Industry Update
Appointment 8 December 2020

Ishwar Naran

Named Board Chairman
At Best Western International, Inc. in Phoenix - AZ, USA

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Ishwar Naran

Best Western Hotels & Resorts' board of directors has elected Ishwar Naran as board chairman for 2021. Naran, who previously served as vice chairman of the board, brings more than three decades of hospitality experience and 17 years of Best Western ownership to his role as chairman. His deep knowledge of the brand coupled with his extensive industry experience make him the ideal candidate to drive Best Western Hotels & Resorts forward in 2021, according to the company.

Naran has developed, acquired and managed more than 30 hotels throughout his career. Currently, he owns three Best Western-branded properties: the Best Western Wesley Chapel in Wesley Chapel, FL; the Best Western Plus Daytona Inn Seabreeze Oceanfront in Daytona Beach, FL; and the Best Western Plus Columbia North East in Columbia, SC. During his time as a Best Western owner, he has served on numerous advisory committees within the organization and was elected to the board in 2016 to represent the interests of hotel owners in District IV, which includes Florida, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Puerto Rico.

During the election, John Kelly was named vice chairman and Danny Lafayette was named secretary treasurer. Recently, Steve Wahrlich was also appointed to the board as director for District II, representing the interests of Best Western hotel owners in seven western states, including Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota, and Canada's western provinces.

Best Western International, Inc.

Best Western Hotels & Resorts headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, is a privately held hotel brand within the BWH Hotel GroupSM global network. With 17 brands and approximately 4,700 hotels in over 100 countries and territories worldwide*, BWH Hotel Group suits the needs of developers and guests in every market.
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