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Bruce Wiles joined Thayer Lodging Group as managing director and principal. He had been CEO of Blackstone Real Estate subsidiary Alcor Acquisition LLC.

Melissa Scott joined Vantage Hospitality as public relations and account manager for Vantage's Lexington Collection hotel chain. Most recently, she was media and public relations director for the U.S. Speedskating Federation.

Ron Pohl joined Best Western International as vice president of operations. The University of Akron (OH) graduate most recently served as SVP of operations and marketing for Boykin Management Co.

Alexi Hakim was appointed chief operating officer for the U.K. and Ireland for InterContinental Hotel Group. He replaces John Bamsey, now COO for IHG's in the Middle East and Africa. Hakim was vice president, IHG full-service operations, North America.

Eric Calderon joined luxury resort investment, development and management company Auberge Resorts as vice president of operations.

Kimpton Hotels promoted Rick Colangelo to senior director of operations. Colangelo oversees Kimpton's properties in Boston and Cambridge, MA and in New York City. He also will open upcoming Kimpton properties in Miami and New York.

Francisco Fuentes joined Barcelo Crestline Corp. as vice president of project management. He comes to Barcelo from Coastal Systems Development, where he managed design and construction of the Frederiksted Urban Waterfront Revitalization Project in St. Croix, the U.S. Virgin Islands and played an executive role in developments in Guatemala, Honduras and the Bahamas.

Lori Holland was promoted to executive director, public relations, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts.

James Riker is the new general manager of the Hilton Hartford (CT) Hotel. The Waterford Hotel Group executive is responsible for all hotel operations and more than 240 associates.

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Rosewood Hotels & Resorts veteran George Fong was appointed senior vice president, architecture and design for the luxury hotel chain. He oversees design, architecture and construction of new projects and openings as well as renovations of existing properties. Katherine Blaisdell returned to Rosewood as vice president of development construction. She was design and construction director for the ultra-luxury lodging manager from 1985 to 2005, when she left for the Kor Hotel Group.

Denis McCarthy was promoted from senior vice president and corporate controller to chief accounting officer at Interstate Hotels & Resorts. He manages Interstate's corporate accounting, financial reporting and tax functions.

Pittsburgh Marriott North at Cranberry Woods General Manager Ron Antonucci was named Marriott GM of the Year at the recent 2007 Marriott International Global Conference.

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Barry H. Gump is the first holder of the Harvey R. Chaplin Eminent Scholar's Chair in Beverage Management at the Florida State University School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. Gump's appointment at the Miami institution takes effect in August.

Sharon Glees joined Crescent Hotels & Resorts as senior vice president of human resources. Glees most recently was vice president of human resources for the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Her HR experience includes eight years with Marriott Corp.

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