News for the week of Jan. 19, 2015
Colleen O’Shea joined DiLeonardo as director of business development and client services to spearhead the Providence, R.I.-based interior architectural design firm’s presence in the Americas. Prior to joining DiLeonardo, O’Shea managed sales and marketing for Gettys ONE and also spent eight years as part of Hilton Hotels’ development team.
Edelman Leather hired Mark Skerik as president. Skerik was previously marketing director of KnollStudio.
HVS hospitality consulting and services organization hired Simon Tucker Brown as managing director of executive search for Europe and the Middle East. Brown, who most recently served as managing director at Berkeley Scott and head of practice for ISIS Executive Search, is based in London.
Greg Colando joined Calif.-based recycled tile producer Fireclay Tile’s board. Colando is the founder and former president of Interface’s FLOR division.
Arteriors, a Dallas-based lighting, occasional furniture and decorative accessories provider, hired Jim Bindman as vice president of sales for its contract division. Bindman previously spent 23 years with Coronet Lighting, and is the founder and former president of the Rainbow Lamp Corp.
Jason Herthel was promoted to president and chief operating officer of Montage Hotels & Resorts. Herthel most recently served as the management company’s executive vice president of acquisitions, development and strategy.
The Digital Signage Federation (DSF), a non-profit trade organization, elected its 2015 board of directors. Ken Goldberg, ceo of Real Digital Media was elected 2015 chairman while the 2014 chairman, Kimberly Sarubbi, president of Saddle Ranch Digital, will now head the past chairman’s council. Randy Dearborn of MGM Resorts Intl., is moving into the vice chair role, and Richard Ventura of NEC Display Solutions is joining the executive committee as treasurer/secretary.
The eight at-large board of director seats were elected as follows:
*Spencer Graham, West Virginia University (second term)
*Janna Rider, American Dairy Queen Corp. (second term)
*Shaneeka James, Consultant (second term)
*Manolo Almagro, TPN
*Len Dudis, Seaworld Parks & Entertainment
*Mark Geiger, Georgia World Congress Center
*Susan Heller, Thomson Reuters
*Jeff Kent, Cineplex Entertainment
Marriott Intl. said it will open the seven-story AC Hotel Miami Beach in April. The 150-key locale, designed by Miami-based Kobi Karp Architecture, will feature a look inspired by the fashion houses of Milan. The hotelier also announced the opening of the Courtyard by Marriott World Trade Center Abu Dhabi, marking the first Marriott-branded hotel in the city.
Hilton Worldwide opened several Hampton Inn locales, including an 88-key property in Columbus, Miss., and a 78-key hotel in Kalamazoo, Mich. In addition, Hilton Hotels & Resorts opened its first hotel at Munich Airport in Germany. Housing 389 guest rooms, the property is the only hotel providing direct access to the terminal building.
Hyatt Hotels Corp. opened the 284-key Hyatt Regency Istanbul Ataköy in Turkey and a 159-unit Hyatt House locale in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Starwood Capital Group acquired a portfolio of four extended-stay hotels and one residential complex in London for $312 million. The hotels, which were constructed in 2008 but are currently unfinished, will feature about 650 units upon completion. The residential complex will house more than 60 upscale units when finished.
HOK completed its acquisition of Kansas City, Mo.-based 360 Architecture, a design firm specializing in sports, recreation, wellness, entertainment and mixed-use facilities. The firms say the transaction provides immediate benefits to both firms’ clients through the creation of HOK’s new global Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice and expanded capabilities in Kansas City, Columbus and San Francisco.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. signed a deal with New Orleans-based KFK Group to open the Westin Dallas Downtown. The 323-key hotel is slated to debut late this year as part of an adaptive re-use project that will transform the One Main Place mixed-use complex into a lifestyle development.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. and NRG Energy Inc. are teaming to create a solar-power installation at The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection resort in Arizona. Featuring about 2,000 photovoltaic solar panels, the 568 kilowatt installation will offset a portion of the resort’s energy demand—an amount equivalent to the needs of about 90 homes. Starwood and NRG also plan solar installations at The Westin St. John Resort in the U.S. Virgin Islands and The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka’anapali.
The submission deadline for the 2015 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition has been extended to Jan. 23. The competition is open to architects and designers based in North America who have used Italian ceramic or porcelain tile in their residential, institutional and commercial/hospitality projects completed in the past five years. The winner in each category will be awarded $4,000 and a five-day trip to Bologna, Italy, to attend Cersaie, a ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings exhibition. An additional $1,000 will be awarded to the tile contractor/distributor team who worked on each winning project.
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