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MIAMI—The Miami office of international architecture, planning, engineering, interior design and program management firm LEO A DALY is pleased to announce that its director of architecture, J Beattie, AIA, LEED AP, has been elected co-chair for the Florida Caribbean Regional Council of the U.S. Green Building Council. He has been an active participant of sustainable efforts for many years.
LEXINGTON, MASS.—As general manager of Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ Element hotel in Lexington, Mass., Christopher Hartzell is in an exciting position. The hotel is Starwood’s first Element property, the first one to achieve LEED certification (LEED Gold) and the first hotel in Massachusetts to earn LEED honors. Hartzell is a Starwood veteran, having worked for the company for almost seven years.
AUSTIN, TEXAS—The Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC) announced that Jeff Hiller has been promoted to the position of president of the organization. SFC was founded by Gerry Cooklin in October 2006 as a nonprofit coalition of suppliers, manufacturers, retailers and designers. It was the first of its kind in the industry, and gained the early support of prominent board members.
TORONTO—Demonstrating their commitment to leadership in environmental sustainability, the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) has hired Tonya Lagrasta for the role of sustainability coordinator. Tonya will focus on minimizing the MTCC’s operational footprint by enhancing the several environmental and social initiatives currently in place.
OLD SAYBROOK, CONN.—Stephen Tagliatela, co-owner of the Saybrook Point Inn and Spa, is a strong advocate of measurement and continuous improvement. That approach has paid huge dividends for the Inn & Spa since it opened in 1989. Especially in the last three years, savings through energy and water conservation have been significant.
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.
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.
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