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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.

Explorer, Anthropologist Wade Davis to Keynote the ESTC 2008


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.

Diana Beltran Relishes One-of-a-Kind Role with Grand Hyatt New York


NEW YORK—As environmental development manager at the 1,311-room Grand Hyatt New York, Diana Beltran is the only person throughout all of Hyatt Hotels & Resorts to hold that title. For the recent graduate of Florida International University (FIU), it is like a dream job but her responsibilities are immense. She oversees a Green Committee that has 44 managers.

Wyndham Names V.P. of Sustainability & Innovation


PARSIPPANY, N.J.—Wyndham Worldwide, one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, has appointed Faith Taylor as vice president, Sustainability and Innovation. Taylor is responsible for leading the strategic vision and direction of Wyndham Worldwide’s environmental policy and programs while overseeing all key conservation and preservation initiatives.

IHG’s David Jerome Relishes Role as Champion of CSR


WINDSOR, U.K.— Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is something the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) takes seriously. So serious, in fact, that two years ago it appointed David Jerome to lead the company’s efforts as senior vice president for corporate responsibility.

Georg R. Rafael is Recipient of International Hotelier Global Citizen Award


CHICAGO— Georg R. Rafael, managing director of Rafael Group S.A.M., has been named the 2008 recipient of the “International Hotelier Global Citizen” award. Rafael will be honored at the sixth annual International Hotel Conference, which will be held October 15 to 17 at the Cavaleri Hilton in Rome, Italy.

Restaurateurs Latch Onto Michael Oshman’s Green Message


BOSTON—For 18 years now, Michael Oshman has delivered the message of sustainability to restaurateurs. In the last few years, many more people have started to listen to him—even some of the biggest restaurant operators in the country. That is good news for the restaurant industry and good news for the environment.

GLM Names Lynn White as Show Manager of IH/M&RS


WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.—GLM, a dmg world media business, has named Lynn White, a 27-year tradeshow industry veteran, as show manager of the International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show (IH/M&RS). As show manager, White will be responsible for day-to-day direction of the annual hospitality industry tradeshow.

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