Industry Update
Appointment31 January 2019

Kurt Furlong

Named Chairman
At IHG Owners Association in Atlanta - GA, USA

Kurt Furlong

The IHG Owners Association, which represents InterContinental Hotels Group® (IHG®) franchise hotel owners worldwide, announced that Kurt Furlong has assumed chairmanship of its Global Board of Directors for 2019. Kurt is Chief Revenue Officer and Partner with Genuine Hospitality, LLC and possesses expertise in hotel asset management, bottom-line enhancement, revenue generation, and revenue management. Kurt succeeds Deepesh Kholwadwala, President and CEO of Dreamcatcher Hotel Group and Sun Capital Hotels.

Kurt previously served as Executive Vice President and Partner - Sales & Marketing for Midas Hospitality, a portfolio of 40 hotels, and Vice President of Revenue for Lodgian, Inc, where he led strategy for a portfolio of 43, multi-brand hotels. Kurt began his career with Winegardner & Hammons Hotel Group LLC as a Holiday Inn® front desk associate and eventually went on to serve as General Manager at several of the company's hotels. Today, with more than 30 years of industry experience, Kurt has worked in all phases of hotel and restaurant operations.
Kurt has chaired the IHG Owners Association Distribution Committee and has served as Treasury and Vice Chair of the Owners Association. Currently, he sits on the Hampton by Hilton Advisory Council and on The Ohio State University Hospitality Advisory Board. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality Management from The Ohio State University and currently resides in Alpharetta, Georgia.

The IHG Owners Association is also pleased to announce its 2019 Global Board of Directors:

  • Chair: Kurt Furlong, CRO, Genuine Hospitality, LLC
  • Chair Elect: Jerry Dimeo, CEO, First Carolina Management
  • Treasurer & Americas Regional Representative: Wayne West III, President, NHG
  • Secretary: Navroz Saju, President and CEO, HDG Hotels
  • Past Chair Representative: Deepesh Kholwadwala, President and CEO, Dreamcatcher Hotel Group and Sun Capital Hotels
  • Past Chair Committees Representative: Kerry Ranson, CDO, HP Hotels
  • IHG Owners Association CEO: Don Berg
  • America's Board Member at Large: Peter D. Beukema, CHA, CEO and Partner, Suburban Inns
  • America's Board Member at Large: Perry Molubhoy, CEO and President, Atlantic Hotels
  • America's Board Member at Large: Manish Patel, CEO, MKP Management, Inc
  • America's Board Member at Large: Felix Seiler, COO, Holloway Lodging Corporation
  • America's Board Member at Large: Nellie Dhanji, Vice President Operations and Legal Counsel, Stanley Park Investments Ltd.
  • America's Board Member at Large: Norman Leslie, President and Founder, National Hospitality Services
  • America's Board Member at Large: Juan Carlos Santos, CEO, BPO
  • EMEAA Regional Representative: John Stuart, COO, RBH Management
  • EMEAA Board Member at Large: Nicola Taylor, CEO, Chardon Management Ltd.
  • EMEAA Board Member at Large: Ron Barrott, CEO, ProInvest
  • IHG Representative: Elie Maalouf, CEO The Americas, InterContinental Hotels Group

IHG Owners Association

The IHG Owners Association, originally established by Holiday Inn® founder Kemmons Wilson in 1955, was the first association of its kind in the hotel industry. The global organization currently represents the interests of more than 4,700 owners and operators of nearly 3,700 IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group) properties in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean (AMER); Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa (EMEAA); and Greater China.
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