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Rikki Boparai Named Director of Operations
of Cheyenne Mountain Resort


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, Aug. 27, 2004  - Rikki Boparai has been named director of operations for Cheyenne Mountain Resort, announced Laura Neumann, vice president and general manager.
Boparai, who has 10 years of  hospitality management experience with major resorts, joined Cheyenne Mountain Resort two years ago as director of rooms.  Under his leadership, significant strides were made in growing leisure business:  FIT rooms increased from 13,000 in 2002 to more than 24,000 expected this year.  He also oversaw significant capital improvements to the property, which were executed in a creative, timely and cost-efficient manner, and served as interim general manager for three months earlier this year.  With his promotion to 
Rikki Boparai
director of operations, Boparai's responsibilities include overseeing the front office, housekeeping, engineering, grounds, security, the Night Manager program and the capital budget, while also pursuing an AAA Four-Diamond rating for the resort in 2005.

Prior to Cheyenne Mountain Resort, he held senior positions at a variety of high-profile luxury properties including serving as:  director of operations, La Playa Beach and Golf Resorty, Naples, Florida;  director of rooms, Hotel Viking, Newport, Rhode Island;  hotel manager, Grove Isle Club and Resort, Miami, Florida;  front office manager, Hotel Allegro, Chicago;  and assistant general manager, Hotel Triton, San Francisco.

Set on 217 lush acres in Colorado Springs, Cheyenne Mountain Resort is a full-service property with extensive meeting facilities including a Corporate Learning Center, the gamut in recreational facilities, a variety of dining and entertainment outlets, and decor that captures the rugged charm of the Rockies.  The recently renovated resort features beautifully appointed guestrooms and suites, each with a private balcony and mountain and golf course views; two restaurants, a lounge and a pub; 40,000 square feet of meeting and event space; a championship Pete Dye-designed golf course; 18 tennis courts as well as squash and racquetball courts; health and fitness center; aquatics center;  and a 35-acre recreation lake for water sports and fishing.  Cheyenne Mountain Resort is managed by Benchmark Hospitality International.

Benchmark Hospitality International, an independent hospitality management company based in The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, operates resorts, conference centers and hotels both domestically and internationally.  For locations of Benchmark Hospitality properties and for additional information, visit Benchmark's Website at


Ed Placidi

Also See: Neumann to Manage Benchmark's Cheyenne Mountain Resort / March 2004
Benchmark Hospitality Purchases International Conference Resorts / May 2001

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