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The Education of an AAHOA Leader

Like many among the second generation of Indian-American hoteliers, Bharat (Bruce) Patel can say he was born into the business. The Dallas-based owner and developer, along with his younger brother and sister, was raised...

AH&LA Chair Jim Abrahamson Looks to Make a Lasting Impact

If there’s a hat in the lodging industry, Jim Abrahamson has probably worn it. He’s filled hourly positions and general manager roles at individual properties and provided executive leadership in operations, finance and development,...

Lodging Execs Share Their Industry Roots, How They Got Ahead

Hospitality is still an industry where the dishwasher can make it to the top—literally. In 2008, Lodging queried dozens of the industry’s top CEOs, asking them one question: What was your first job? Close...

A Look Inside Blackstone’s Plan to Own Sustainability

In 2012, Jean Garris Hand visited the iconic Boca Raton Resort & Club in South Florida to assess and make recommendations to its energy and water usage. The 1926 resort was a solid property,...

What AAHOA Means Now

At the time of its founding in 1989 and subsequent merger in 1994 with the then nine-year-old Indian American Hospitality Association, what AAHOA’s founders wanted most was relief and protection from discrimination that confronted...
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