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Death Valley is High Point in Joel Southall’s ‘Green’ Career Path


DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, CALIF.—When Joel Southall first went to college, it was not his intent to work in the hospitality industry. He had an interest in animal behavior research. While studying at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, however, he realized he was much better suited for a job that would allow him to quickly see the practical results of his work.

The P Hotel and Spa Names Megan Morath Assistant G.M.


STATE COLLEGE, PA.—Developers of The P Hotel and Spa, in conjunction with Hospitality Asset Management Co., announced that Megan Morath has accepted the position of assistant general manager of the new condominium-hotel, slated to open in 2010. The P Hotel and Spa will be among the first LEED certified hotels in the country.

Fairmont Appoints Leonard Czarnecki G.M. of Fairmont Pittsburgh


PITTSBURGH—Paul Tormey, regional vice president, Northeastern U.S. and Bermuda for Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, has announced the appointment of Leonard S. Czarnecki to general manager of Fairmont Pittsburgh. Czarnecki brings more than 18 years of experience, at some of the world’s most notable properties, to this position.

Flora Named Senior Vice President, Education and Research, for USGBC


WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Green Building Council announced the appointment of Rebecca Flora to the position of senior vice president, Education and Research, replacing Peter Templeton, who was named president of the Green Building Certification Institute in mid-November. The appointment is effective January 15, 2009.

Michael Maguire Named Executive Chef at Gayana Eco Resort


KOTA KINABALU, MALAYSIA—Gayana Eco Resort, Borneo Malaysia announces the appointment of Michael Maguire as executive chef. Michael joins the team from New Zealand where he has successfully led a number of luxury boutique resort properties’ culinary teams. Michael brings a wealth of international experience with him.

Templeton Named President of Green Building Certification Institute


WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) recently announced that Peter Templeton will assume the new role of president of GBCI. In his leadership role at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Templeton was vital to the early development of the LEED green building certification system.

David Mahood Puts Sustainability Knowledge to Work for NEWH


MINNETONKA, MINN.—As Vice President of Sustainability for NEWH, David Mahood helps to carry out the organization’s sustainability hospitality mission which reads as follows: “Leading the hospitality industry to educate and promote sustainable practices that achieve a balance between environment, economics and social equity.”

Best Western Interior Designer Becomes Hotel Chain’s First LEED AP


PHOENIX—Best Western International announced that staff interior designer Ciji Hoffman has earned the honor of being the first Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) accredited professional (AP) for the World’s Largest Hotel Chain.

Kleisner II Leading the Newly Opened Nines in Portland, Oregon


PORTLAND, ORE.—Sage Hospitality recently announced the appointment of Frederick Kleisner II as general manager of the Nines, a Starwood Luxury Collection Hotel in Portland, Ore. A fifth-generation hotelier with 17 years experience at the upper end of the industry, Kleisner will steward the new $137 million property.

Cohen Forms Green Assn. for Philadelphia Area Hotels and Restaurants


PHILADELPHIA—Francine Cohen, a one-time corporate art consultant with a passion for protecting the environment, has launched the Philagreen Hospitality Association (PGHA) to help Philadelphia area hoteliers and restaurateurs run greener and more profitable organizations.

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