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KoolConnect Technologies recently installed its KIS digital interactive and guest services system at the 950-room Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers. KIS integrates in-room Internet connectivity with a range of free and pay entertainment and concierge services.

Merrychef USA is a new division of Enodis that markets the Merrychef line of accelerated cooking ovens in the U.S. Alison Cullin leads the U.S. team, which is based in New Port Richey, FL.

Recent appointments by Safemark Systems include Peter Gardner to director of West Coast sales and Robert Eamer to regional sales director covering the East Coast, Bermuda and the Caribbean. The firm recently installed its Millennium 5.0 safes in two New York City properties: the New York Helms-ley and the Metropolitan.

Arnon Levy was named president and CEO of Guest-Tek Interactive Entertainment. Newly elected members of the company's board of directors include Levy, Robert Creager, Howard Crone, Brian Cuff and Jacob Renert.

The Renaissance Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC selected Bartech Systems to supply the 657-room property with automatic minibars. Certain rooms will also receive Bartech's eBasket, a standalone unit that displays high-impulse products such as wine, chocolates and seasonal items.

Camille Ruggiero recently rejoined Minibar Systems as northeast regional sales manager. She is based in New York City.

Appointments at Scitec Computer, Communications and Consumer Electronics Technologies include Ming Parng as president and J.T. Wood as director of sales and marketing.

Best Manufacturing Group purchased the Image Apparel direct sale business of American Uniform Co. In the past three years, Best also acquired Artex International and H.W. Baker Linen.

Former Hotelevision executive Morgan Lambert joined LodgeNet Entertainment Corp. as vice president, satellite programming & special markets. In her new role, Lambert oversees LodgeNet's relationships with satellite programming providers.

Bruce Korodi joined U.S. Products as regional manager for accounts east of the Mississippi River. The company markets professional carpet cleaning, restoration and floor care products.

The Home Depot Supply recently opened a 380,000-square-foot distribution center in Atlanta. The center is the largest in the company's network and contains more than 25,000 separate products.

Dometic recently purchased Oyster Electronics, a Spanish manufacturer of hotel safes. The new operation will be integrated with Dometic's existing activities in Spain, and the products will be sold through Dometic's global sales organization.

Hospitality procurement services company Avendra signed or renewed contracts with 14 minority and women-owned businesses. In total, the company has nearly 100 minority and women-owned suppliers.

Ken Brown joined VingCard Elsafe as senior vice president, marketing and sales. He had been managing director of business development for EDS' central U.S. region.

Los Angeles-based investment firm Ares Management acquired amenities supplier Marietta Corp. Marietta will continue to operate as a separate company under President Rick Bloom.

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