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The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, October 8, 2013 - Benchmark Hospitality International, a leading U.S.-based hospitality management company, has named Timothy A. Ralphs executive chef for Cheyenne Mountain Resort.  Todd Felsen, general manager for the property, a Benchmark Resort® located at the foot of Cheyenne Mountain, made the announcement.

"It is a thrill to welcome Timothy to Benchmark Hospitality at Cheyenne Mountain Resort," said Mr. Felsen.  "He comes with important culinary experience gained in the U.S., Europe and Asia, and with an impressive set of credentials.  We look forward to his leadership in our food and beverage department."

Timothy Ralphs was previously executive chef for the Azul Hospitality Group where he was part of the opening team for the Aloft Hotel in Cupertino, California.  Mr. Ralphs has served in the executive chef position for several luxury hotels and resorts throughout California.  He gained international experience at the landmark Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong and at Apicus, a 2 Star Michelin restaurant in Paris.

Chef Ralphs received his training at the prestigious L'Ecole Le Cordon Bleu, and at Scottsdale Culinary Institute where he received his Bachelor's degree in the Culinary Arts, Sciences and Restaurant Management.  He is an advanced sommelier through the International Court of Master Sommeliers and will soon receive his Cicerone Certification.  Mr. Ralphs is active in the American Liver Association, Chefs for Humanity, SLO Food Movement and American Culinary Federation.  He is relocating to Colorado Springs.

About Cheyenne Mountain Resort

Nestled in the shadows of Colorado's Rocky Mountains lies Cheyenne Mountain Resort, Colorado Springs' premier four season resort. The property's 316 finely appointed guest rooms and suites featuring Rocky Mountain-inspired décor are arranged in eight residential lodges across Cheyenne Mountain Resort. A vast array of amenities include the newly-renovated 18-hole championship Pete Dye-designed golf course; five swimming pools; tennis and racquetball courts; a health and fitness center; aquatics center and a 35-acre recreation lake. Known for its breathtaking mountain views, exceptional accommodations, fine dining, myriad of activities and comprehensive conference facilities, the AAA Four Diamond Cheyenne Mountain Resort offers the ultimate in Colorado vacationing. For more information, call (800) 428-8886 or visit www.cheyennemountain.com.

About Benchmark Resorts & Hotels®

Benchmark Resorts & Hotels® represents the finest in lodging, dining, recreational and meeting accommodations. Many are certified by the International Association of Conference Centers, the leading professional organization governing the multi-billion dollar conference center industry on five continents, and many have also been recognized with the coveted Benchmark Conference Centers® certification of meeting excellence.  Benchmark Resorts & Hotels deliver highly specialized service that anticipates guests' needs and ensures a hospitality experience unsurpassed and long remembered. www.benchmarkresortsandhotels.com.  To become a fan on Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/BenchmarkResortsandHotels, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BenchmarkHotels.

Contact: Ken Ellens - KEN ELLENS COMMUNICATIONS

KenEllens@aol.com / 201-758-2864

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