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1. Hilton Garden Inn Planned for Former Bus Station -

A Knoxville-based hospitality company has closed on the purchase of the vacant Greyhound facility Downtown and will transform the property into a Hilton Garden Inn.

Turkey Creek Hospitality completed the $1.7 million purchase of the 1.3-acre property Tuesday, March 18, and will bring a 140-room Hilton Garden Inn to the heart of Downtown Memphis. Hank Martin and Elliot Embry with NAI Saig Co. represented Greyhound Lines Inc. in the transaction.

2. Hilton Garden Inn Planned for Former Greyhound Station -

A Knoxville-based hospitality company has closed on the purchase of the vacant Greyhound facility Downtown and will transform the property into a Hilton Garden Inn.

Turkey Creek Hospitality completed the $1.7 million purchase of the 1.3-acre property Tuesday, March 18, and will bring a 140-room Hilton Garden Inn to the heart of Downtown Memphis.

3. Veteran Marketer to Discuss Loyalty at Chamber Lunch -

Chris Malone, a veteran marketer who has worked with organizations such as the NBA and The Coca-Cola Co., will be the featured speaker this month at the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Small Business Council program launch luncheon.

4. Fewer Reservations -

The Memphis hotel market is being classified as somewhat sluggish in 2013 because of slower than anticipated convention traffic, but hotels such as the Memphis Marriott East and Downtown’s Madison Hotel reported busier second halves of the year.

5. New Hotel Planned for Downtown -

Memphis could be getting a new hotel at a prime Downtown location.

Turkey Creek Hospitality has signed a licensing agreement with Hilton Worldwide to develop a 140-room Hilton Garden Inn at 235 Union Ave., the site of a former structured parking facility at the corner of Union and Fourth Street. Knoxville-based Turkey Creek Hospitality would own and operate the new hotel.

6. New Hilton Garden Inn Planned for Downtown -

Memphis could be getting a new hotel at a prime Downtown location.

Turkey Creek Hospitality has signed a licensing agreement with Hilton Worldwide to develop a 140-room Hilton Garden Inn at 235 Union Ave., the site of a former structured parking facility at the corner of Union and Fourth Street. Knoxville-based Turkey Creek Hospitality would own and operate the new hotel.

7. Scartozzi Named Sales Director at Hilton Memphis -

Heidi Scartozzi has joined the Hilton Memphis, managed by Davidson Hotels & Resorts, as director of sales. Scartozzi is a 15-year hospitality veteran, most recently serving as a regional director of sales for JQH Hotels and Resorts, servicing 13 hotels on the West Coast.

8. US Businesses Boost Hiring Despite the Shutdown -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy may be sturdier than many had assumed.

Employers added a surprisingly strong 204,000 jobs in October despite the 16-day government shutdown, the Labor Department said Friday. And they did a lot more hiring in August and September than previously thought.

9. Room Service -

Hilton Worldwide celebrates its second Global Week of Service this week, and more than 700 Hilton employees are working locally on community involvement projects, such as this year’s signature event at the Pilgrim’s Rest housing facility, 747 Court Ave.

10. Home2 Suites by Hilton Opens in Southaven -

Home2 Suites by Hilton has opened a new all-suites hotel in Southaven.

The Hilton Worldwide brand caters to business travelers and extended stay guests. The four-story, 105-suite hotel is located at 6750 Southcrest Parkway, strategically located near local attractions and business destinations, including Southaven Towne Center, Snowden Grove Amphitheatre and Snowden Grove Park, Downtown Memphis and Graceland. The property is owned by Cohen Realty Inc. and is managed by Vista Host Inc.

11. Home2 Suites by Hilton Opens in Southaven -

Home2 Suites by Hilton has opened a new all-suites hotel in Southaven.

The Hilton Worldwide brand caters to business travelers and extended stay guests. The four-story, 105-suite hotel is located at 6750 Southcrest Parkway, strategically located near local attractions and business destinations, including Southaven Towne Center, Snowden Grove Amphitheatre and Snowden Grove Park, Downtown Memphis and Graceland. The property is owned by Cohen Realty Inc. and is managed by Vista Host Inc.

12. Hilton Worldwide Plans to Raise $1.25 Billion From IPO -

NEW YORK (AP) – Hotel operator Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. plans to raise $1.25 billion from an initial public offering of its common stock.

13. Sullivan Travels Globe for Hilton -

Sullivan Branding literally goes around the world for clients. Eric Melkent, executive vice president of brand development with Sullivan, along with account planner Kate Cooke, got back a few days ago from a globe-spanning trip to Shanghai and Orlando as part of their work with Hilton Worldwide luxury brands.

14. Davene Specializes in Helping Companies Reward Employees -

Corporations have a new reason to say “thank you” to dedicated employees – for sticking with them through the Great Recession.

One company – Davene Inc. – hopes to help businesses recognize high-achieving employees in ways they might not have been able to in the last few years.

15. New School Media Blends Film, Music Into ‘Funky’ -

In 2007, Sean Faust and business partner Brad Ellis came together with Memphis music icon Doug Easley to create a company offering full-service audio and video recording and mixing services.

16. U of M Files Permit for New Residence -

3615 Central Ave. Memphis, TN 38111

Permit Cost: $43.5 million

Project Cost: $53 million

17. Carey Watermark Investors Buys Beale Hampton Inn -

The new owner of the Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis-Beale Street at 175 Peabody Place Downtown, has filed a $22.5 million loan on the property after acquiring the 144-room hotel.

18. Memphis Hotel & Lodging Association Elects 2013 Officers -

The Metropolitan Memphis Hotel & Lodging Association recently elected its slate of officers to serve in 2013, and the group now ramps up for a busy year, including the 14th annual MMHLA Lodging Industry Update on Feb. 22 at the Hilton Memphis.

19. Cooper Hotels Promotes Harrop to General Manager -

Hotel development and management company Cooper Hotels has promoted Kurt Harrop to general manager of the DoubleTree by Hilton Memphis.

Harrop brings more than 23 years of industry experience, most recently six years as food and beverage director of the 266-room hotel. In his former position he was responsible for all food and beverage services including catering and the hotel’s Lynchburg Legends Bar & Grill. Prior to that he served in management positions with Radisson Hotels and Choice Hotels.

20. Cooper Hotels Promotes Harrop to General Manager -

Hotel development and management company Cooper Hotels has promoted Kurt Harrop to general manager of the DoubleTree by Hilton Memphis.

Harrop brings more than 23 years of industry experience, most recently six years as food and beverage director of the 266-room hotel. In his former position he was responsible for all food and beverage services including catering and the hotel’s Lynchburg Legends Bar & Grill. Prior to that he served in management positions with Radisson Hotels and Choice Hotels.

21. Delek Buys Lion Oil Facility for $6.4 Million -

1023 Riverside Drive Memphis, TN 38106

Sale Amount: $6.4 million

Sale Date: Nov. 7, 2012

22. Owner Files $10 Million Loan on DoubleTree Hotel -

GP Memphis LP has filed a $10 million loan through Goldman Sachs Mortgage Co. on the DoubleTree by Hilton Memphis hotel at 5069 Sanderlin Ave. in East Memphis.

23. Hilton Developer Granted Closing Extension -

Developers of the Downtown Memphis Hilton Hotel project were granted a one-year closing extension from the Memphis Center City Revenue Finance Corp. board Tuesday, Oct. 9.

24. Hilton Developer Granted Closing Extension -

Developers of the Downtown Memphis Hilton Hotel project were granted a one-year closing extension from the Memphis Center City Revenue Finance Corp. board Tuesday, Oct. 9.

25. Hotel Developer to Seek Extension From CCRFC -

RPD Hotels LLC, the developer of Downtown Memphis Hilton Hotel project, is preparing to go before the Memphis Center City Revenue Finance Corp. seeking a one-year closing extension of its previously approved 20-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes.

26. Graffam Makes Dream a Reality With Creation of Simple Focus -

When JD Graffam branched off on his own to start a user experience and Web design firm in August 2009, it wasn’t just a bold business move in a down economy, it was seeing a pipe dream to the finish line.

27. Motel 6 Being Sold to Private Group for $1.9B -

NEW YORK (AP) – French hotel company Accor SA is checking out of Motel 6 and a prominent U.S. investment firm is moving in.

Accor said Tuesday that it reached a deal to sell the U.S. motel company, including its extended-stay chain Studio 6, to The Blackstone Group LP for $1.9 billion.

28. Room Service -

The good news for the local hotel industry is that last year notched the most rooms ever sold on a daily basis with 4.8 million – 115,628 more than 2010 and 76,780 more than the previous high set in 2007.

29. Org Asks What Memphis is Reading -

Literacy Mid-South has kicked off a Twitter campaign to get Memphians talking about their favorite books.

“What are you reading, Memphis?” encourages people to tweet about books they’re reading, using the hashtag #ReadMemphis.

30. Davidson Hotels Relocating to Atlanta -

Officials with Davidson Hotels & Resorts, one of the nation’s largest independent hotel management companies, announced Monday, Oct. 17, the company will relocate its headquarters from Memphis to Atlanta.

31. Davidson Hotels Relocating to Atlanta -

Officials with Davidson Hotels & Resorts, one of the nation’s largest independent hotel management companies, announced Monday, Oct. 17, the company will relocate its headquarters from Memphis to Atlanta.

32. Turley Joins Red Door As Director of Client Relations -

Gretchen Gassner Turley has joined Red Door Wealth Management as director of client relations, a newly created position.

Hometown: Memphis

Education: Bachelor of Arts in psychology, Rhodes College

33. Sony, Epsilon Execs Support Data Breach Bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Top executives from Sony and online marketing firm Epsilon told lawmakers Thursday that they support federal legislation that would require companies to promptly notify consumers if their personal information is stolen or exposed by a data breach.

34. Special Coverage: Mid-South Flooding -

Coverage of the rising waters in the Memphis area

Shuttle Prep Made For Barbecue Fest Attendees
Following Monday’s announcement that the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest is moving from Tom Lee Park to Tiger Lane at the Mid-South Fairgrounds, the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau is busy making preparations for shuttle services to accommodate out-of-town attendees and teams staying in Downtown hotels.
The dates of the event will remain the same, May 12 to 14. All other aspects of the event, but the location, will be as scheduled.
Low-cost transportation will run on a continual loop from four Downtown locations to the barbecue contest from late Wednesday afternoon through Saturday evening. The shuttle locations are not yet decided but will be hotel-centric.
“We hear your requests and will definitely make our best efforts to accommodate everyone,” the Memphis In May website reads.
“We are working on shuttle transportation for those of you staying Downtown.”
For more information, visit www.memphisinmay.org.

35. Social Media Opens New World of Business -

Feedback is not like it used to be, says Shauna Wright. There was a time when a bad experience with a company meant telling a neighbor or a few friends, but in today’s ever-shrinking world, those friends can be a thousand miles away and number in the hundreds.

36. MLGW Board Approves Vaughn’s New Roles -

The Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division board of commissioners has approved the selection of Lashell Vaughn as MLGW’s vice president and chief technology officer.

Vaughn most recently served as the senior director of information technology for Hilton Worldwide, where she also held the position of vice president of information technology.

37. Hotel Turnaround -

Memphis’ lodging industry officials might be breathing a sigh of relief, as the worst of the hotel industry’s slump seems to be in the rearview mirror.

The feeling coming out of this month’s annual Metropolitan Memphis Hotel and Lodging Association industry update is optimism for a strong 2011, buoyed by increased demand and a lack of new construction.

38. Hilton Opening First New Brand in 20 Years -

MEMPHIS (AP) – Hilton is launching its first new hotel brand in 20 years.

With Thursday's scheduled opening of the first Home2 Suites in Fayetteville, N.C., Hilton Worldwide is venturing into a mid-tier extended stay market that remains relatively competitive amid a slowly recovering economy.

39. Hampton Hotels Honored by Entrepreneur Magazine -

A Memphis-based hotel brand has achieved a top franchise ranking by Entrepreneur Magazine.

Hampton Hotels, part of the Hilton Worldwide portfolio of brands, announced it’s the first hotel brand ever to be ranked Number One in Entrepreneur Magazine’s annual Franchise 500 ranking of franchises.

40. Projects Seeking IDB OK Need More Time -

All of the items on the Memphis-Shelby County Industrial Development Board’s special meeting Friday were lacking one major detail: time.

The board granted U.S. Foodservice Inc. more time for the presentation of its seven-year, $14.3 million payment-in-lieu-of-taxes request for expanding a distribution warehouse it now leases a portion of at 5900 E. Holmes Road.

41. More Time Needed for Projects Seeking IDB Approval -

All of the items on the Memphis-Shelby County Industrial Development Board’s special meeting Friday were lacking one major detail: time.

The board granted U.S. Foodservice Inc. more time for the presentation of its seven-year, $14.3 million payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) request for expanding a distribution warehouse it now leases a portion of at 5900 E. Holmes Road.

42. IDB to Consider $14.3M PILOT for US Foodservice -

The Memphis-Shelby County Industrial Development Board will consider a seven-year, $14.3 million payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) Friday for a Hickory Hill distribution facility.

Friday’s special meeting will also include an update on two projects still in the running for the $42.5 million of Federal Recovery Zone Facility Bonds allocated to the city and county governments.

43. US Foodservice Seeks $14.3M PILOT for Expansion -

U.S. Foodservice Inc. is considering buying and expanding its Hickory Hill distribution facility.

The company that markets and distributes more than 30,000 brand items from its warehouse at 5900 East Holmes Road is applying for a seven-year, $14.3 million payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) program that would save the company $2.1 million in real and personal city and county taxes.

44. City Council Kills Nondiscrimination Ordinance -

With no debate or discussion, a nondiscrimination ordinance for city government died on the second of three readings.

The Memphis City Council voted down the proposal, which would have banned city government from discriminating in hiring and employment on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. It got six votes, one short of the seven necessary to pass, on second reading.

45. Council Wants Mediation of MCS Funding Dispute -

Mediation is the latest direction in a complex school funding morass that is getting more complex by the day.

Memphis City Council members Tuesday voted to have their attorney file a motion in Chancery Court seeking non-binding mediation on how and how much the city should pay the Memphis City Schools (MCS) system in a two-year funding dispute.

46. School Funding Mediation on Table for Council -

As Memphis City Council members close out the third year of their current four-year term of office, the 13-member body continues to deal with the fallout from one of the first major actions the council approved.

47. IDB Gives Riviana Green Light -

Riviana Foods Inc. told the Memphis-Shelby County Industrial Development Board Wednesday it plans to expand its rice product line, add 22 jobs and invest more than $10 million in its South Memphis manufacturing facility.

48. Riviana Gets IDB Green Light -

Riviana Foods announced a shift in investment for its business model to the Memphis- Shelby County Industrial Development Board Wednesday.

The board approved both Riviana’s additional one-year ramp-up request and the seven-year tax abatement period for its recently consolidated manufacturing and processing facility at 2314 S. Lauderdale St.

49. Cargill $72 M PILOT Gets IDB Green Light -

The Industrial Development Board of Memphis and Shelby County has unanimously granted Cargill Inc. a $72 million retention payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) to renovate and expand its Presidents Island corn-milling facility.

50. SoFo Hotel Awarded 20-Year Tax Freeze -

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. has awarded a tax freeze to developers planning an 11-story, roughly 300-room hotel across from FedExForum that will save the project more than $15 million in taxes.

51. SoFo Hotel Awarded 20-Year Tax Freeze -

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. has awarded a tax freeze to developers planning an 11-story, roughly 300-room hotel across from FedExForum that will save the project more than $15 million in taxes.

52. Corporations See Added Value in Volunteer Hours -

The value of a corporate dollar may have seen some decreases in the last few years, but the value of a corporate hour – a volunteer hour that is – is going up.

In 2009 one volunteer hour was equal to $19.51 in labor value, up from $17.55 in 2005, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In 2009 the Independent Sector, a coalition of national charities, raised the figure to $20.85.

53. IDB Approves $45 Million For Downtown Hilton -

A luxury hotel planned for the corner of Linden Avenue and Fourth Street got a big boost this week with the approval of $45 million in taxable revenue bonds from the Industrial Development Board.

The hotel, which will be branded a Hilton, is a key part of the Triangle Noir development plan for the area south of FedExForum and into South Memphis.

54. IDB Approves $45M in Revenue Bonds for Downtown Hilton -

The Royal Phoenix Hotel project won approval of $45 million in taxable revenue bonds Wednesday afternoon from the Industrial Development Board.

The hotel, which will be branded a Hilton, is a key part of the Triangle Noir development plan for the area south of FedExForum and into South Memphis. The hotel, owned by RPD Hotels LLC, will be financed with a combination of those bonds as well as $7 million in Recovery Zone Facility Bonds awarded earlier by the city.

55. IDB to Consider Trio of Requests -

The Memphis-Shelby County Industrial Development Board is scheduled to take action today on three industrial revenue bond requests, two of which are new and one of which is an amendment to an existing PILOT (payment-in-lieu-of-taxes).

56. $17.5M in Projects Approved by IDB -

A bottling plant, a luxury hotel and a research laboratory will soon see a combined $17.5 million in funding that Shelby County received through federal stimulus recovery zone facility bonds.

The stage is now set for an additional six projects to receive money through the program if the state reallocates unused funds to the area from other counties.

57. Crews Buys Collierville Hampton -

1280 W. Poplar Ave.
Collierville, TN 38017
Sale Amount: $5.1 Million

Sale Date: May 11, 2010
Buyer: SGR LLC
Seller: Collierville Hotels GP
Loan Amount: $3.8 million
Loan Date: May 11, 2010
Maturity Date: May 11, 2015
Lender: First Citizens National Bank

58. Crews Buys Collierville Hampton Inn for $5.1M -

An entity called SGR LLC, whose principal is Jason Crews, has bought the Hampton Inn at 1280 W. Poplar Ave. in Collierville for $5.1 million from Collierville Hotels GP. The sale closed May 11.

59. Room Service a Big Business For High-Class Hotel Restaurants -

Among the more satisfying occasions in life is ordering room service at a fine hotel. The luxury of sitting in a fleecy robe and eating a breakfast delivered to your door, or possibly arriving late at night after restaurants are closed, are surely signs of a civilized world.

60. Mortgage Originator Not Consumed by Industry Woes -

The road Sam Goff took to his current position as mortgage originator at Evolve Bank and Trust has been a long and winding one, to say the least.

61. Raynor Brings In-House Hospitality Experience To Burch, Porter & Johnson -

Ted C. Raynor recently joined Burch, Porter & Johnson PLLC, bringing extensive experience in the hospitality industry to the firm.

62. Furniture Designer Opens First Outlet Store in Memphis -

Mid-South shoppers can now buy at discount prices the intricately crafted furniture Amy Howard creates for dignitaries, celebrities and five-star hotels.

63. Baldwin Joins Visible School As Department Chair, Professor -

George Baldwin has been hired by Visible School as department chair and assistant professor of music business ministry and audio production.

64. City Council Denies The Iris Motel Ownership -

Memphis City Council members refused this week to approve a waiver permitting new ownership of The Iris Motel at 1950 Elvis Presley Blvd.

The 1-12 vote came after the new owner, who didn’t give his full name, denied it would remain what it has been for decades – an hourly rate motel. He also said he had made $250,000 worth of improvements to the property.

65. ISM: US Service Economy Shrinks More Slowly in May -

NEW YORK (AP) – The U.S. service sector shrank last month at the slowest pace since late last year and orders to U.S. factory orders rose in April, but the improvements were incremental and economists say a real recovery will be long and slow.

66. Six Independent AIG Directors to Stand for Election -

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Embattled insurer American International Group Inc. said Tuesday it will reconfigure its board to include six new independent directors.

67. Companies Help With Inner-City Baseball Fields -

Hilton Hotels Corp., Pride Construction and KMPG have partnered to help with the Memphis Redbirds’ “Returning Baseball to the Inner City” program.

68. Starwood Hotels Accuses Hilton of Stealing Secrets -

NEW YORK (AP) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. is suing Hilton Hotels Corp. and two of its executives, saying its rival stole secrets about Starwood's luxury brands.

69. Hilton Hotels Signs HQ Lease in Tysons Corner -

McLEAN, Va. (AP) - Hilton Hotels Corp. has announced that its new headquarters will be in the Tysons Corner section of Fairfax County.

70. Services Sector Shrinks For Fifth Straight Month -

A private measure of the services sector shrank in February for the fifth straight month as layoffs mounted, the recession deepened and the outlook for any recovery this year grew darker.

The Institute for Supply Management, a Tempe, Ariz.-based trade group of purchasing executives, reported Wednesday that its services index fell to 41.6 last month from 42.9 in

71. Hilton to Move Part of HQ to Memphis -

More than 100 jobs could be on the way to Memphis, as Beverly Hills, Calif.-based Hilton Hotel Corp. has said it will move part of its corporate headquarters to Memphis, the Commercial Appeal reported Thursday.

72. Hilton Hotels Donates $10,000 to Agape -

Hilton Hotels Corp. has donated $10,000 to Agape Child & Family Services’ Families in Transition program, which serves pregnant, homeless women and their children.

73. Downtown Market Study Mostly Favorable -

At more than 90 pages long, a new market study prepared by a pair of research firms provides a look at Downtown Memphis by the numbers.

In some respects, the numbers are encouraging, and the Center City Commission’s board of directors got their own look at the study last week.

74. Embassy Suites Opens First Alaska Property -

Memphis-based Embassy Suites Hotels has made its debut in Alaska with the recent opening of Embassy Suites Anchorage near the city’s Ted Stevens International Airport.

The hotel joins three other Hilton Family hotels already in Anchorage: The Hilton Garden Inn-Anchorage, Homewood Suites by Hilton-Anchorage and the Hampton Inn Anchorage.

75. Events -

The Bartlett United Methodist Church will host its annual Spring Crafts Fair today and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the church, 5676 Stage Road. For more information, call 386-4563.

The Memphis Bar Association Access to Justice Committee will hold its monthly free Saturday Legal Clinic Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2450 St. Elmo Ave. To volunteer as an attorney for the clinic or to find out more information for attendees, e-mail Linda Seely at lseely@malsi.org.

76. Service Sector Contracts for First Time in Nearly 5 Years -

NEW YORK (AP) - For the first time in almost five years, the nation's services sector - including restaurants, travel, banking, construction and retail - contracted in January, stoking rising worries of a recession.

77. Breaking the Mold -

Large transactions involving apartment complexes and hotels dominated Shelby County's commercial real estate landscape in 2007, a year that saw increased sales amid an overwhelming economic slowdown.

78. Davidson Hotel Names ClaytonSenior VP for Administration -      Davidson Hotel Co. has named Robert J. Clayton to its senior vice president of human resources and administration post. Clayton will oversee the development of systems for recruiting, training and retaining employees, co

79. Embassy Suites LaunchesEuropean-Style Restaurants -      Embassy Suites Hotels is launching a new hotel restaurant concept, Flying Spoons. Flying Spoons juxtaposes the
     atmosphere of European-style cafés with those of American coffeehouses, fa

80. Best Western Seeks to Enter Business Travel Market -

NEW YORK (Dow Jones/AP) - Best Western International aims to be a new competitor in lodging for business travel with a new prototype dubbed "Atria."

It's a new direction for Best Western, known for catering to mainly leisure travelers in the mid-scale market. And, the new prototype comes at a time when there is increasing competition to customize offerings for business travelers, who continue to be a core client base for the hotel industry.

81. Davidson Hotel Co.Lands Florida Property -      Memphis-based Davidson Hotel Co. has signed a management agreement to operate the 256-room, 10-story Hilton Pompano Beach Resort, set to break ground in January, the company announced Thursday.
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82. COGIC, Area Hotels LLCBreak Ground on Hilton -      The Church of God in Christ and hotel development company Area Hotels LLC broke ground Thursday on a Hilton Garden Inn at the southwest corner of Second Street and Linden Avenue near the site of the Chisca Hotel.
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83. Hilton Hotels Shareholders Approve Company's Sale for $20.1B to Blackstone Group -

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hilton Hotels Corp. shareholders overwhelmingly approved the company's $20.1 billion sale to The Blackstone Group LP, the hotel operator said Tuesday.

More than 98 percent of votes cast at a special shareholder's meeting held at the Beverly Hilton hotel favored the buyout, the company said.

84. Davidson Hotel Co.To Manage Maryland Westin -      Davidson Hotel Co. will manage the recently opened 225-room Westin Annapolis in Maryland, the anchor property of a $250 million mixed-use development that includes office and retail space, restaurants and 208 luxury cond

85. Blackstone Cements StatusWith Hilton Purchase -      Fresh off a $4.1 billion initial public offering, private-equity house Blackstone Group solidified its position as a power to reckon with on Wall Street with a multibillion dollar deal that gives the company control over

86. UTHSC's Netland Honored by American Academy of Ophthalmology -

Dr. Peter A. Netland will receive the Senior Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology at its annual conference this fall.

Netland, a Siegal Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), is the director of the Glaucoma Service and vice chair for academic affairs for the UTHSC Department of Ophthalmology. He is also the site leader in Memphis for the Congressional Glaucoma Caucus.

87. Enhancing a Landmark -

With its 30th birthday less than two years away, the Hilton Memphis' new owners are making sure the iconic hotel ages gracefully.

Built in 1979, this East Memphis landmark is undergoing yet another renovation, this one an $8 million, four-year process courtesy of Davidson Hotel Co., the Memphis-based company that bought the 405-room building in May for $45 million.

88. Archived Article -

5668 Poplar Ave. and
1000 S. Yates Road
Sale Amounts: $23.9 million; $350,000

Sale Date: May 22, 2007

89. Archived Article -

15 buildings in
Bartlett Industrial Park
Sale Amounts: $20.7 million; $9.4 million; $2.9 million; $1.5 million; and $1.2 million

Sale Date: May 17, 2007

90. Homewood Suites-PoplarSells for $9.3 Million -      A Richmond, Va.-based real estate investment trust (REIT) has bought the Homewood Suites by Hilton Memphis-Poplar for $9.3 million.
     Apple Seven Hospitality Ownership Inc. bought the 140-

91. Hilton MemphisSells For $45 Million -      The 405-room Hilton Memphis at 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. has sold for $45 million.
     The sale closed last week.
     Sale deeds list the buyer as RBD Memphis LLC a

92. Davidson Hotel Co. To Manage Virginia Sheraton -      Davidson Hotel Co. Inc. has signed a long-term contract to manage the 194-room Sheraton Park South in Richmond, Va., which recently was acquired by Apollo Real Estate Advisors' Value Enhancement Fund VI and a private inv

93. Booking It -

It's the kind of task for which Memphis-based Resource Entertainment Group, a venue management and entertainment consulting company, seems perfectly suited.

REG, which has booked concerts for major acts such as Ludacris, Harry Connick Jr. and Elton John over the years, has signed a contract with the Gibson Lounge to become the venue's exclusive rental agent.

94. Businesses, Individuals Getting Hands On at Servathon -      Joyce McKinney knows the value of serving the community. It's something she wants her co-workers at Tunica's Gold Strike Casino to know as well.
     McKinney, who joined Gold Strike in Septe

95. Hotel Business Booms in DeSoto -

If you build them, people will come.

Perhaps the hotel business in a growing market can't be summed up quite so succinctly, but so far it's been true in DeSoto County. New hotels continue to sprout - and guests continue to fill the rooms.

96. Hampton Hotels on PaceFor Record Openings -      Hampton Hotels announced Wednesday the company is on pace to open a record 140-plus hotels in 2007, surpassing its previous record of 127 openings, set in 1998.
     Development interest in

97. Davidson Hotel Acquires Stamford Holiday Inn In Joint Venture -      Memphis-based Davidson Hotel Co. Inc. and Ohio-based RockBridge Capital LLC have announced a joint-venture acquisition of the 380-room Stamford Holiday Inn Downtown in Stamford, Conn., from FelCor Lodging Trust Inc. for

98. Memphis-based Davidson HotelBuys Houston Hotel in Joint Venture -      Memphis-based Davidson Hotel Co. has entered into a joint venture with The Carlyle Group to buy the Sofitel Houston Hotel from Accor Worldwide of Paris, France, for an undisclosed amount.
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99. Running Pony Productions, Other Companies Ride HD Digital Revolution -

Mike Mallott says he believes success is in the details.

So when Mallott, director of brand training for Beverly Hills, Calif.-based Hilton Corp., which has corporate headquarters in Memphis, recently began planning the production of a training video, he knew it was important to use the very latest video technology and that meant using high-definition (HD) video.

100. Gerard Appointed Administrator at Methodist Cancer Center -

Dr. Dava F. Gerard has been appointed administrator for the Methodist Healthcare Cancer Center. She previously was the founding vice president and chief operating officer of the Nevada Cancer Institute in Las Vegas.