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Dave Rutherford created RDI Sales and Marketing, which specializes in companies offering green products to the hospitality industry. Rutherford, most recently with Sunbeam, has 10 years of hospitality sales and marketing experience and 15 years in foodservice sales. RDI represents several lines that offer solutions to hotels to become more environmentally friendly.

Atlanta-based public relations firm Softscribe Inc. renewed five hospitality clients: Aptech Computer Systems, JDA Software, Northwind-Maestro PMS, Flyte Systems and The Rainmaker Group.

Robb & Stucky named Dan Lubner president of its newly formed Resorts Division. Previously the vice president of marketing and business development, Lubner will direct interior design and purchasing-related services for hospitality, timeshare and fractional ownership properties as well as other commercial clients.

PS Furniture, formerly Palmer Snyder, has gone green. The furniture company implemented environmentally friendly initiatives under the guidance of the Green Business Alliance and was given its “Greenified” seal.

SoftBrands named Jo-Ann Masters senior vice president and general manager of its hospitality business, effective Oct. 1. Masters, who's been with SoftBrands since 2000 in various leadership roles, takes over for Steve VanTassel.

Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler, P.A. created a hospitality practice group headed by Christina Kitterman and Steven Osber. RRA provides legal representation to hospitality clients, offering guidance in all areas of the trade.

Peter Burwash International (PBI) signed to direct the tennis program at the new Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita in the Indian Ocean.

Adaco Services extended its global reach with software installations at the JAL Fujairah in UAE; the Jumby Bay in Antigua; the Four Seasons Country Club in Algarve, Portugal; the Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, NY; the InterContinental Hotel in Boston, MA; the Rosen Hotels in Orlando, FL; and the Ritz-Carlton in White Plains, NY.

Robert Small was named the new manager of global product service for Maytag and Whirlpool Commercial Laundry. Small, who's been with Whirlpool since 1990, will focus on product service and parts management.

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