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Hospitality furniture manufacturer MTS Seating recently celebrated its 50th year in business. Dean Curtis and Paul Swy founded the company in Bedford Township, MI in 1955.

Sealy made a commitment of $1 million in cash and product donations to the American Red Cross to support relief efforts following Hurricane Katrina.

Daylight Software, Inc. President and CEO Bill Duncan resigned his positions. Chairman and CFO Timothy Mathews succeeded Duncan, who remains with the company as a consultant.

Lodging industry veteran Ray Burger formed Pineapple Hospitality, a Missouri-based company that offers a range of environmentally sensitive and energy-efficient products to the hotel business. He had been an executive with Green Suites International.

Appointments at TravelCLICK, Inc. include Scott Smith to chief financial officer and Todd Hinkel to chief information officer.

The Barnsdale Hall Hotel in Rutland, U.K. chose Visual One Systems to provide its front office, sales ledger, sales and catering and web bookings systems.

The former Allied Programs department of the Educational Institute of the American Hotel & Lodging Association is now called Specialized Markets. The name change was made to better reflect the department's customer base beyond hotels to include military lodging facilities, restaurants, private clubs, casinos, cruise ships and hospitality associations.

Hospitality marketing experts John Fareed and Nina Zapala formed Fareed and Zapala Marketing Partners. The Florida-based consulting firm focuses on independent hotels and resorts in the Southeast and in the Caribbean.

Arm & Hammer Commercial Brand is a new division of Arm & Hammer that provides a full line of deodorizing and cleaning products to the commercial marketplace, including lodging properties.

Recent installations by in-room safe supplier Safemark Systems include Alexis Suites Hotel, Seattle; Desert Paradise Resort, Las Vegas; Grafton on Sunset, West Hollywood, CA; Holiday Inn International Drive, Orlando; Marriott's Ocean Watch Villas, Myrtle Beach, SC; Ramada Inn Regency, Hyannis, MA; and more.

InfoGenesis, a Santa Barbara, CA-based supplier of what it calls Guest Experience Management systems, recently purchased e-Touch, a self-service food ordering system.

Promotions at Herndon, VA-based Daly Gray Public Relations include Carol McCune to senior vice president and Chris Daly to vice president.

Appointments at Fox Cable Networks include Jamia Bigalow as vice president, affiliate marketing and Eric Schmidt as manager, advanced services. Biglalow previously held a similar position with the NFL Network, while Schmidt's experience include a stint with Major League Baseball Advanced Media.

Benjamin West recently signed agreements to provide ff&e purchasing services for a number of hotel projects: The Lodge at Northern Bay in Adams County, WI; Parrot Key Resort, Key West, FL; Il Lugano at the Village, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Newstead Belmont Hills Golf Resort in Bermuda; and a portfolio of 12 hotels owned by Highgate Holdings.

Seattle's Best Coffee signed a contract to be exclusive coffee and espresso provider for the Four Points by Sheraton chain. In addition, Four Points will be exclusive national hotel chain for Seattle's Best Coffee foodservice division.

Mark Blick joined Molinaro Koger as senior vice president. He heads the hotel real estate advisory firm's London office

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