Jim Abrahamson Elected as Incoming AH&LA Secretary/Treasurer
Hotelier to be Association Chair in 2015
The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) has elected Jim Abrahamson, CEO, Interstate Hotels and Resorts, as incoming secretary/treasurer of the AH&LA board of directors. Active with AH&LA at the state and national levels since the 1980s and a Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA), Abrahamson will serve as association chair in 2015.
Abrahamson serves as chair of the AH&LA CEO Council and is a member of the Governmental Affairs and HotelPAC Committee. Additionally, he is first vice chair of the U.S. Travel Association and will serve as chair beginning in mid-2013. He is also chair of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra board of directors.
"Jim has played key roles in the growth and success of a number of the world's leading hotel brands," said AH&LA President/CEO Joe McInerney, CHA. "His depth of experience will significantly benefit all aspects of AH&LA as we continue to meet the needs of our ever-changing industry."
In addition to Abrahamson, 2013 AH&LA officers include Chair Ron Vlasic, regional vice president of hotels, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants; Vice Chair John Fitzpatrick, president/CEO of the Fitzpatrick Hotel Group; and Immediate Past Chair Nancy Johnson, executive vice president, Carlson Rezidor. These hoteliers are led by AH&LA President/CEO Joseph A. McInerney, CHA.
About the American Hotel & Lodging Association
Serving the hospitality industry for more than a century, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) is the largest national association solely representing all segments of the 8 million jobs the U.S. lodging industry supports, including hotel owners, REITs, chains, franchisees, management companies, independent properties, bed and breakfasts, state hotel associations, and industry suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AHLA focuses on strategic advocacy, communications support, and educational resources for an industry that advances long-term career opportunities for employees, invests in local communities across the country and hosts more than one billion guests" stays in American hotels every year. AHLA proudly represents a dynamic hotel industry of more than 54,000 properties that supports $1.1 trillion in U.S. sales and generates nearly $170 billion in taxes to local, state and federal governments. Learn more at www.AHLA.com.