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Vendor News Sept. 1, 2012

Farrar Consulting, headed by former Marriott executive Richard Farrar,has partnered with psychologist Marta Pugh-Westlyn to help hotel companies manage work-related stress issues and to enhance team functioning.

Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels promoted four executives: Adam McGaughy to managing director, Tony Muscio and Stewart Brown to senior vice presidents and Johnny Wong as vice president.

Former Destination Hotels & Resorts executive John Rosen joined Columbus, OH-based RockBridge as managing director. He had been senior vice president of asset management at Destination.

Brenda Geoghagan and David Messersmith joined Nashville-based Feltus Hawkins Design to lead expansion of the firmís hospitality design team. Geoghagan had been with Looney Ricks Kiss Architects, while Messersmith had been vice president of J/Brice Design International.

Valley Forge Fabrics named Andrew Mahoney executive vice president. He joined the Florida-based supplier of decorative hospitality fabrics from Commodore Consulting, which he founded in 2009.

James Escarzega joined Cushman & Wakefield as senior director of the firmís global hospitality team, which provides debt structuring, debt and equity placement and hotel brokerage services. He had been senior vice president of Pinnacle Realty Investments.

New chief financial officer of Roomlinx is Anthony DePaolo. He joined the Denver-based provider of interactive TV applications for the hotel industry from Incentra Solutions, where he was president and CFO.

Michael Dube joined HREC Investment Advisors based in the brokerage firmís Denver headquarters office.

Michael OíConnell rejoined Pegasus Solutions as senior vice president, distribution and demand sales. Before leaving the firm four years ago, he was senior director of business development.

The Refinishing Touch, an Atlanta-based provider of furniture refinishing, reupholstering, armoire modification and other services, established The Refinishing Touch Canada with an office in Toronto.

Ragatz Associates and Resort Equities created Ragatz Resorts Realty with a focus on boutique, commercial real estate brokerage. The firm deals exclusively with resort-oriented real estate, including resort hotels, whole-ownership projects, shared-ownership projects, private residence clubs and resort timeshare, as well as raw land suitable for resort development.

Premier Mounts, manufacturer of projector mounts, flat-panel mounts, carts and stands and accessories, signed Paradigm Strategic Marketing as its representative in Florida.

Sheraton Overland Park (KS) installed a new digital signage system from Four Winds Interactive. Signage, placed in several locations, replaces printed signs for meeting and event updates.

Meyda Lighting appointed Max Cohen to New England area sales manager. He continues as sales manager for upstate New York and the companyís factory showroom in Yorkville, NY.

Concept Amenities received Green Leaf designation from W.W. Grainger, a broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products. The Green Leaf designation identifies products that help organizations run greener facilities.

iBAHN, teamed with Time Warner Cable Business Class to offer enhanced television and web entertainment for hotels. The service is debuting at the Dream Downtown in New York City.


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