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SmartCube replaced AutoClassic as the number-one fully automated minibar for the U.S. hotel market, says Minibar Systems. Over the past 12 years, Minibar Systems has installed thousands of the AutoClassic line of automated minibars throughout North America.

Richard Reyer and Dick Wheeler joined Bittel USA as vice presidents of sales for the distributor of guestroom telephones. Reyer brings more than 30 years experience to the company, previously holding senior sales positions at Zenith, Hitachi and Telematrix. Wheeler most recently worked for TeleMatrix as eastern regional sales director.

DiLeonardo International named Andrew Chiu, regional director of Asia Pacific operations, principal. Chiu, who joined the design firm in 2002, will continue in his managerial role in the company's Hong Kong offices as he assumes broader responsibility in helping chart the company's global presence and expansion.

The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute named Michael A. Sullivan, MHS, to the new position of vice president, national accounts. Previously, Sullivan worked for EI in its industry sales division and most recently he was national account executive for lodging for Starbucks.

Internet services firm BAXL Technologies became a public company in September through a concurrent reverse merger and public offering of $8.5 million. The company is now known as BAXL Holdings, Inc.

Developer Tribeca Associates chose Brennan Beer Gorman Architects to design its latest mixed-use office and boutique hotel at 330 Hudson Street, New York City. The property will be one of the few Silver LEED-Certified hotels in the U.S.

Leo Vogel was named senior vice president of sales and marketing for American of Martinsville. Most recently, he was director of sales and marketing for the contract division of Sealy.

BMC completed the redesign and upgrading of its corporate website at www.boykin.com. The site, developed in collaboration with TIG Global, emphasizes BMC's mission and knowledge of hospitality management.

Equity Inns Inc. renewed its contract with Hatchett Hospitality, a design, purchasing and installation firm, to be the preferred vendor for ff&e at Equity-owned properties which are being renovated and upgraded.

Normandy Real Estate Partners appointed Thomas J. Walsh as principal. Most recently, he was the co-founder and president of The Gale Construction Company.

Phillip Dei Dolori joined Scotsman as group president, ice and beverage systems. He previously served as a senior executive of Middlebay Corp.

Lubrizol Advanced Materials named Ryan Chubon as south region field piping systems consultant. He formerly was an outside sales representative for Ferguson Enterprises.

Hospitality Performance Network named Amber Poole senior account executive. Previously, she worked at the Sheraton Sonoma County-Petaluma (CA) Hotel.

Solo Cup Company sold its Hoffmaster business to Kohlberg & Company for $170 million.

The Liberty Hotel Boston chose Hostar International's Luxury Boutique ProHost System for its housekeeping operations.

Adam Briel joined United Feather & Down in hospitality sales. He is based at the company's headquarters in Des Plaines, IL.

Delaware North Companies, Inc. chose Avendra for its procurement needs, covering 28 of its parks, resorts, gaming anwd entertainment venues.

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