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Arizona Grand Resort Announces New Executive Chef

Renowned Chef James Finney Joins Food & Beverage Team

PHOENIX, Ariz. – (August 31, 2009) – Arizona Grand Resort, a member of the Preferred Hotels® and Resorts Ultimate Luxury Collection, today announced the appointment of its new Executive Chef James Eric Finney.

“Chef Finney has a proven track record of success at fine dining restaurants in luxury hotel settings across the country,” stated Managing Director Richard Behr.  “His approach to New American cuisine blends perfectly with our philosophy of weaving fresh produce and natural ingredients from local purveyors into all our dishes.”

Chef Finney will take his post on September 8 to lead the next steps in the ongoing evolution of dining at the resort that began with the opening of the new Lobby Grill in April of 2009. Prior to joining Arizona Grand Resort, Finney served as Executive Chef at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, UT.  During his eight years with the Five-Diamond property, he assisted in menu development for all dining venues and oversaw special dinners for President George W. Bush, Vice-President Dick Cheney, John Elway and Muhammad Ali as well as all catering efforts for the 2002 Winter Olympics when the hotel served as the official sponsor hotel.  He has worked at several other hotels and resorts prior to the Grand America including the Omni Interlocken Resort, Inverness Hotel & Golf Club and The Resort at Squaw Creek.

Finney graduated with honors from the Western Culinary Institute in Oregon and holds an associate degree from Southern Illinois University.


About Arizona Grand Resort

The Arizona Grand Resort is located on 164 beautifully-landscaped acres at the base of the spectacular South Mountain Preserve and boasts 640 residential-style suites and 100 luxury Villas accommodations. The AAA Four Diamond rated property recently completed a $52 million renovation to enhance the property including all guest suites, main lobby, spa, golf course, and restaurants. A member of the Preferred Hotels® & Resorts Ultimate Luxury Collection, Arizona Grand Resort offers the 7-acre Oasis Water Park, an award-winning 18-hole golf course, seven unique dining venues, the full service Arizona Grand Athletic Club & Spa and 117,000 square feet of meeting and function space, including a 20,000 square-foot exhibit pavilion. Arizona Grand Resort is independently owned and operated by an affiliate of Grossman Company Properties (GCP), one of the premier commercial and residential developers in the western United States.  During the past 45 years, GCP has built, developed and managed more than 14 million square feet of high-quality properties, including the Arizona Biltmore Resort, Biltmore Fashion Park and the Phoenix Spectrum Mall.  More information on the resort is available at

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   Emily Dille, Marketing Manager
   8000 S. Arizona Grand Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85044
   p: 602-659-6312


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