Vendor News August 15, 2011

Doug Rae joined Sertifi as director of sales for hospitality. Rae has 20 years experience in hotel technology.

iBAHN, a leader in IP Television and WiFi for the hospitality industry announced a new global operations organization within the company.

Dan Lubner, principal and CEO, formed the Lubner Group to provide interior design and resort renovation services for a wide range of hospitality industries. He’s joined by a team of seasoned professionals, including Mary Turschmann, Nancy Woodhouse, Gail Huff, Ron Nowfel, April Campbell and Brian Martin.

Purchasing firm Benjamin West will handle ff&e procurement for Extended Stay Hotels’ renovation program.

Legal counsel to the hospitality industry Sandman Savrann PLLC added a Manhattan office through its affiliation with Rosenberg, Feldman & Smith LLP.

IDeaS is expanding in strategic markets with new executive appointments: Jane Stampe is the new managing director of IDeaS Revenue Solutions, while Bernard Ellis takes on a new role as industry executive, hospitality. IDeaS offers pricing and revenue management software, services and consulting to the hospitality market.

Pegasus Solutions has a new revenue generation team: John Owens is senior vice president, global sales; Denise Mori, vice president, revenue generation management; Quentin Moore, regional director, Americas; Yoshinori Nishihara, regional director, Asia-Pacific; and Brian Dowd regional director, Europe-Middle East-Africa.

HREC Investment Advisors opened a third office in California. Hotel investment banking veteran Michael Blahosky is in charge of this Los Angeles office.

American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute has promoted Chris Jack to vice president, professional certification. Jack will carry out new initiatives for his department, including development of learning paths for professional certification and a web portal to help certified professionals track their professional development activities.

Onity named Gregory Morris vice president and general manager of Onity North America. Onity is a provider of electronic locking solutions.

After three years of service Steve Wilson, president of The Service Companies, was promoted to chief executive officer. Before joining The Service Companies, he spent 20 years with Global Hyatt Corporation in operations and financial management.

Hudson Valley Lighting launched a new contract hospitality division, adding custom capabilities for large hospitality environments.

Avendra has renewed its partnership with AS Hospitality. Avendra is a procurement services company for hospitality-related industries. AS Hospitality is a print and graphic communications provider to the hospitality industry.

Spectre Hospitality Resources, a revenue generation and eCommerce firm to the hospitality industry, added four executives: Colleen Foligno, area director of revenue management; Patrick Leland Fox, business analyst; Morgan Martin, area director of revenue management; and Teresa Stowell, area director of revenue management.

The Rainmaker Group tapped Steve Cover as vice president of software development. Cover will lead the LRO and revolution product development groups.

Three hospitality design leads have joined forces to launch SR3 Design, a new interior architectural design firm. Industry veterans Stacey Larsen, Ryan Oxford and Oz Ekviriyakul opened their new firm in Beverly Hills.

Steven Vazquez is the new vice president of Savills LLC’s hotel practice. New York-based Savills LLC is a real estate investment banking company and a part of UK-based Savills plc.

Kristin Vines joined Hospitality Performance Network Global (HPNG) as regional vice president Hawaii. HPNG is a global site selection and meeting procurement company.

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