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Holiday décor manufacturer Kurt S. Adler, Inc. moved its corporate headquarters to West 34th St. in midtown Manhattan.

Courtney Warren joined W.A.C. Lighting as marketing manager. She had been assistant vice president and marketing officer for New York Community Bank.

Digital technology company Oxford Media signed agreements with the Microtel Inn & Suites in Tampa and the Safar Inn in Clearwater, FL to provide the properties with digital video-on-demand and pay-per-view entertainment systems. Y-Max Media, an Oxford dealer, arranged the agreements.

Jani-King International expanded its hospitality division with the addition of new new advisors: Traci Parker and Valaida Winn. Before joining the company, Parker was a sales rep in the beverage industry, while Winn had been executive housekeeper of the Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas.

Recent appointments at FSR include Cori Fonzetti to the sales team and Victoria Groetsch as director of media relations.

The Langham Place Hotel in Hong Kong signed a long-term agreement with NXTV Asia Ltd. for video-on-demand movies, high-speed TV Internet access, IP video games and other services.

Several hotels recently installed procurement software from Adaco Services: the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale (AZ); the Sheraton in Sana'a, Yemen; and the Jumeirah Essex House in New York City.

Appointments in the affiliate sales and marketing division of Fox Cable Networks include Lindsay Gardner to president, Michael Hopkins to executive vice president and Michael Baird to senior vice president.

Commercial real estate broker Sperry Van Ness expanded its presence in the Houston market with the appointment of Greer Lee as senior investment advisor in the area.

NAI Global Hotels is a new firm that provides real estate services to private and institutional owners, investors, developers and operators in the lodging industry. The firm is a unit of NAI Global, a network of independently owned commercial real estate brokerage firms.

Hatchett Hospitality recently purchased a 19,000-square-foot building in Griffin, GA to serve as its design center and showroom. The firm provides design, purchasing, installation and transportation services to the hotel business.

The Jerde Partnership, a Los Angeles-based architecture and urban planning firm, hired James Jackson as hospitality design director. Most recently, Jackson was vice president of design and construction for The Kor Group.

The Kauai Beach Hotel and Resort in Hawaii will install the Signature electronic locking system from VingCard in its 350 guestrooms. The installation is part of the property's ongoing $13-million renovation project.

New vice president of R&D and technical operations for travel content management and e-marketing firm Leonardo is Eliezer Dikstein. Most recently, he held a similar position with Exanet, an Israeli software company.

Milenium Grupo Hotelero Mexicano selected Safemark Systems as its preferred vendor for in-room safes. With 14 properties, the firm is the largest InterContinental Hotel Group franchisee in Mexico.

St. Louis-based law firm Blackwell Sanders recently launched a hospitality industry practice. The group include 14 attorneys.

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