PHOENIX—This past week, Patrick H. Ford, chairman and CEO of Lodging Economics, was awarded The Lodging Conference’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the Arizona Biltmore.
The award was delivered by Lodging Conference founder and producer Michael A. Leven, also chairman and CEO of the Georgia Aquarium.
“I’m not here today to simply extol his contributions,” Leven said. “I’m here today to thank Patrick Henry Ford for not only what he has done for me, not only what he has done for the industry, but what he has done to prove you that can live a life of faith, a life of duty, a life of contribution.”
The award is given to individuals who provided outstanding and lifelong contributions to the hospitality industry. Ford entered hospitality at the Dunfey Hotel Company, which eventually became the Omni Hotel Company, where he spent 20 years in operational and executive roles. He founded Lodging Econometrics in 1995 in order to compile and dissect development and transaction data within across U.S. hotel landscape as franchising became more prevalent within the industry.
Ford is a member of the International Society of Hospitality Consultants, is a certified commercial investment member of the National Association of Realtors and a certified hotel broker.
“The industry is in my blood, and it will continue to stimulate my interest until the end,” Ford said.