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On Command Video Corp. struck a deal that will enable it to provide to hotel guest-rooms feature films and special event programming from NBC Universal. In addition, NBCU approved On Command's new in-room HD copy protection technology which allows films from select studios to be shown securely in HD.

ATM manufacturer Triton Systems promoted James Phillips to senior U.S. retail manager. He oversees the sales efforts to the company's direct distributor network as well as to major retain chain store accounts.

Austin, TX-based Wayport recently completed installation of a wireless high-speed Internet access system at the 1,003-room River Palms Casino in Laughlin, NV.

Milenium Grupo Hotelero Mexicano and Loews Hotels selected Safemark Systems as their preferred vendor for in-room safes.

Recent appointments at janitorial supply firm Pro-Link include Joe Flanagin to director of national accounts and Bruce Seich to director of operations.

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

Chuck Greenspan joined Country Draperies as national sales manager. Most recently, he was an account executive and sales manager with Mason Contract Products.

Dallas-based labor management systems provider UniFocus entered an agreement to acquire LaborSage, Inc., which markets banquet and labor scheduling software.

PKF Consulting hired Reed Woodworth as vice president in its newly opened Boston office. In his 16-year career, Woodworth has worked for a variety of hospitality consulting firms.

GBCblue has purchased EndPoint Communications. Both firms market business center personal computing systems for the hospitality industry.

Kool Connect Technologies promoted Dave Tahan to chief operating officer. Most recently, he was executive vice president of the in-room entertainment provider.

RAL Companies & Affiliates promoted Stuart Taft from director of acquisitions to managing director, acquisitions. The Manhattan-based firm is a developer of apartment, condo and resort communities.

Three hotels selected Oxford Media to provide them with pay-per-view and video-on-demand services. The additions include two Radissons in Fort Worth, TX and the Grandview Hotel in Kansas City, MO.

Developers of the Westin Newport in Jersey City, NJ chose Benjamin West to provide ff&e purchasing services for the new 429-room hotel. In addition, two hotels — the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC and the Courtyard by Marriott in Jersey City, NJ — hired the firm for purchasing services for their renovation projects.

Arizona-based Celebration of Golf Management selected Avendra as its procurement provider. Celebration operates nine golf courses in the state. Avendra also recently honored 37 of its food and beverage suppliers for superior performance in Avendra's unannounced Meet the Truck audits.

Scott Young joined LodgeNet Entertainment Corp. as senior vice president and chief marketing officer. Most recently, he was vice president of merchandising, music, for Best Buy Corp.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Bureau chose Passkey to provide online group reservations services for the bureau.

David Altobello recently joined real estate broker Molinaro Koger as vice president. Altobello, who is based in the firm's Washington, DC office, had been a financial director for Marriott International.

Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels promoted three executives include to senior vice president: Jeffrey Davis, Miguel Rivera and Kristina Paider.

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