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Grand Sierra Resort and Casino_ Newest Avendra Customer

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    Avendra Announces Signing of Grand Sierra Resort and Casino
                           as Newest Customer
 Grand Sierra to Utilize Avendra’s Comprehensive Procurement Services

ROCKVILLE, MD – May 2, 2007 – Avendra, the hospitality industry’s leading

procurement services company with more than $2 billion in purchasing volume,

announced the signing of Grand Sierra Resort and Casino of Reno, Nevada.

Grand Sierra will be leveraging most of Avendra’s key purchasing programs,

including: food & beverage, rooms operations, engineering, administrative, spa

supplies, technology and telecommunications, and hotel retail/gift shop.

“We are delighted to welcome the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino as our newest

casino customer,” said Dennis Baker, president and CEO of Avendra. “This is a

new market for Avendra and we are pleased that Grand Sierra recognized the

value that our industry-leading procurement programs and strategic supply chain

management services would bring to their hotel and casino operations.”

“As part of our growth strategy, we have been looking at all aspects of our

operations,” said Michael Carsch, president of Grand Sierra Resort and Casino.

“After thoroughly examining Avendra’s procurement services and their supply
chain management expertise, we decided they would make an excellent

procurement solution for us.”

About Grand Sierra Resort and Casino
The Grand Sierra Resort and Casino is one of northern Nevada's most
complete destination resorts. Located on 145-acres, the resort and
100,000 square foot casino offers 1,995 spacious guest rooms and
suites, 10 premier restaurants, headline entertainment, family-friendly
activities and endless recreation. The resort also includes 200,000
square feet of meeting and convention space. Grand Sierra Resort will
be the home of the largest indoor water park in the country as well as
a luxury condominium hotel and an extensive retail development.

About Avendra
Avendra is North America’s leading procurement services company serving
hospitality-related industries. Avendra customers gain access to contracts
leveraging over $2 billion of annual purchases, expert advisory services and in-
depth purchasing data and analysis. Through Avendra, customers obtain
substantial savings on their purchases and other value added services to improve
their operations and bottom line results. Formed in 2001, the company is
headquartered in Rockville, MD and has regional offices throughout the United
States and Canada. For more information, please call toll free, (866) AVENDRA,
visit, or email inquiries to

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