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Appointments and promotions at WESSCO International include DeVerges Jones to senior executive vice president of global marketing and sales; Anita Gittelson, EVP, will manage global product development and branding; Petros Sakkis to VP of international operations; EVP Sharon Conway Deherder will expand strategic relationships with corporate accounts; and Nick Bregman to director of new business development.

Geoff Thomas was appointed general manager of Microsoft Corp.'s U.S. Retail and Hospitality Group. He formerly served as managing director of the group.

Meridian Capital Group named Alan H. Fishman chairman. He previously was president and COO of Sovereign Bank.

Procurement services company Avendra signed Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, Reno, NV as customer.

Vantage Hospitality Group named iBAHN as a preferred high-speed Internet provider for its participating 750 Americas Best Value Inns and Lexington Collection hotels.

Michael Bell was hired as inside sales account executive for U.S. Products, a manufacturer of carpet, floor and restoration equipment. He previously worked for Software Spectrum.

PKF Consulting formed PKF Capital, a multi-service hotel brokerage form. PKF Capital is the result of the merger of PKF Consulting's Capital Markets Group and Colliers Macaulay Nicolls Inc.'s (CMN) Colliers International Hotels' (US) operations.

Brendon Weir joined IdeaS as director of sales, EAME. Most recently he served as director of sales in Europe for SynXis.

Thomas J. Czech joined Leo A Daly Las Vegas as director of operations. Previously, he was vice president of construction and operations for American Companies, Inc.

The Fairmont Scottsdale (AZ) Princess chose UniFocus' Watson, R.M. labor management suite to expand its current labor management offerings.

The newly formed Kenilworth Trading Company is a tableware company offering premium, European-inspired collections. The Homer Laughlin China Company will support the company's marketing and sales efforts, under the direction of Steven K. Abourisk, former president and CEO of the North American distribution center for Bauscher, Inc., a German-based manufacturer of hotel porcelain chinaware.

Chief Manufacturing, marketers of mounts, lifts and accessories for flat-panel displays and projectors, joined the Cornerstone Partnership program of the American Institute of Architects. Through the program, the company says it will be able to better serve its customers' mounting needs.

HP Products Corp. honored Kevin Walsh of Rubbermaid Commercial Products as its 2006 Supplier Representative of the Year. HP is a Virginia-based distributor of janitorial, packaging, safety, lamping and paper products.

Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels promoted Arthur Buser and John Strauss and added Romy Bhojwani to the Los Angeles office. Buser was promoted to president, Lodging Capital Markets-Americas. Strauss was promoted to executive vice president and will oversee the LA office. Bhojwani was named senior vice president for the firm's investment sales team.

American Hotel Register Company appointed Greg Kadens vice president and chief operating officer of its FF&E division, American Hotel Furnishings Company. He previously spent 15 years with Quill Corporation in various executive roles.

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