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Home Box Office will make all 26 feeds of its HBO and Cinemax multiplex channels, including HBO Family, available in high-definition. The transition begins this year, with anticipated completion by the end of second quarter 2008.

Signature RFID by VingCard received the Platinum ADEX while Signature by VingCard earned Gold in the 2006-07 Awards for Design Excellence, a competition for product design of furniture, fixtures and finishes marketed to the design trade.

Heidi Niesen was named national sales manager for the hospitality division of SICO America Inc. Most recently she was regional sales manager for the division.

Advertising and public relations agency Yesawich, Pepperdine, Brown & Russell changed its name to Ypartnership.

Art Jaramillo joined Dometic Corp. as regional sales manager for lodging properties in the southwest. He recently worked as a supplier of property management systems to hotels and restaurants.

FSR promoted Chris Quintero to its technical support team and Jeff Hunter to the inside sales department.

Peter Feldman joined the executive management team of Wayport as vice president of engineering. He previously served as vice president of engineering at Nomadix.

Peter Burwash International will direct the tennis operation for the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi.

Elizabeth Parker and Mark Schurtz joined SECURE-RES as regional sales managers.

Eight veteran hoteliers formed Paramount Lodging Advisors, a firm specializing in international hotel brokerage, hotel site selection, hotel real estate valuation, debt and equity capital sourcing, asset management, executive search and construction/development consulting. The company is headquartered in Chicago with offices in San Francisco; New York; Charleston, SC; Richmond, VA; London, England; and Vancouver, Canada.

David McCaslin formed EAC Hospitality, LLC, which specializes in hotel asset management and hotel investment.

Signature Worldwide announced that Steve Wolever, president and CEO and Becky Wolever, chief operating officer, purchased founder Don Farrell's shares, making them majority shareholders in the company. This also marks Farrell's planned departure from Signature.

Rubbermaid Commercial Products acquired United Metal Receptacle Corp.

Benjamin West launched a new division to procure operating supplies and equipment (OS&E). The new service will complement the company's FF&E function.

Jeff Barta and Isabel Lucero, project directors, will oversee the new division's operations.

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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