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Choice Hotels International recently named Protect-A-Bed as an approved vendor for the company's brands, says Petra Minoff, vice president of sales for Protect-A-Bed. Protect-A-Bed produces a line of healthy bedding products for the hospitality industry.

Hotel Technology Solutions acquired Lorica Solutions. Joining HTS as equity partners are Enhanced Capital Partners and Stonehenge Capital Company. Lorica developed the Lorica Room Center, a managed converged network designed for the hospitality industry.

Marcus & Millichap recognized Gordon Allred as top hospitality investment specialist in 2006. Allred, a senior investment associate based in Ontario, facilitated transactions valued at $112 million last year.

Onity achieved Endorsed Direct Order Supplier status for Best Western International. Onity will provide electronic locking systems, in-room safes, energy management solutions and training for the chain.

UniFocus' Watson, R.M. Suite of labor and budgeter management software applications have been implemented at the Hotel del Coronado, San Diego, CA.

W.A.C. Lighting appointed Christopher Verone to Western Regional Territory Sales Manager. He has 24 years of sales experience, including more than four years with W.A.C. Lighting.

Charles Isola joined Hospitality Solutions LLC as executive vice president and chief operating officer. Isola previously served as senior director of retention services for Cendant.

Gemstone Hotels & Resorts LLC chose Avendra for its procurement needs. Gemstone will utilize a variety of Avendra's procurement programs including food and beverage, rooms operations, administrative and financial services, replenishment, cleaning chemicals and sanitizing systems, and engineering.

Manitowoc Foodservice Group appointed Michael J. Kachmer as president. He most recently was chief operating officer at Culligan International Company.

Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels is expanding its select service division with the promotion of Mark H. von Dwingelo to regional senior vice president — Northeast. He will oversee the select service division's Northeast practice.

Nadia Biski and Paul Greenwood have been made partners at Brennan Beer Gorman Monk Interiors. Brennan Beer Gorman Architects named Don Lasker, Eric Ohr and Guy Thornton senior associates, while Scott Barton and Eric Seymour were promoted to associate. Interior designer Khoon-Ying Tay was made an associate with BBGM. Also, architects Toriano Davis and Peder Sulerud have been promoted to associates in the BBG-BBGM's Washington, DC office.

Signature Worldwide promoted regional training team leader Michael Civita to national account manager.

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