Larry McRae was elected chairman of the board of Best Western International. He owns the Best Western Grant Creek Inn in Missoula, MT. Joining McRae as officers are Vice Chairman Raymond Johnston and Secretary/Treasurer Charles Helm.

Memphis-based REIT Equity Inns promoted Howard Silver to CEO. He will continue to serve as president. The company also hired Ed Ansbro as senior vice president of real estate. He had been a senior VP of Storage USA.

Brenda Thielbar was named communications manager for the IAHI, The Owners' Association of InterContinental Hotels Group. She had been lead marketing account executive with The Partnership, Inc.

The Blackstone Group created a new management group, WHM LLC, to operate its newly acquired Boca Resorts, Inc. division. Within the group, Jean-Jacques Pergant will oversee operations at the company's flagship Boca Raton, while Josephe Berger will manage the group's six resorts and clubs in Fort Lauderdale and Naples, FL. In addition, John Tolbert was named executive vice president in charge of sales and marketing for the group.

Cendant Corp.'s Hotel Group promoted Peter Strebel to executive vice president and chief marketing officer. He had been senior vice president, sales and marketing. Jean Thomas was promoted from senior vice president, brand strategy, to corporate senior vice president of marketing for Cendant's Hospitality Services Division.

Arlington Hospitality appointed Stephen Miller, senior vice president real estate and business development, to serve as the company's interim CEO, following the recent resignation of president and CEO Jerry Herman.

George Glover, chairman and CEO of BayStar Hotel Group of Tampa, received the first Kemmons Wilson Service Award from IAHI, The Owners Association of InterContinental Hotels Group. Named for the founder of Holiday Inns, the award honors an individual who best exemplifies Wilson's commitment to partnership between franchisors and franchisees.

James Mead joined Strategic Hotel Capital Inc. as chief financial officer. He had been CFO of Irvine Apartment Communities.

New CEO of AmericInn and its parent company, Northcott Hospitality International, is Arnold Angeloni. He had been serving as interim CEO of the company.

Roxanne Bianchi joined FelCor Lodging Trust as vice president of income tax. Most recently, she held a similar post with U.S. Restaurant Properties.

Wyndham International promoted Nicholas Bonrepos to senior vice president of business development and owner relations. He joined the Dallas-based owner, operator and franchisor in 2000 as vice president of finance.

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