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Benchmark Hospitality Appoints Andrew Christie
Director of Operations for North Maple Inn
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The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, August 15, 2006 - Benchmark Hospitality International has announced the appointment of Andrew Christie as director of operations for North Maple Inn, a 171-guestroom property located in Basking Ridge, New Jersey.  Dan Santiago, general manager for the Four Diamond hotel, made the announcement.
 
"I am pleased to announce the addition of Andrew to the team at North Maple Inn" said Mr. Santiago.  "He brings vast food & beverage knowledge to his new role, in addition to his hotel operations experience, and we look forward to his leadership at North Maple Inn."
                     
Andrew Christie has been an active member of the Benchmark Hospitality organization for more than a dozen years.  He brings extensive multi-property operational and food & beverage expertise to his new position.  Additionally, he offers familiarity with North Maple Inn, having previously worked as assistant food & beverage director, executive sous chef and executive chef for the property some years ago.  In his new role, he will oversee the operational and service teams for the property's culinary and banquet departments, Cuisine Restaurant, Coasters Lounge, and in-room dining.
 
Most recently, Mr. Christie was director of operations for Virginia Crossings Resort, a Benchmark Hospitality property located near Richmond, Virginia.  While at the resort, he led a team of hospitality professionals in the successful achievement of the Four Diamond Award.
 
Prior to this, Mr. Christie was the successful food & beverage director for Turtle Bay Resort, a Benchmark property located on the North Shore of Oahu in Hawaii.  He also served as club manager of the Casperkill Country Club of Poughkeepsie, New York, which  Benchmark managed at the time. 
 
Andrew Christie has served as food & beverage staff support for the Benchmark organization, providing assistance to properties throughout the company's extensive portfolio, including Turtle Bay Resort, The Chattanoogan of Chattanooga, Tennessee, as well as other hotels and resorts in the US Mid-Atlantic Region.  He is an alumnus of Elizabethtown College, of Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, and an honors graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, located in Hyde Park, New York. 
 
North Maple Inn at Basking Ridge (www.northmapleinn.com), a Four Diamond property, offers 171 well-appointed guestrooms with 16 spacious suites; 20,000 square feet of dedicated meeting space with 25 conference rooms, including an 84-seat tiered amphitheater; and comprehensive meeting support services. The hotel also offers Coasters, a casual lounge; Cuisine, a restaurant serving eclectic American fare in an open-hearth kitchen; and an elegant ballroom. North Maple Inn provides complete fitness and recreation facilities for hotel and conference guests. The property is one of the finest hotels in New Jersey.  Benchmark Hospitality International operates North Maple Inn.
 
Benchmark Hospitality International, an independent hospitality management company based in The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, operates resorts, conference centers, hotels and condominium resorts 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 Appoints Dan Santiago General Manager at North Maple Inn, Basking Ridge, New Jersey / May 2006


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