Hotel Association of New York City adds 11 members to board of directors

The Hotel Association of New York City welcomed 11 new members to its board of directors. Three of the 11 new members were elected to the board’s executive committee.

Joining the existing 19 members of the board of directors will be:

  • Kaizad Charna, The Lexington Hotel
  • Hermann Elger, The Baccarat Hotel
  • Christopher Elko, Marriott Hotels
  • Marlene Poynder, Conrad Hotels
  • John Rubino, Interstate Hotels & Resorts
  • David Salcfas, New York Marriott East Side
  • Joanna Sanchez, W Hotels Worldwide
  • Merav Segev, Highgate Hotels
  • Marc Sternagel, The Roosevelt New York City
  • Becky Hubbard, The Lotte New York Palace
  • Charmaine Stafford, InterContinental Hotels Group. 

New members Sternagel, Hubbard and Stafford will sit on the executive committee with Vijay Dandapani, president and CEO of the Hotel Association of New York City, and existing members Diarmuid Dwyer, New York Hilton Midtown; Fred Grapstein, EVP of Vornado Realty Trust’s Hospitality Group; John Fitzpatrick, Fitzpatrick Manhattan Hotel; John Rieman, JW Marriott Essex House; John Schafer, Grand Hyatt New York; Robert Lafferty, Highgate Hotels; Sam Grabush, Highgate Hotels; Sean Verney, Sheraton New York Times Square; Shane Cookman, Fitzpatrick Hotels; and Steve Batta, MCR Development.

Remaining in their elected positions on the board of directors, Grapstein will continue to serve as chair, Cookman as vice chair, Fizpatrick as treasurer and Steve Batta as secretary, alongside Dandapani.

Additional members who sit on the board of directors are Christine Devers, Renaissance Hotels; Geoffrey Allan Mills, GAM Hospitality; Matt Norman, Denihan Hospitality Group; Richard Born, BD Hotels; Robert Rechtermann, Conrad Hotels; Robert Snyder, Tishman hotel Corporation; Sofia Vandaele, InterContinental Hotels Group; and Steven Pipes, Jack Parker Corporation.

Established in 1878, the Hotel Association of New York City is one of the oldest professional trade associations in the nation. Its membership includes 275 hotels in New York City, representing more than 76,000 rooms and 50,000 employees.