; 250 rooms, 50,000 square feet Conference Center / September 2003

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