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Andrew Dale Named Director of Catering for
The Heldrich, New Brunswick, New Jersey

The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, July 25, 2008 ... Benchmark Hospitality International has named Andrew Dale director of catering for The Heldrich, the award-winning hotel and conference center located in revitalized New Brunswick, New Jersey.  Michael J. Taylor, Benchmark’s general manager at the property, made the announcement.

“We welcome Andrew to The Heldrich,” said Mr. Taylor.  “He brings important experience from top properties in New Jersey and New York City to his new role.”

Andrew Dale was previously director of private events at Avenue, the Four Star restaurant and night club located in Long Branch, New Jersey.  Prior to this appointment, he served as director of catering at Franks Waterside along the Hudson River in North Bergen, New Jersey.

Mr. Dale has worked for a number of first rate New York City-based properties, including the Mandarin Oriental, where he served as senior catering sales manager; the Millennium Broadway, where he was catering sales manager; The Sky Club, serving as director of banquet operations; and the renowned ‘21’ Club, where he held the positions of catering sales manager and banquet manager.

Dale was also previously employed as banquet manager and catering manager for Hotel InterContinental New York, and served as assistant banquet manager for the Grand Hyatt New York.

Andrew Dale earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University of Teaneck, New Jersey.  He was awarded the Assistant Manager of the Quarter designation while at the Grand Hyatt and joined the Presidents Club while with the Millennium Broadway.  A marathon runner, Mr. Dale resides in Metuchen, New Jersey.

The Heldrich is located in the cultural heart of New Jersey in New Brunswick.  The property is situated at 10 Livingston Avenue, just west of the important US Route 1 and four blocks from the News Brunswick Train Station (serving the Northeast Corridor:  Boston-New York-Philadelphia-Washington, DC) and close to Exit 9 of the NJ Turnpike.  It is 45 minutes outside New York City and has rail service to Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR).   The Heldrich features a 248-guestroom luxury hotel, Christopher’s Restaurant, serving freshly prepared specialties created in an exhibition kitchen to delight even the discriminating palate, Christopher’s Bar, and an elegant ballroom, ideal for social and corporate gatherings.  For more information on The Heldrich, call 732-729-4670 or visit www.theheldrich.com.   Benchmark Hospitality International operates The Heldrich.

Benchmark Hospitality International is a leader in the management and marketing of resorts, conference centers, hotels, and Personal Luxury Hotels™.  The privately held company, launched in 1980, is a founding member of the International Association of Conference Centers.  Benchmark is a worldwide organization operating over 30 properties representing major metropolitan and resort destinations.  Benchmark's international headquarters is located in The Woodlands, Texas, near Houston, with regional offices in New Jersey, Connecticut, and Illinois.  International offices are located in Tokyo and Santiago, Chile. For property locations and additional information, please visit www.benchmarkhospitality.com.  

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Contact:

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

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Also See: Benchmark Appoints Richard Varga Executive Chef for The Heldrich / February 2007
Barbara Minch Appointed Director of Human Resources for The Heldrich, New Brunswick, New Jersey / January 2007
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