Anthony Klok, principal of Chicago-based, property-management company Rebel Hospitality, was elected as the 2019 board chairman of Best Western Hotels & Resorts.
Klok, who previously served as vice chairman of the board of directors, brings years of hotel industry experience to his new position. In addition to several boutique properties throughout Chicago, he and his partners at Rebel Hospitality also manage a Best Western Plus property in the city’s Lakeview East neighborhood.
“Mr. Klok has deep experience in many segments of the industry,” David Kong, president and CEO of Best Western Hotels & Resorts, said in a statement. “He is known for being innovative and strategic....”
Klok's Rebel Hospitality has developed 15 independent boutique and branded hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues in Chicago and Memphis.
Throughout his career, Klok has been involved in a number of hospitality associations, including the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association, the DePaul University School of Hospitality Advisory Board and the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce. He was elected to Best Western’s board of directors in 2013 to represent the interests of Best Western hotel members in eight states and provinces in the Midwestern United States and Canada, respectively.
“Being elected to serve as chairman of the board of directors for Best Western Hotels & Resorts is truly an honor,” said Klok. “I have personally seen Best Western grow and evolve significantly in recent years and I’m excited to play an even bigger role in building the brand and fostering growth for each and every hotel owner, while also improving our guest experience through innovation.”