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BENCHMARK® Names Patrick Berwald Vice President of Food and Beverage

The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, March 2018 … BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, has named Patrick Berwald vice president of food and beverage.  Greg Champion, president and COO of Benchmark, made the announcement.

“It is such a pleasure to welcome Patrick to our company,” said Mr. Champion. “He brings immense culinary talents, superb food & beverage managerial skills, and stellar academic credentials to his new position with us. We look forward to his active contributions to and participation within our growing leadership team.”

Patrick Berwald comes to Benchmark with a distinguished two-decade career of food and beverage leadership. He was previously corporate director of food and beverage for New York-based Loews Hotels, where he was responsible for the overall food and beverage departmental strategy, financial performance, operating inefficiencies, capital projects and concept development throughout the luxury brand portfolio.

Mr. Berwald has collaborated with such brands as Thompson Hotels, Hilton and InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, including properties such as the iconic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and the storied Willard Hotel in Washington, DC. In Las Vegas he was part of the opening leadership team for the Paris Hotel & Casino and worked with MGM Resorts International as well as Caesar’s Entertainment.

Patrick Berwald received his formal culinary training at the world-renowned Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality Administration at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and attended Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, focusing on Hospitality Finance and Marketing.  Mr. Berwald is active within the American Hotel & Restaurant Association and the National Restaurant Association. He is relocating to The Woodlands with his wife, Stephanie, a professional chef, and their family.

About BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company.

BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, is a trailblazer in the development, management, marketing and owner-advisory services of resorts, hotels, conference centers and exclusive private clubs. In addition to the company’s iconic Benchmark Resorts & Hotels portfolio, the Gemstone Collection is a distinctive luxury portfolio of independent hotels & resorts in highly preferred destinations.  BENCHMARK’S distinguished and proven reputation is deeply-rooted in core values that are focused and aligned with exceeding ownership and stakeholder performance expectations. The combined portfolios feature nearly 70 unique and distinctive properties domestically and internationally. The company leadership and valued employees are passionately committed to delivering the industry’s most authentic, enchanted, soulful, vibrant, unrivaled and memory-making experience.  BENCHMARK’S progressive “Be The Difference” culture and values are a cornerstone to the company’s nearly 40 years of extraordinary achievement and prosperity. Many properties have been recognized with the Benchmark Conference Centers® mark of meeting excellence.  BENCHMARK, a global hospitality company, is based in The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, and has regional offices in Park City, Utah; Miami, Florida; New Brunswick, New Jersey; Seattle Washington; and Tokyo, Japan. To become a fan on Facebook, visit,  Follow us on Twitter at, , on Instagram at,, and on Pinterest at .  At LinkedIn,


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