Vijay Dandapani replaces Geoffrey Mills as chairman of The Hotel Association of New York City

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A new roster of officers for the Hotel Association of New York City has been elected, with Vijay Dandapani at its helm for the upcoming 2015-16 term. For over two decades, the current president and COO of Apple Core Hotels has had an active role in expanding and overseeing the development of the company. His new appointment at one of the oldest associations in the hospitality field (which counts 275 prestigious New York City hotels among its members) will be added to an already impressive list of accolades. 

To date, the Indian native has been listed as one of the top 100 minority business leaders in New York City by Crain’s New York Business in 1998, and was named one of the 50 Outstanding Asian Americans in Business by the Asian American Business Development Center in 2002. In addition, Mr. Dandapani belongs to the board of directors of NYC & Company, the New York Hospitality & Tourism Association, and the International Hotel, Motel & Restaurant Show at the Javits Center.

Joseph E. Spinnato, the Hotel Association’s current president, will continue in his position alongside newly appointed staff, until his anticipated retirement in 2015. Along with Mr.Dandapani, Herve Houdre, General Manager at InterContinental Barclay; John Fitzpatrick, President and CEO of the North American branch of the Fitzpatrick Hotel Group; and Leland Lewis, the General Manager of the Roosevelt Hotel will be joining him as Vice Chairman, Secretary, and Treasurer, respectively, for the upcoming year.