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.Benchmark Hospitality Appoints Shane Bruns Director of Food
and Beverage for Hotel Contessa in San Antonio, Texas

The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, May 2009 … Benchmark Hospitality International has announced the appointment of Shane Bruns as director of food and beverage for Hotel Contessa, the Personal Luxury Hotel™ on the Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas.  Eric Adame, Benchmark’s general manager for Hotel Contessa, made the announcement. 

“It is with great pleasure that I welcome Shane to our property,” said Mr. Adame.  “He brings an exceptional hospitality background to Hotel Contessa, both as a chef and as director of food and beverage.  We look forward to his leadership of our culinary team.”

Shane Bruns was most recently director of culinary operations for the Treana Restaurant Development Group of San Antonio.  In this role he was responsible for the opening Luca Ristorante & Enoteca, Tresca Ristorante, and overseeing the operations of Piatti Ristorante in the Quarry, all of San Antonio.  Previous to this appointment, Mr. Bruns was food & beverage director for Oro Restaurant & Bar at San Antonio’s Four Diamond Emily Morgan Hotel. 

Earlier in the decade, Shane Bruns held the dual titles of executive chef and director of food and beverage for The Silvertree Properties of Snowmass Village, Colorado, near Aspen.  While there, he assisted in a $1.2 million renovation of company’s main restaurant, The Brother’s Grille. During his tenure with Silvertree, Mr. Bruns also developed, designed, and opened Snowmass Village’s only night club, The Blue Door.  Additionally, he assisted with The Silvertree Properties’ purchase and development of the Snowmass Village Conference Center. 

Shane Bruns has served as executive chef and food and beverage director for Loews Giorgio Hotel, the Four Diamond property located in Denver.   He gained international experience as working with Australian Culinary Olympian Bill Conway in the opening of Salsa of Port Douglas, Australia.  Earlier in his career, Mr. Bruns worked in positions of increasing responsibility for restaurants in Aspen.  He is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco.  Mr. Bruns resides in San Antonio.

About Hotel Contessa

Celebrating the region’s unmatched storied heritage as a fusion of cultures, Hotel Contessa pays homage to the best of San Antonio, incorporating modern interpretations of its unique architecture, hospitality, cuisine and lifestyle.  The 240,000-square-foot, 12-story hotel features 10,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting and event facilities, a dedicated fitness center, full-service spa and rooftop swimming pool, as well as a gourmet restaurant and lounge that give leisure and business travelers a true taste of the new San Antonio.  Hotel Contessa embodies Benchmark Hospitality’s more than twenty-five years of innovation and excellence in the operation and development of premium hotels, resorts and conference centers.  The property is located at 306 W. Market.  For more information or to make your reservation, please call 210-229-9222 or log onto

About Benchmark Hospitality International

Benchmark Hospitality International is a leader in the management and marketing of resorts, conference centers, hotels, and Personal Luxury Hotels™.  The privately held company, launched in 1980, is a founding member of the International Association of Conference Centers.  Benchmark Hospitality is a worldwide organization operating properties in major metropolitan and resort destinations.  Benchmark's international headquarters is located in The Woodlands, Texas, near Houston, with regional offices in New Jersey and Connecticut.  International offices are located in Tokyo, Japan, and Santiago, Chile. For the location of Benchmark’s properties and additional information, visit  


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


Also See: Benchmark Hospitality International Appoints Eric Adame General Manager of Hotel Contessa / September 2006
Benchmark Appointed Operator of the 265 room Hotel Contessa, San Antonio; Appoints David G. Lagarce General Manager / November 2004



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