HMSHost Corp. Delivers Famous Famiglia Pizza

By Michael S. Rosenwald
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, October 19, 2006

HMSHost Corp., a Bethesda company that operates dining and shopping operations in airports and motorway travel plazas, is forming a new partnership with Famous Famiglia, a well-known New York pizza restaurant.

HMSHost is bringing Famous Famiglia -- the official pizza of the New York Yankees -- to four airports and three motorways, including the Pennsylvania Turnpike, the New Jersey Turnpike and the New York State Thruway.

The pizza shop is family owned and has more than 60 locations nationwide. Besides pizza, travelers will be able to dine on pasta, calzones and strombolis. For the health conscious: salads.

HMSHost has partnership agreements with food retailers including Starbucks, California Pizza Kitchen, Outback Steakhouse, Sbarro and Wolfgang Puck Express. The company recently opened a Phillips Famous Seafood Express at the Maryland House plaza on Interstate 95.

Formerly known as Host Marriott Services, HMSHost operates in more than 80 airports around the world, including 18 of the 20 busiest airports in North America. The company's annual sales top $2 billion.

New Face at Avalon

Avalon Pharmaceuticals Inc., a Gaithersburg drug company, has added David Kabakoff to its board of directors.

Kabakoff is currently president and chief executive of Strategy Advisors, a company he established to provide strategic advice to life-science companies. He was previously the chairman and chief executive of Salmedix Inc., a biotech company that was developing oncology drugs.

"We are pleased to welcome Dr. David Kabakoff to the Avalon Board," said Kenneth C. Carter, Avalon's chief executive. "His leadership and experience in both science and business will provide a valuable perspective to Avalon and we look forward to his contribution."

Avalon is developing drugs to treat cancer.

Resolving Conflicts

Are you battling with your homeowners association? Upset with your landlord? Can't resolve a dispute with a contractor?

Here is some possible help: Montgomery County's Conflict Resolution Center is helping sponsor a Conflict Resolution Day Expo today from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Council Office Building cafeteria, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville.

"Conflict resolution might be right for you if you're feuding with your neighbor over her dog because he constantly defecates in your yard, or maybe you're involved in a dispute with your homeowners association about the shed you constructed in your back yard, or perhaps you have issues with your teenage daughter over rules of the house," said Tim Stranges, director of the Conflict Resolution Center. "All of these topics, and more, will be covered during the session."

The event is free.

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