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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) announced that Wade Davis will be a featured keynote speaker at the upcoming Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference 2008 (ESTC 2008), to be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, from October 27 to 29.
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