Lodging Conference Co-Founder Morris Lasky Dies

LaskyMorris Lasky, chairperson and co-founder of The Lodging Conference in Phoenix and CEO of Lodging Unlimited, recently died of cancer in his Chicago home. He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou Lasky.

Lasky worked in the hospitality for more than 40 years and helped guide the Lodging Conference program since 1995. “His industry knowledge and contacts were invaluable when we started this event 21 years ago. Morris will be missed, and we will honor his memory by continuing to improve this great industry event that he so loved,” said Harry Javer, co-founder and producer of The Lodging Conference, in an email message.

Lasky formed Lodging Unlimited in 1970 to provide management, consulting, and marketing services to the hospitality industry. From 1962 to 1970, he served as senior vice president of American Motor Inns, a Helmsley-Spears subsidiary formed to acquire troubled hospitality properties. He began his hospitality career in 1956 with Motel Enterprises as a general manager and was promoted to vice president of operations for the entire chain at age 23.

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Lasky is survived by his wife, Mary Lou Lasky. In lieu of flowers, contributions are being asked to be sent to:

University of Chicago
Cancer Research Foundation
For Dr. Kindler and Dr. Baron
5841 S. Maryland Ave,
MC1140
Chicago, Il 60637

A memorial event will be held Monday, April 6th from 3:00pm – 8:00pm at Cog Hill Golf Course Club House in Lemont, Ill. A Funeral Mass will be offered by his brother-in-law, Fr. Tom Koys, on Tuesday, April 7th at 11:00am at St. James at Sag Bridge Church also in Lemont, Ill.