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Benchmark Hospitality International Appoints Andrew Powers as Executive Chef
for the 55-room Sorrell River Ranch Resort & Spa in Moab, Utah


The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, October 2011
Benchmark Hospitality International has appointed Andrew Powers executive chef for Sorrel River Ranch Resort & Spa, located in Moab, Utah.  Linda Cerra, Benchmark’s interim general manager for the exclusive property, one of Benchmark’s Personal Luxury Resorts & HotelsSM, made the announcement.

“I am so pleased to formally welcome Andrew to Sorrel River Ranch and to Benchmark Hospitality International,” said Ms. Cerra.  “A talented chef and Le Cordon Bleu graduate, he adds tremendous creative and operational talent to our food & beverage operation.”

Andrew Powers was previously executive sous chef for Spruce, the restaurant at the Waldorf Astoria in Park City, Utah.  He has held numerous chef positions during his productive career.  These include serving as executive chef, chef de cuisine, and banquet chef for restaurants, country clubs and resorts in markets as diverse as Dallas, Austin, and St. John, US Virgin Islands.

Mr. Powers is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Culinary College, located in Austin, Texas.  He has relocated to the Moab area with his family.

About the Sorrel River Ranch Resort & Spa
Located on the banks of the famed Colorado River on 160 acres amidst Moab’s majestic red rocks, the Four Diamond Sorrel River Ranch Resort & Spa is managed by Benchmark Hospitality International and is an exclusive member of Benchmark’s new Personal Luxury Resorts & HotelsSM.  Sorrel River Ranch Resort & Spa features 55 spacious guestrooms and suites and elegantly appointed ranch décor throughout the property, reflecting the pristine, natural beauty of southern Utah.  The upscale ranch features a full-service spa, The River Grill with spectacular views overlooking the Colorado River, an equestrian center, 7,500 square feet of indoor meeting and event space and a sparkling pool.  Sorrel River Ranch offers an extensive selection of recreational activities and outdoor adventures for guests, including horseback riding, guided hikes, river rafting, jeep and ATV tours, sky diving, rappelling and more.  For further information or to book reservations, visit:  www.sorrelriver.com or call 1-877-359-2715.

About Benchmark Hospitality International
Benchmark Hospitality International is a leader in the management and marketing of resorts, conference centers, hotels, and Personal Luxury Resorts & HotelsSM.  The independent company, launched in 1980, is a worldwide organization operating properties in major metropolitan and resort destinations.  Benchmark's international headquarters is located in The Woodlands, Texas, near Houston. Benchmark Hospitality is also a founding member of the International Association of Conference Centers.  The company's eastern regional office is in New Jersey, western regional office is in Washington, with international offices in Tokyo, Japan, and Santiago, Chile. For the location of Benchmark's properties and additional information, visit www.benchmarkhospitality.com.
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Contact: 

Ken Ellens
KEN ELLENS COMMUNICATIONS
201-758-2864
KenEllens@aol.com



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