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The Association of Starwood Franchisees & Owners-North America chose Onity as an associate member and appointed Daniel Foxworth, Onity's director of sales/hospitality division, as honorary board member.

Christopher Bracken joined iBAHN as its new chief strategy officer, a newly created position, after seven years at On Command Corporation. He was most recently vice president of corporate planning, international operations and corporate development.

Pegasus Solutions named COO Michael H. Kistner as the new CEO. Kistner, who's spent his entire career in the travel services industry, joined Pegasus as senior vice president of operations and service delivery in 2005.

Larry Kaplan was promoted to senior vice president of HREC Investment Advisors in the Denver office. He's been active in hospitality finance and real estate since the mid-1990s and has been one of HREC's top producers in recent years.

American Hotel Furnishings and Wave Renovations were awarded the design, procurement and construction contract for 22 Wyndham conversions. They'll provide complete turnkey renovation services, including interior design, ff&e procurement, project management, freight management, construction and construction management for the portfolio previously known as Exel Inns of America.

BIC Graphic USA announced it will not have mid-year price increases, meaning established prices will be held through 2008. BGU is launching a new Stretch Your Dollar promotion during the third quarter to assist distributors during down economic times.

Buffalo Hotel Realty and CRES Hotel Brokers were elected as new members of Hotel Brokers International. The Buffalo, NY-based company and CRES, based outside St. Louis, bring more than 50 years of combined hotel and real estate experience between the two firms' principals, Larry Best and David Donley.

HVS launched a consulting and valuation services branch in Washington, DC. David Fuller, a graduate of Cornell University's School of Hotel Management and a Designated Member of the Appraisal Institute, heads HVS Washington.

UniFocus added executives Richard Haschke and Robin Rankin to position the company for growth. The duo brings more than 40 years of sales experience in the hospitality and technology sectors.

Textron Financial named Shelley Wilson senior vice president of marketing to replace Adele Suddes, who is leaving for Textron, Inc. as executive director of customer leadership. Wilson has more than 20 years of marketing experience and joined Textron in 2005.

Laura Kirby-Meck, who brings more than 20 years of experience in sales, marketing and operations in the hospitality technology industry, joined MSI as its chief marketing officer.

Cintas Corporation created a new Global Accounts and Strategic Markets Division as the first phase of its launch into international markets. New sales and service offices opened in Hong Kong and Macau and Cintas has plans to expand in Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.

Benjamin West was named as the purchasing firm for the Marriott Philadelphia Downtown to provide ff&e for its public space.

Marcus & Millichap honored Michael Kaiyi Yu as its top hospitality investment specialist for 2007. Kaiyi Yu, an associate vice president of investments, facilitated transactions valued at $61.89 million.

Rocky Mountain Connections hired James LaFemina vice president of sales and marketing and Shannon Lindquist as sales and operations coordinator. LaFemina will be based in the Denver office, while Lindquist will be in Vail, CO.

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