Minneapolis-based METROCONNECTIONS founder and CEO SAM THOMPSON has announced he will retire from the company effective Dec. 31, 2013. President DAVID GRAVES will assume the role of CEO effective immediately. Thompson will continue to serve MetroConnections in a part-time capacity to assist with the transition through the rest of the 2013 calendar year as well as serve as an ongoing member of the board of directors, the company said. Call 952/767-2907 …

The historic HEATHMAN HOTEL in Portland, Ore., has hired NATHAN CARLSON as senior sales manager. Call 800/551-0011 …

South San Francisco-based CORT EVENT FURNISHINGS has announced the hire of JASON SALMONSON as Western regional area manager for the Las Vegas, Phoenix, Anaheim, San Francisco and Seattle markets …

STEVE PERKINS has joined British event agency CHILLISAUCE to head up the corporate event division. Call 020 7467 1451 …

The Los Angeles showroom of AFR FURNITURE has named RHONDA BOYER account executive, AMANDA GAYED as inside sales coordinator, and DAVID HOUSEWRIGHT as general manager. Call 323/248-8030 …

The COMMONS HOTEL MINNEAPOLIS has hired ROLY CRUZ-TAURA as executive chef. Call 612/379-8888 …

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