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Blue Sky Names Casino General Manager for French Lick Springs Resort & Casino

17 October 2005

INDIANAPOLIS -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- Chris Leininger has been named general manager for the casino at French Lick Springs Resort & Casino, starting October 17. Most recently, Leininger was general manager for Trump Casino and Hotel in Gary, Ind.

"Chris has tremendous leadership experience in Indiana gaming operations," said Robert Lauth, CEO of Lauth Group, Inc., an Indianapolis-based real estate developer and Blue Sky partner. "He brings results that translate into successful operations and superior guest satisfaction."

Leininger brings 16 years of gaming experience to his new role. In addition to his time with the Trump organization, he has also served as vice president of finance for Harrah's Casino and Hotel in East Chicago, Ind., and was part of the successful opening team for Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City, Ind., as the director of finance.

"I look forward to the opportunity to join this exceptional project. The complete restoration of the two historic hotels, the Donald Ross Golf Course combined with a state-of-the-art gaming facility will make this the premier resort destination of the Midwest," said Leininger. "The French Lick Springs Resort & Casino will offer the most unique overall experience, preserving the traditions of the past, while introducing an exciting casino entertainment venue."

The Blue Sky Team comprises owners Lauth Resorts & Casino, LLC, an affiliate of Lauth Group, Inc., and Orange County Holdings, Inc., an organization formed by the Cook Group family of companies. Benchmark Hospitality International, a hospitality management company, manages the resort properties.

Lauth Group, Inc.

Since 1977, Lauth has developed billions of dollars worth of facilities throughout the United States. A licensed general contractor in 49 states with projects completed coast to coast, Lauth is one of the nation's leading development and construction firms. With headquarters in Indianapolis and offices in Charlotte, Denver, Nashville and Orlando; Lauth delivers all types of facilities including healthcare, industrial, office and retail properties.

Cook Group, Inc.

The world's largest privately held medical device manufacturer with international headquarters in Bloomington, Ind., COOK® ( is a leading designer, manufacturer and global distributor of minimally invasive medical device technology for diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Cook Group also owns and operates real estate, retail management and travel services businesses. Through its real estate development and management company, CFC, Inc., the Cook Group family of companies has placed a special emphasis on preserving architecturally significant buildings in Bloomington and south central Indiana.

Benchmark Hospitality International

Benchmark Hospitality International ("Benchmark"), an independent hospitality management company based in The Woodlands (Houston), Tex., operates resorts, conference centers and hotels, both domestically and internationally. Benchmark will manage the French Lick Springs Resort and the West Baden Springs Resort. Benchmark has more than 25 years of experience and operates 17 facilities in 12 states. Their properties include Turtle Bay Resort in Hawaii, Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center in Arizona, The Chattanooga in Tennessee, Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado, Del Lago Resort in Houston, Lansdowne Resort in Washington, D.C. and the Founders Inn in Virginia Beach.

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