Jim Abrahamson, CHA, CEO, Interstate Hotels & Resorts, assumed the role of chair of the board of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) for 2015 and 2016 during the organization’s annual Meeting of the Members in New York.
Abrahamson takes on the role following John Fitzpatrick after serving as vice chair of the board, in accordance with AH&LA’s Bylaws. He will be joined by two newly elected officers, Mark Carrier, CHA, president, B.F. Saul Company Hospitality Group, who moves up from secretary/treasurer to vice chair. The secretary/treasurer position will be filled by Geoff Ballotti, president and CEO, Wyndham Hotel Group, who was also elected to the post during the annual Meeting of Members.
“I’m proud and privileged to chair the American Hotel and Lodging Association at such a significant time in its history,” Abrahamson said. “There are so many incredible aspects and opportunities in the hotel industry and with the momentum of a growing and unified membership we will tackle the important issues before us in Washington, D.C. and around the country, from regulatory issues around healthcare or labor, to those affecting hotels in distribution and technology, or new companies that compete unfairly in today’s crowed marketplace, so that we remain competitive, grow our businesses and maintain our innovative edge.”