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The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, September 6, 2013 - Benchmark Hospitality International®, a leading U.S.-based hospitality management company, has named Ender Oktayuren executive chef for World of Whirlpool, located in the historic Reid Murdoch Building in the River North area of Chicago.  Ken Jesina, conference center manager for World of Whirlpool, Whirlpool Corporation's flagship brand and product experience center for influencers in the appliance industry, made the announcement.  

"It is a pleasure to welcome Ender to the leadership team here at the World of Whirlpool," said Mr. Jesina.  "He has been with us for a year and a half as sous chef and we are delighted with his internal promotion to leader of the food and beverage brigade."  Jesina continued with, "This is an outstanding example of why we say Benchmark Builds Futures."

Chef Ender Oktayuren brought 13 years of exemplary culinary experience to Benchmark Hospitality International when he joined the team at World of Whirlpool in the fall of 2011.  He served as sous chef prior to his recent promotion, and gained a stellar reputation for a cooking style of refined farm-to-table freshness and flavor, seasonal offerings, with a distinctive French culinary influence.  Prior to joining Benchmark Hospitality at World of Whirlpool, Chef Oktayuren served as head line cook for Sixteen Restaurant at Trump International Hotel & Towers in Chicago.

Mr. Oktayuren has an Associates Degree in Applied Science in Culinary Arts with High Honors from Joliet Junior College.  He and his family reside in Homewood, Illinois.

About Whirlpool Brand

Whirlpool Corporation is the world's leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances, with annual sales of approximately $18 billion in 2012, 68,000 employees and 65 manufacturing and technology research centers around the world. Whirlpool Brand is committed to advancing technology in ways consumers want and need it, creating simple solutions that optimize productivity and efficiency in the home. In addition to designing appliance solutions based on consumer insight, Whirlpool is one of Habitat for Humanity's largest corporate partners, donating a refrigerator and range to every new Habitat for Humanity home built in North America. For more information on Whirlpool Brand, please visit or find us on Facebook at Additional information about the company can be found at

About World of Whirlpool

The World of Whirlpool is Whirlpool Corporation's product experience showplace for designers, trade customers, sales associates, industry influencers and media.  Located in Chicago, Ill., the center facilitates interaction with products from Whirlpool Corporation's brands including Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air and Gladiator GarageWorks.

About Benchmark Hospitality International®

Benchmark Hospitality International® is a recognized global leader in the management and marketing of resorts, hotels and conference centers.  The company's two distinctive portfolios of properties, Benchmark Resorts & Hotels® and Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels®, represent the finest in guest-dedicated hospitality in unique destinations across the United States, in the Caribbean and Japan.  As a founding member of the International Association of Conference Centers, Benchmark Conference Centers® maintain the highest standards for certification in meeting excellence.  Benchmark Hospitality was launched in 1980 as an independent company and today operates worldwide from offices in The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, and regional offices in New Jersey, Washington State, Japan and Chile.  For additional company information visit  To become a fan on Facebook, visit, or follow us on Twitter at

Contact: Ken Ellens, KEN ELLENS COMMUNICATIONS / 201-758-2864

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