LodgeNet Adds Experience, Proven Performance to Hospitality Sales Team

Newly Hired Positions Include Mid-Atlantic and Mid-West Regional Managers And Company's First-Ever Las Vegas Based Gaming Specialist

Mar 14, 2011, 14:00 ET from LodgeNet Interactive Corporation

SIOUX FALLS, S.D., March 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- LodgeNet Interactive Corporation (Nasdaq: LNET), the leading provider of media and connectivity solutions to hospitality and healthcare businesses, today announced the addition of three sales veterans as part of the recent restructuring of its Hospitality Solutions Sales organization:  

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  • Michael Bennett, Director of Sales, comes to LodgeNet from Hospitality Network, where he headed up major account sales and led the development and launch of sales and product initiatives focused on gaming properties in Las Vegas, Atlantic City and the Bahamas. While with Hospitality Network, Mr. Bennett oversaw that company's significant growth in gaming markets. As LodgeNet's first ever Las Vegas based sales executive, Mr. Bennett will be responsible for growing the company's presence in gaming markets.
  • John Froland, Regional Sales Manager, was most recently with the Hospitality Sales division of Sharp Electronics Corporation, where he helped secure over 50% of that company's Hospitality Market base. Before Sharp, Mr. Froland spent 15 years with On Command Corporation, during which he was a nine-time top annual sales performer and was instrumental in securing long-term agreements with Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree Hotels, and Starwood Lodging Corporation. Mr. Froland is based in Memphis and is in charge of the Mid-Atlantic Region.
  • Tom Hart, Regional Sales Manager, also joins LodgeNet from Sharp Electronics Corporation, where his efforts in the Hospitality Sales division drove a nearly 20% increase in sales revenues for the Western Region. Prior to his tenure with Sharp, Mr. Hart spent more than six years with On Command Corporation, where he managed relationships with nearly 60 clients representing 100,000 guest rooms while contributing to product initiatives in digital television, HDTV and Internet services. Mr. Hart is based in Denver and is in charge of the Mid-West Region.

"The addition of these proven professionals brings LodgeNet a unique blend of hospitality and technology expertise unsurpassed by any company in our space," said David Goldstone, Vice President Sales & Hotel Relations for LodgeNet. "The breadth of knowledge and perspective now represented by our Hospitality Solutions team is truly exceptional, and will help us provide more responsive service and better targeted solutions to our customers."

About LodgeNet

LodgeNet Interactive Corporation is the leading provider of media and connectivity solutions designed to meet the unique needs of hospitality, healthcare and other guest-based businesses. LodgeNet Interactive serves approximately 1.8 million hotel rooms worldwide in addition to healthcare facilities throughout the United States. The Company's services include: Interactive Television Solutions, Broadband Internet Solutions, Content Solutions, Professional Solutions and Advertising Media Solutions. LodgeNet Interactive Corporation owns and operates businesses under the industry leading brands: LodgeNet, LodgeNetRX, and The Hotel Networks. LodgeNet Interactive is listed on NASDAQ and trades under the symbol LNET. For more information, please visit www.lodgenet.com.

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