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Benchmark Hospitality International Appoints Scott D. Sopher
Executive Chef at Naples Bay Resort in Naples, Florida

The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, March 2010 … Benchmark Hospitality International has announced the appointment of Scott D. Sopher as executive chef for Naples Bay Resort, the luxurious property surrounding a marina in Naples, Florida.  Rikki Bopara, general manager for the resort, made the announcement.

“It is a pleasure to formally welcome Scott to Naples Bay Resort,” said Mr. Boparai. “In addition to his impressive culinary expertise, he brings significant understanding of the local and regional markets to our signature restaurant, Olio on Naples Bay, and to our resort’s food & beverage programming.”

Scott Sopher was previously executive chef and equity partner of Cin Cin Mediterranean Cuisine, a Fort Myers restaurant serving cuisine inspired by the diverse cultures and flavors of the Mediterranean.  He has also served as executive chef for Traders of Bonita Springs, Florida.

Earlier in his culinary career while based in Asheville, North Carolina, Chef Sopher refined his culinary skills while employed as sous chef for The Richmond Inn.  While in Asheville, he participated in prestigious culinary training programs at the landmark Biltmore Estate. 

Scott Sopher is a graduate of the acclaimed culinary school, Johnson & Wales University of Providence, Rhode Island.  He resides in Bonita Springs with his family.

About Naples Bay Resort 
The 20-acre Naples Bay Resort is ideally situated on the Gulf of Mexico in southwest Florida. Guests at the AAA Four Diamond-rated property can select from a choice of luxurious accommodations, including The Cottages, 108 two- and three-bedroom villas; and The Hotel, which features 65 designer-furnished, one- and two-bedroom suites and 20 guest rooms. Restaurants include Olio on Naples Bay, Bonefish Grill and Bluewater Bar & Grill. Recreation facilities include a spa and fitness center; full-service tennis center with six lighted, Har-Tru courts, pro shop and lessons; Pilates, aerobics and yoga classes; lagoon-style, lazy river, children and lap pools; and private cabanas. The resort’s 97-slip marina incorporates a Yacht Club, waterfront pool, ship’s store, fuel dock and rental boats, including 22-foot Kayot and 24-foot Everglades boats. 

Naples Bay Resort – a proud member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts – is located at 1500 Fifth Avenue South, Naples, Fla. 34102 and is operated by Benchmark Hospitality International.

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 independent 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.  The company’s northeast regional office is in New Jersey, with international offices 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 Appoints Peter M. Carl Executive Chef of Naples Bay Resort / June 2008

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