Industry Update
Appointment 1 March 2015

Chip Rogers

Named President
At Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) in Atlanta - GA, USA

Chip RogersChip Rogers, former Georgia State Senate majority leader, has been named president of the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA). Rogers was named interim president of AAHOA last year and has been with the organization nearly five years after having previously served as the association's VP, government affairs and public relations. Rogers takes over for Fred Schwartz, who stepped aside as president in December after 18 years with AAHOA. Rogers previously served in the Georgia General Assembly, and was elected to six terms, serving two as Senate majority leader.

Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA)

Founded in 1989, AAHOA is the largest hotel owners association in the world, with over 14,000 small business owner-members. AAHOA members own more than 20,000 properties amounting to more than 40 percent of all hotels in the United States and employ nearly 600,000 workers, accounting for over $9.
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Recent Appointments at AAHOA

Biran Patel - Chairman of AAHOA

23 June 2020 — Chairman Patel joined AAHOA in 2003. He served as an ambassador and then as a member of the board of directors as a regional director for North Texas. AAHOA members elected him as secretary in 2017. He serves as a partner in BHP Investments Company and owns and operates multiple branded and independent properties.
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Cecil Staton - President & CEO

15 November 2019 — Following a vote by the AAHOA Board of Directors, Cecil Staton will be the new president and CEO of AAHOA, the nation's largest hotel owners association, effective November 18. Staton will succeed Rachel Humphrey, who served in the role in an interim capacity for most of 2019.
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Rachel Humphrey - Interim President, CEO

28 January 2019 — AAHOA has appointed COO Rachel Humphrey to serve as the interim president and CEO, effective Jan. 26. She also will continue to execute her duties as COO during the interim period. The move follows an announcement made in December by current President and CEO Chip Rogers that he would step down in late January.
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