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Allen Mullinix was promoted to vice president of development at Americas Best Value Inn by Vantage, Christopher Foster will oversee ABVI membership development in the Southwest and parts of the West Coast and Vic Vescovo will direct membership development in most of the Midwest.

Hilton Hotels Corp. veteran Kenneth Smith was appointed executive vice president-Americas Operations, Sales & Revenue Management, and Ernest Wooden has been appointed EVP-Brand Management. Smith and Wooden, another hospitality veteran, report to Tom Keltner, EVP-Hilton Hotels and CEO-Americas & Global Brands.

Jerry Gibson has returned to the Hyatt Regency Chicago as vice president-managing director, and Patrick Donelly was appointed general manager. Gibson was GM of the 2,019-room hotel from 1997-1999, while Donelly served as Hyatt's regional f&b director there from 1991-1995.

The Sterling Companies effected a leadership restructuring, appointing J. Garrett McNeil chief executive officer to succeed Jim Olin, now managing partner. McNeil was president and chief operating officer. Olin was instrumental in integrating Sterling's divisions.

Nikki Harrison is the new vice president of global marketing for Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

Joseph Reyes was named general manager of the 183-room, luxury Westminster Hotel in Livingston, NJ. He had been general manager at the Shoreham, a boutique hotel in New York.

Retail center developer Caruso Affiliated tapped William A. Reich as vice president, hotels & resorts. Caruso recently launched a hotel and resort property division by buying the Miramar Hotel in Montecito, CA from toy magnate Ty Warner.

Dave Zeuske joins Northview Hotel Group as president and chief operating officer of NHVG Management, and Guy Lindsey is the hotel group's new EVP of design and construction. Zeuske was EVP at Tarsadia Hotels, Lindsey SVP of design and construction at Sunstone Hotel Investors.

Steve Trent was named managing director of the Hyatt Regency Houston. He comes to the 977-room hotel from a similar position at the Grand Hyatt San Francisco. Hyatt named Trent GM of the Year in 1987.

The new general manager of the Hilton Garden Inn Chicago Downtown-Magnificent Mile is Douglas Koenig. Previously, he was general manager of the Hilton Altamonte Springs, FL.

Liberty Harbor LLC named Ralph L. Vick president of Liberty Harbor Hospitality LLC, its new resort management company. Vick will be responsible for hospitality services linked to Liberty Harbor, a master-planned community in Brunswick, GA.

Thomas C. Hendricks was appointed to the board of directors of Felcor Lodging Trust. He is executive vice president of Acquisitions and Development for the Kor Group.

Hersha Hospitality Management named Edmund Pietzak vice president of design and construction. He was director of engineering at the Marriott Marquis in New York.

Barry M. Shatoff was named general manager of the Doubletree Hotel JFK Airport in Jamaica, NY. He joins Boykin Management Company from the Holiday Inn JFK, where he was general manager.

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