BEST WESTERN LEADERS ELECTED OFFICERS
OF AH&LA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
PHOENIX (Nov. 26, 2007) - Members of the American Hotel & Lodging Association Board of Directors elected Best Western International leaders to officer positions at its annual meeting this month.
Joe Martin, owner and operator of the Best Western Mark Motor Hotel in Weatherford, Okla., will serve as vice chairman of the Board of Directors in 2008. Martin also serves in a leadership capacity for Best Western International; he represents western Oklahoma as a governor in District V.
"For years, Joe Martin has been a strong leader of Best Western. Members of AH&LA are fortunate to have him be a voice for them, too," said Charlie Helm, chairman of Best Western International's Board of Directors. "Joe represents the best qualities of Best Western and the entire hospitality industry."
Best Western International President and CEO David Kong was named secretary / treasurer of the AH&LA Board of Directors for 2008. He will serve as the association's chairman in 2010, AH&LA's 100th anniversary year.
"David's broad range of industry experience and proactive business approach will effectively take AH&LA to a higher level of member service in the future," said AH&LA President and CEO Joseph A. McInerney, CHA. "With more than 35 years of hospitality experience, he will be a tremendous asset as we continue to surpass core objectives of AH&LA, as well as the goals of the entire lodging community."
The American Hotel & Lodging Association is the sole national association representing all sectors and stakeholders in the lodging industry, including individual hotel property members, hotel companies, student and faculty members, and industry suppliers.
ABOUT BEST WESTERN INTERNATIONAL
Best Western International is THE WORLD'S LARGEST HOTEL CHAIN®, providing marketing, reservations and operational support to 4,200* independently owned and operated member hotels in 80* countries and territories worldwide. Founded in 1946, this iconic brand is host to approximately 400,000 worldwide guests each night. A pioneer within the industry, Best Western is recognized for its distinctive business model and diverse hotel portfolio. The company continues to innovate and enhance both the business and leisure travel experience. Since 2004, Best Western has served as the Official Hotel of NASCAR®. For more information or to make a reservation, please visit www.bestwestern.com.
*Numbers are approximate and can fluctuate.
ABOUT AMERICAN HOTEL & LODGING ASSOCIATION
Serving the hospitality industry for nearly a century, AH&LA is the sole national association representing all sectors and stakeholders in the lodging industry, including individual hotel property members, hotel companies, student and faculty members, and industry suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AH&LA provides members with national advocacy on Capitol Hill, public relations and image management, education, research and information, and other value-added services to provide bottom line savings and ensure a positive business climate for the lodging industry. Partner state associations provide local representation and additional cost-saving benefits to members.