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The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, February 2019 … BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, has appointed Andrew Spinelli director of food and beverage for Turtle Bay Resort, a Benchmark Resorts & Hotels property located on Oahu’s North Shore.  Jerry Gibson, Benchmark’s vice president and managing director for the resort, made the announcement.

“It is a pleasure to welcome Andrew to Benchmark and to Turtle Bay Resort,” said Mr. Gibson.  “He brings senior management-level experience, as well as hands-on cooking talent gained from age 15 on, to our resort. We look forward to his leadership and success as a vital part of our executive team.”

Andrew Spinelli was previously general manager for BLT Steak Waikiki. He also served as a trainer at the corporate level for the BLT Restaurants organization, supporting operations in Seoul, Tokyo, Las Vegas and locations in Hawaii. Prior to this Mr. Spinelli worked with BeOurGuest Restaurants, including the company’s Ocean Grill, Ruby Foos, Blue Water Grill and Dos Caminos locations.

Mr. Spinelli is a graduate of Fordham University in New York City where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business. He is also a graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, New York, where he earned his Associate’s degree in the Culinary Arts. He subsequently engaged in a fellowship as Maître d′ instructor’s assistant at CIA’s Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici. He resides in Kahuku, Hawaii

About Turtle Bay Resort

Located on Oahu’s breathtaking North Shore known for legendary surf, the 850-acre Turtle Bay Resort offers 30 percent more space for adventure than all of Waikiki. Following the recent completion of a $52 million multi-phased renovation, the resort now showcases 410 refreshed, all ocean-view guest rooms and suites plus 42 newly-designed oceanfront beach cottages, as well as an upgraded lobby and cultural gallery, seven restaurants and bars, an 11,000-square-foot spa and expanded fitness center with new wellness programming, an elevated beach experience and two swimming pools. This expansive beach resort features dynamic ocean and land adventures through its on-property helicopter pad, horse stables, tennis courts, two golf courses, 12 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, daily fitness and wellness classes, off-road Segway tours, surf school, water adventures including eco-kayaking, and much more . For more information, please visit www.turtlebayresort.com.

About Benchmark Resorts & Hotels®

Benchmark Resorts & Hotels® features the finest in lodging, dining, recreational and meeting accommodations.  Featuring unique and distinctive properties renown for exceptional service and for creating unforgettable memory-making experiences, it is the signature portfolio of BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, which has been a leading US-based hospitality management company for nearly 40 years.  Many Benchmark Resort & Hotels' properties are certified by IACC, the association that represents the finest meeting venues and services globally, and many have also been recognized with the coveted Benchmark Conference Centers® certification of meeting excellence.  www.benchmarkresortsandhotels.com.  To become a fan on Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/BenchmarkResortsandHotels  Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BenchmarkHotels, on Instagram at www.instagram.com/benchmarkresortsandhotels, and on Pinterest at  www.pinterest.com/benchmarkhotels.

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