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Pfingsten Partners is the new majority owner of Tropitone Furniture and will help provide the company expanded resources for continued growth.

Lighting Technologies International was sold to Royal Philips Electronics. LTI will become part of Philips' Special Lighting Applications business group.

Michael R. Donahue launched Hotel Wise Man and its first product, a web-delivered sales performance audit that examines the effectiveness of a hotel's sales and marketing department. Donahue has 30 years experience at some of the nation's top resorts, including the La Costa Resort, the Arizona Biltmore and the Grand Wailea Resort.

Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels named Fernando Garcia-Chacon senior vice president for the firm's advisory services team. Garcia-Chacon has more than 12 years of experience within the professional services, hospitality, consulting and real estate industries. Jeffrey Davis, part of the New York investment sales team, was promoted to executive vice president. Amelia Lim, also in New York, and Anwar Elgonemy, based in San Francisco, were promoted to senior vice presidents. Jason Jones, based in Los Angeles, and Mark Lukens, based in Seattle, were appointed senior vice presidents in the select service division.

VingCard signed an agreement to install electronic locks in the Sheraton Cable Beach Resort and Wyndham Nassau Resort & Crystal Palace Casino in The Bahamas. Bahia Mar Resorts owns both properties.

Marguerite Tarica joined Lodging Econometrics' North American sales team. She will be responsible for conveying LE's sales solution to U.S.-based vendors.

Allison Cripps was added as a new consultant to COLLOQUY's corporate client services group. Cripps has more than 15 years experience and most recently was vice president of marketing for Les Concierges.

Cameron Larkin launched Larkin Hospitality Finance, a hotel investment bank that will focus on meeting the debt financing needs of hotel owners and developers. Larkin has more than 15 years of experience in the hospitality lending business.

FiberBuilt Umbrellas announced that all of its Prestige Collection umbrellas will now have a five-year warranty.

Avendra signed agreements to provide its procurement services to Amway Hotel Corp.'s three Grand Rapids, MI properties and to Windsor Hospitality Group, a firm that manages 30 hotels across North America. Avendra also appointed Tim Clarke as vice president, strategic markets.

Roxann O'Rourke was named senior project manager for the architectural firm Leo A Daly. She'll work to lead and expand the Los Angeles office's hospitality interiors practice.

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.

Roxann O'Rourke was named senior project manager for the architectural firm LEO A DALY. She'll work to lead and expand the Los Angeles office's hospitality interiors practice.

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