James Cosgrove serves as the 2016 secretary-treasurer of the Best Western® Hotels and Resorts Board of Directors. Cosgrove is a second-generation Best Western hotel owner. He has served on the Best Western Board of Directors since February 2011 and previously held the position of vice chairman. He represents the interests of Best Western hotel owners in 20 states and provinces in the eastern United States and Canada, from Newfoundland and Labrador south to Virginia.
Cosgrove and his family own and operate the award-winning BEST WESTERN PLUS Revere Inn & Suites in Paradise, Pa. The historic, full-service hotel in Pennsylvania’s Amish country has been in the family for more than 40 years. The family also owns and operates the adjacent Revere Tavern. Built in the 1700s, the former stagecoach stop was previously owned by President Buchanan.
Before being elected to the Board, Cosgrove held a number of leadership positions with the brand. He served as a brand governor for southeastern Pennsylvania and as a member of the brand’s marketing advisory and reservation and technology committees. He also served as chair of Best Western’s New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania marketing co-op and sat on the board of the brand’s global marketing group. For the past decade, Cosgrove has represented his hotel and the brand at travel trade shows around the globe.
Cosgrove earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from LaSalle University in Philadelphia. He lives in Lancaster, Pa.