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February 26, 2016

PEOPLE ON THE MOVE



- Industry Leader Pete Cavanagh Joins Merchant Link as Vice President of Channel Sales
- Alyssa Sanders Joins RoamBOOST as West Coast Regional VP of Sales
- The Rainmaker Group Taps Dom Beveridge as Executive Vice President of Demand Generation
- Hotel Internet Services Appoints Hospitality Technology Executive Carl Wilson as Board Member
- Vizergy’s Director of IT Awarded Membership to Exclusive Technology Group
- OpenKey Hires Two Senior Executives to Expand its Management Team
- Hyatt Hotels Corporation Announces Patrick J. Grismer as Chief Financial Officer
- And more People on the Move...
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Industry Leader Pete Cavanagh Joins Merchant Link as Vice President of Channel Sales
Merchant Link, a leading provider of payment gateway and data security solutions, announced that Pete Cavanagh, former Oracle sales director,has joined Merchant Link to build out Merchant Link’s channel sales group. Cavanagh will be responsible for not only building out the sales team, but for channel management, strategic account sales, national/regional sales client consulting and product education for channel partners.
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Alyssa Sanders Joins RoamBOOST as West Coast Regional VP of Sales
Alyssa Sanders joins RoamBOOST, hospitality’s leading provider of scalable Distributed Antenna Systems, as the company’s west coast regional vice president of sales. In her new role, Sanders will introduce the RoamBOOST DAS to hotels plagued with cellular phone service challenges.
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The Rainmaker Group Taps Dom Beveridge as Executive Vice President of Demand Generation
Dom Beveridge is the new executive vice president of demand generation for The Rainmaker Group. The former general manager of Rainmaker’s Multifamily Data Exchange (MDX), Beveridge brings to his role nearly 20 years of experience in market analytics, pricing and revenue management across a variety of industries.
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Hotel Internet Services Appoints Hospitality Technology Executive Carl Wilson as Board Member
Hotel Internet Services (HIS) has announced the addition of Carl Wilson to its board of directors. Wilson is a recognized business leader whose career spans more than four decades leading corporations such as Georgia-Pacific and Pillsbury. From 1997 to 2011, he served as executive vice president and global CIO of Marriott International, Inc.
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Vizergy’s Director of IT Awarded Membership to Exclusive Technology Group
Vizergy, a leading provider in online hospitality marketing, announced its director of IT, Eric Miller, as one of the more than 100 Nutanix Technology Champions across the globe. As a Nutanix Technology Champion, Miller is a part of a group of IT professionals committed to expanding their knowledge, strengthening their brands and becoming thought leaders in the enterprise cloud. 
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OpenKey Hires Two Senior Executives to Expand its Management Team
OpenKey, provider of keyless mobile entry solutions, announced the addition of two key members to its senior management team: Ryan Douglas as OpenKey's vice president of operations and Brian Shedd as vice president of sales and marketing.
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Hyatt Hotels Corporation Announces Patrick J. Grismer as Chief Financial Officer
Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced the selection of Patrick J. Grismer as chief financial officer, reporting to Mark Hoplamazian, president and chief executive officer, effective March 14, 2016. In this role, Grismer will be responsible for all aspects of the finance function, while serving as a key business partner in achieving the company’s strategic growth initiatives.
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HotelsByDay Adds Hospitality Digital Sales and Marketing Executive Anupam Agarwal to Board of Advisors
HotelsByDay announced the recent addition of hospitality and digital sales and marketing expert Anupam Agarwal to its board of advisors. Agarwal was most recently SVP global sales strategy and operations at Starwood Hotels & Resorts. He will be joining hospitality industry consultant John Burns; CEO of Intelligent Hotels Jeffrey Osborne; CEO of Adlift Prashant Puri; and IP and legal professional Keth Ditthavong on the HotelsByDay board of advisors. HotelsByDay is a fast-growing day-use hotel-booking website where travelers can reserve hotel rooms at competitive prices in major cities across the globe for the day.
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Robert Mandelbaum Selected as 2016 Cornell Hotel Society President
The School of Hotel Administration (SHA) at Cornell University announced that Robert Mandelbaum is the new president of the Cornell Hotel Society (CHS) for 2016. Mandelbaum will lead the executive board of CHS, the 87-year-old alumni association that represents SHA graduates in more than 53 active chapters worldwide.
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DHISCO Content Expert Anne Cole Appointed to HEDNA Board
DHISCO, a leading hospitality distribution company, announced that its vice president for content, Anne Cole, has been elected to the board of the Hotel Electronic Distribution Network Association, or HEDNA, the industry’s global forum for advancing hospitality distribution through collaboration and knowledge sharing.
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IHG Appoints Yvette Peverell as Director of Communications - Australasia and Japan
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has appointed Yvette Peverell to the role of director of communications - Australasia and Japan, in readiness for IHG's anticipated expansion in the region. Yvette joins COO Karin Sheppard's leadership team as the region's senior communications counsel and will be based at the Sydney office.
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Marcus® Hotels & Resorts Names Susan Terry Vice President of Culinary and Food and Beverage Operations
Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, a nationally recognized hotel management company and division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS), announced leadership appointments including the addition of Susan Terry as vice president of culinary and food and beverage operations. Ms. Terry will oversee the company's food and beverage operations including catering, banquets and more than 40 signature restaurants, bars and lounges across 19 properties.
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Cachet Hotel Group Announces Two New Members of Americas Executive Team
Cachet Hotel Group (CHG) announced today the opening of its new office in Los Angeles, Calif., along with the appointment of a new leadership team, demonstrating its commitment to expanding in the Americas. Meredith Gelacak joins CHG in a newly created position, as president of hotel operations - Americas, reporting to CEO Alexander Mirza. Yvonne Choi has been promoted to chief development officer - Americas and global head of residential.
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Silverwest Hotels Appoints David Thorpe New Managing Director of Design and Construction
Silverwest Hotels LLC, a Denver-based investment and management company, announced the appointment of David Thorpe as managing director of design and construction. In his new role, Thorpe will be responsible for overseeing Silverwest’s nearly $40 million of renovation work currently underway at the company’s various hotel properties.
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Room Mate Hotels Appoints Felip Boyero New Managing Director of the Americas
In an effort to further support its expansion in North and Latin America, Room Mate Hotels has appointed Felip Boyero Managing Director of the Americas and launched its first headquarters for the region in Miami, Fla.
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Gansevoort Hotel Group Names Gemma Keating Corporate Director of Sales
Gansevoort Hotel Group announced the appointment of Gemma Keating as corporate director of sales. Keating will play an integral role in managing all sales and coordinating all marketing and public relations initiatives for Gansevoort Hotel Group’s portfolio of properties including Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC, Gansevoort Park Avenue NYC, Gansevoort Turks + Caicos and Gansevoort Dominican Republic.
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Joseph Klam Named Executive Vice President of Financial Services for HHM
HHM announced that Joseph Klam has been named executive vice president of financial services and a member of the hotel management company’s executive leadership team. Klam, a 40-year hospitality veteran, will bolster HHM’s finance and accounting platform during a period of rapid growth in the company’s management of full service, independent and resort properties. He will lead the company’s accounting, banking and finance capabilities.
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