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The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, August 2015 … Benchmark Hospitality International®, a leading U.S.-based hospitality management company, has named Jeff Axline food & beverage director and executive chef for Hotel Contessa.  Troy Mathews, general manager, made the announcement.  Hotel Contessa is a Benchmark Resort located alongside the storied Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas.

“It is with pleasure that I welcome Jeff to his new positions with Hotel Contessa and Benchmark Hospitality,” said Mr. Mathews.  “He brings tremendous culinary skills to his new role, as well as an entrepreneurial eye for spotting and maximizing dining trends.”

An award-winning chef who has been featured in numerous Texas-based publications, Jeff Axline was previously executive chef for Hotel Zaza, located in the Houston Museum District of Houston, Texas.  He held the dual roles of founder and executive chef for the Brooklyn Athletic Club, a casual start-up restaurant located in the trendy section of Houston.  As well, Mr. Axline has served as executive chef for Lakeway Resort and Spa, located in Austin, Texas.

Jeff Axline is a graduate of the Art Institute of Seattle, School of Culinary Arts.  He resides in San Antonio, Texas.

About Hotel Contessa

Nestled in the heart of downtown San Antonio on the banks of the famed Riverwalk, the AAA Four Diamond Hotel Contessa reflects the rich heritage of 20th century Spain, embracing its unique architecture, hospitality and cuisine.  The 12-story hotel features 265 luxurious suites, 10,000 square feet of meeting and event space, a Woodhouse Day Spa, fitness center and a heated, outdoor rooftop swimming pool.  Its signature, award-winning restaurant, Las Ramblas, features authentic Spanish Mediterranean cuisine, while the hip Cork Bar offers an array of signature, hand-crafted cocktails and scenic outdoor patio overlooking the Riverwalk.  Hotel Contessa was also ranked by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the 'Top 100 Hotels in the World' on the publication's coveted Gold List.  Hotel Contessa is managed by Benchmark Resorts & Hotels® and is located at 306 W. Market Street.  For reservations and information visit www.thehotelcontessa.com or call 866-435-0900.  To become a fan on Facebook visit www.Facebook.com/hotelcontessa or follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/hotelcontessa

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 Centres, 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

KenEllens@aol.com / 201-758-2864

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