AHLA Announces Leadership Changes | TravelPulse

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The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) has announced its officers, board of directors and executive committee for 2022.

AHLA is launching a new strategic plan to guide the future of the association as travel continues to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, and its leadership core includes top executives representing all segments of the hospitality industry.

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Other changes to the leadership team include RLJ Lodging Trust CEO Leslie D. Hale named Vice Chairman, Hilton Global Development Chairman Kevin Jacobs named Secretary/Treasurer and Vice Chairman RLJ Lodging Trust Executive Tom Bardenett appointed Chairman of the AHLA Foundation Board. Trustees.

“As we look to 2022 and beyond, I am incredibly proud of the depth of experience that our leaders, executive committee and board members bring to the table, and that these people represent the group. of leaders in the history of our association,” said AHLA President and CEO Chip Rogers.

“We are grateful to these individuals for volunteering their time and energy to ensure the success of AHLA and our industry as we continue to move toward recovery,” Rogers continued.

New board members appointed for two-year terms in 2022 include:

—Mark Carrier, President, BF Saul Company Hotel Group

—Antoine Chahwan, President of Hotel Operations, Americas East, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

—Greg Friedman, Managing Director, President and CEO, Peachtree Hotel Group

—Greg Juceam, Chief Operating Officer, ESA Management LLC

—Daniel Kornick, Chief Information Officer, Loews Hotels & Co. (representing HTNG)

—James Merkel, CEO, Rockbridge Holdings

—Lynn D. Minges, President and CEO, NCRLA (representing ISHA)

—Ravi Patel, President, Hawkeye Hotels

—Keith Pierce, EVP, President Franchise & Development, Sonesta International Hotels Corporation

—Amb. Gordon Sondland, Founder and President, Provenance Hotels

—Jonathan Stanner, President and CEO, Summit Hotel Properties, Inc.

—Richard Stockton, President and CEO, Braemar Hotels and Resorts

—Larry Trabulsi, Executive Vice President and General Manager, CHMWarnick (representing HAMA)

In addition, AHLA welcomed five new members to its Executive Committee, which serves as the association’s central governance body and guides its policy agenda. New representatives to the Executive Committee include:

—Lawrence Cuculic, President and CEO, Best Western International, Inc.

—Michael J. Deitemeyer, President and CEO, Aimbridge Hospitality

—Carlos R. Flores, President and CEO, Sonesta International Hotels Corporation

—Sheila C. Johnson, Founder and CEO, Salamander Hotels & Resorts

—Mitch Patel, President and CEO, Vision Hospitality Group Inc.

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