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IT expert David Sjolander, a fixture at Carlson Hospitality for 15 years, has left for TravelCLICK, where he will lead strategy and business development. His new title: senior vice president, strategy and business development. Although TravelCLICK is based in Schaumburg, IL, Sjolander will work from his Minnesota home.

Regina (Gina) Wilkins Donahue became America of Martinsville's new architectural and design manager. She'll lead the company's marketing efforts to develop the architectural and design communities.

Frank Dyer was named director of product marketing for Onity, where he'll be responsible for product management and product marketing across all segments. Dyer was a senior product marketing manager for AT&T before joining Onity.

Ray Hobbs, senior VP for Kelco Management and Development, Ray Burger, founder and president of Pineapple Hospitality, and Diane Bogino, president of Performance Strategies, Inc., formed the Atlantis Hospitality Group. The trio, which has 100 years combined experience in all facets of hotel and resort management, offers full-service consulting resources to investment groups and developers.

Milestone Partners acquired Safemark Systems, Inc. in a partnership with management. Madison Capital Funding LLC and New Canaan Funding LLC provided debt financing and co-invested equity with Milestone.

Stephen Rothschild joined the senior management team at Riegel Consumer Products as national account manager of the sheeting and terry division. Rothschild will also act as the regional sales manager for the mid-Atlantic sales territory.

Telkonet, Inc. promoted Jeff Sobieski to chief operating officer after the resignation of Dottie Cleal. Sobieski had been the executive vice president of energy management since 2007.

GLM named Lynn White show manager of the International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show. White will be responsible for the day-to-day direction of the annual tradeshow in New York City and will report to senior vice president Phil Robinson.

Jeffrey D. Krull was hired as vice president, product development for Sloan Valve Company, where he'll drive profitability through optimal processes and implementation of new products for Sloan's business development. Krull was most recently the vice president of product development at Shure Inc.

Industry veteran Bill Scanlan launched Strategic Solution Partners, a hotel consultancy that focuses on corporate and property-level sales and marketing. SSP's team has more than 100 years of global sales and marketing experience.

Dennis Ball joined Enodis USA as vice president of business development for the U.S., where he'll focus on increasing relationships with the consultant community. Ball has 35 years experience in the foodservice industry.

Cary Benjamin and Tony Mitchell have formed a new company, b+m2 design, an interior architectural and design firm for the hospitality industry. The duo has more than 30 years of experience.

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.

New president and CEO of Sealy Corp. is Larry Rogers. A 19-year veteran with the company, Rogers most recently was president of Sealy North America.

Pamela Rainey was promoted from senior stylist to design manager of Shaw Hospitality Group. In here two years with the company, Rainey has designed two award-winning carpet collections for the hospitality industry.

Phillips Partnership, an Atlanta-based engineering and architectural firm with projects in the hospitality industry, recently announced five promotions: Susan Phillips to chief operating officer, Rob French to senior vice president, Keith Brookshire to vice president, finance, Paul Monardo to vice president, design and Bill Peltier to vice president, structural engineering.

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