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AHLA Announces 2020 Officers, Board, and Executive Committee Amid Record Membership

Jon Bortz
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Building on record levels of membership and engagement, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) today welcomed Choice Hotels International, Inc., into membership and unveiled its 2020 officers, board of directors, and executive committee, which includes top leaders representing all segments of the hospitality industry. AHLA ended 2019 representing a record 3.2 million U.S. hotel rooms. With...

StonePark Capital Partner Andrew Firestone’s Approach to His Hotels

Andrew Firestone’s career has been interesting, to say the least. He started building his hospitality skills at a select-service chain during his college years, where he did everything from manning the front desk to touching up paint jobs. Post-college, he worked for a corporate investment bank and various hospitality companies, including Ty Warner Hotels and Resorts and West Coast...

Geoff Ballotti’s Next Steps as AHLA Chair

Geoff Ballotti
Like so many top executives in the industry, Geoff Ballotti started his hospitality career surrounded by suds—washing dishes in a hotel kitchen. Back then, he says, his aspirations were to move out of the kitchen and into the dining room, busing, then, maybe even waiting tables. It probably goes without saying that Ballotti advanced through the ranks, achieving those goals...

Wyndham’s 2018 Global Conference Preps Owners for Another Breakthrough Year

Wyndham Hotel Group Global Conference 2018_President and CEO Geoff Ballotti
Wyndham has had an eventful 18 months since its last global conference in September 2016. In the past year alone, the company added two hotels a day, created a new soft brand, announced several acquisitions (including 200 AmericInn properties, 900 managed and franchised La Quinta hotels, and plans to convert 46 AHIP hotels), and just this month made a...

Geoff Ballotti to Succeed Wyndham Hotel Group President and CEO Eric Danziger

PARSIPPANY, NJ—Wyndham Worldwide announced that Geoff Ballotti, President and CEO of the global hospitality company’s timeshare exchange and vacation rental division, will succeed departing hotel division President and CEO Eric Danziger, who is leaving the company to pursue personal interests effective March 28, 2014. “During the past five years, and through some very challenging global economic conditions, Eric provided leadership...