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The Women Presidents' Organization and Entrepreneur Magazine announced that Koni Corporation was ranked second in the top 50 fastest-growing women-owned/women-led privately-owned businesses in the U.S. and Canada.

Genstar Capital acquired TravelCLICK, a leading global provider of interactive distribution solutions and marketing services to independent and chain hotels worldwide.

Adaco Services formed a partnership with Mediatech Marketing in Singapore to expand the presence of its hospitality procurement software in southeast Asia.Vivian Liang was named sales manager for the new office. Adaco also opened an office in India, which Ganesh Srinivasan will head.

Andis Company named Matt K. Andis executive vice president, Marcia Andis senior vice president, market development; and Laura Andis senior vice president, finance. All three are great-grandchildren of company founder Mathew Andis.

Signature Worldwide announced Lynn Geitz would be the seventh member of its Customer Advisory Council, which was formed in 2006 to help the company gain strategic insight from the customer's point of view.

Steven Didrick joined the Beverly Hills-based office of Cheryl Rowley Design as a senior designer. He brings 20 years of experience in the restaurant industry and over eight years in hospitality design.

Dometic developed the Eco-Friendly Recycling Program for retired refreshment centers. The program helps ease the hotel property's responsibility of finding proper disposal of the cooling solution.

Hotel & Leisure Advisors added project development analysis to its list of services with Eric B. Hansen as the director of development services.

Q-TRAN named Shannon Markey as Western Regional sales manager. Markey will work with lighting professionals in the specification community.

Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels named Bruce Stemerman a managing director for the firm's asset management business. Stemerman has nearly 20 years experience in the hospitality industry and 15 years in asset management. Mark Lukens and Jason Jones were named senior vice presidents. Lukens will be based in Seattle and focus on hotel capital advisory services and the disposition of select-service assets in the Northwest. Based in Los Angeles, Jones will focus on hotel dispositions throughout the Southwest.

Schréder Lighting appointed Jeff Sanders to inside sales manager. Sanders worked for North Star/Thorn Lighting for more than 20 years.

Steve Bettencourt was named vice president of sales at PhoneSuite. Bettencourt's background is in sales management and corporate consulting.

Paramount Lodging Advisors, a hotel real estate advisory firm, opened an office in Phoenix. The company, headquartered in Chicago, also has offices in San Francisco; New York; Charleston, SC; Richmond, VA; London; and Vancouver.

Allied Capital committed $51 million to support the buyout of Gilchrist & Soames by private equity group Swander Pace Capital. Gilchrist & Soames supplies branded luxury personal care products and amenities to the hotel industry.

NxTV named Hooman Honary chief technical officer and Eric Litwin senior vice president of applications development. Honary comes from Oxford Media, where he was also CTO. Litwin was senior vice president, information technology for Countrywide Capital Markets.

INNCOM named Douglas Kwok as director of sales for the firm's Asia Pacific region. He had been country manager/Hong Kong and Taiwan for Intergraph Corp., a software services firm.

Hotel management veteran Rick Reilly joined LRA Worldwide, Inc., a customer experience management firm, as an account director. Most recently, Reilly was assistant manager of the Four Seasons Boston. Three other LRA employees — Jill Jennings, Jeff Gurtman and Shannon Purce — were promoted to account director positions.

Food equipment manufacturer Enodis plc promoted Caitlin Rodgers to director of marketing for Enodis USA. Since 2003, Rodgers had been director of marketing communications for the Florida-based firm.

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