At Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) in Atlanta - GA, USA
The Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) elected its first female officer over the
nearly 30-year life of the organization. Jagruti Panwala is now also in line to become the first
female chairwoman of the organization in 2019.
AAHOA's all-volunteer board of about 36 come from members who own hotels across the
country. Four volunteer members hold leadership positions: secretary, treasurer, vice chairman
and chairman. Officers hold each post for one year after being elected secretary. Panwala won a
contested election for secretary over two male counterparts in the historic election.
A resident of Ivyland, PA, Panwala served before Friday's vote as female director at large -
eastern division. She will serve as secretary for 2016-2017. Officers progress from secretary to
treasurer to vice chair to chair on a yearly basis.