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 Benchmark Appoints Greg Poplewko Project VP of
Food & Beverage at French Lick Resort Casino
The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, July 2006 - Benchmark Hospitality International has appointed Greg Poplewko project vice president of food and beverage for French Lick Resort Casino, located in French Lick, Indiana.  Bob Zappatelli, Benchmark's vice president food & beverage, made the announcement.
"Greg brings many years of casino food and beverage expertise to his new position at French Lick," said Mr. Zappatelli.  "We welcome him and his vast knowledge to this magnificent resort in the heart of the Midwest."
Prior to joining French Lick, Mr. Poplewko was employed by Harrah's Entertainment as division director of food and beverage for Bally's and Paris, Las Vegas, responsible for annual revenues in excess of $150 million.
For five years, Poplewko was part of Caesar's Entertainment, involved with the successful development of five restaurants from concept to completion, while overseeing 16 restaurants and food outlets, six lounges, and a large banquet operation capable of serving 10,000 guests.  Mr. Poplewko also worked previously with Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises of Chicago.  He is a graduate of The University of Arizona.  He and his family have relocated to Bloomington, Indiana.
French Lick Resort Casino is a $382 million historic restoration and casino development project that includes the French Lick Springs Hotel, the new French Lick Casino (both opening November 2006) and the West Baden Springs Hotel (opening spring 2007).  When complete, this premier resort and casino destination will feature 684 guest rooms and suites; an 84,000-square-foot casino with a 42,000-square-foot, single-level gaming floor; 45 holes of golf, including the fully restored 1920-designed Donald Ross Course at French Lick (opening August 2006) and the new, 18-hole Pete Dye Course at French Lick (opening spring 2008); two full-service spas with a combined 36 treatment rooms totaling 41,000 square feet; and an array of dining and entertainment options. For more information, please visit   Benchmark Hospitality International operates the French Lick Resort Casino.

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


Benchmark Hospitality International
The Woodlands (Houston), Texas

Ken Ellens
Ken Ellens Communications
201-758-2864 / 201-758-2865-Fax

Also See: Benchmark Appoints Robert Zappatelli Vice President of Food & Beverage / February 2006
Benchmark Appoints Jerry Gleason Managing Director for West Baden Springs Hotel / June 2006


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