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TIG Global received three Summit Creative Awards for its work with the El San Juan Hotel and Casino, the Brown Palace Hotel and Spa and the LXR Luxury Resorts-American Express co-op promotional program.

LodgeNet signed a multi-year deal with Loews Hotels to deliver a comprehensive HDTV and broadband Internet connectivity solution to U.S. and Canadian Loews properties. LodgeNet will design, install and manage broadband services to over 8,000 rooms across 18 hotels.

Textron Financial Corporation named Angelo Butera executive vice president and chief credit officer, where he'll oversee ongoing portfolio quality management. He succeeds Rod Weaver, who retired after 31 years with Textron.

Troon Golf partnered with UniFocus to launch a company-wide initiative to promote employee engagement. The golf management company will use UniFocus' STAFFScope to establish an empirical industry benchmark of workplace quality and then roll out a new initiative to all of its 190 golf facilities.

Whirlpool Corporation added staff to its Maytag and Whirlpool commercial sales and management teams. Joining the sales team are Steve Hietpas, national sales manager for midwestern U.S. and Canada; and Steve Sullivan, national sales manager in the central and northwestern U.S. Amanda Konczal joined the commercial laundry team as a senior category manager and Lisa Adent became project coordinator of Whirlpool and Maytag Commercial Laundry.

DOC-Economou appointed Mark Dellana executive vice president development/construction. He previously held the same position at Soffer Organization and has more than 30 years of real estate development experience.

MMG Worldwide partnered with Dubai-based Fusion Marketing Management to provide marketing solutions and resources to clients in the Middle East.

W.A.C. Lighting named Matthew Wakeham marketing director, where his primary focus will be leading the firm's market-research efforts. Wakeham had worked for Leviton Manufacturing Company the past 20-plus years in various capacities.

Kohler Co. acquired furniture provider Mark David, which will join the Kohler Interiors Group. Mark Norcross, the company's founder, will serve as president of the brand.

Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels appointed Jeffrey Davis as executive vice president to coordinate growth of the hotel capital raising business in the U.S.

Davis will team with Jere Lucey, managing director with the real estate investment banking group for Jones Lang LaSalle, to advise clients and provide resources in structuring and sourcing hotel capital.

The Embassy Suites Chicago-Downtown/Lakefront retained Benjamin West to provide ff&e purchasing services for the renovation of the 455 guestrooms.

Marcus & Millichap honored Michael Kaiyi Yu as its top hospitality investment specialist for 2007. Kaiyi Yu, an associate vice president of investments, facilitated transactions valued at $61.89 million.

Rocky Mountain Connections hired James LaFemina as vice president of sales and marketing and Shannon Lindquist as sales and operations coordinator. LaFemina will be based in the Denver office, while Lindquist will be in Vail, CO.

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