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Jagruti Panwala: AAHOA Trailblazer

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In 2019, the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) will welcome Jagruti Panwala as the first chairwoman in the organization’s history. Elected last year as secretary, Panwala is a hospitality industry veteran. She has owned and managed hotels with her family and owns an asset protection company, Wealth Protection Strategies. When Panwala first started her career, her goal was...

Terri A. Haack: Making It Work

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The Great Recession, which began in the late 2000s, impacted most people working in the hotel industry. However, few felt this period of economic turmoil as acutely as Terri A. Haack, president of Terranea Resort, a Destination Hotel managed by Two Roads Hospitality. In 2007, she was tasked with leading the development of the resort—a $480 million project. “When...

Lara Latture: The Accidental Hotelier

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Lara Latture has been with The Hotel Group (THG), an Edmonds, Wash.-based hotel developer and management company, for 20 years, but she still often refers to herself as an “accidental hotelier.” She came into the industry with a fierce will to learn and has thrown herself into hospitality. It was with her assistance that THG grew its portfolio to...

15 Women Making Their Mark in Hospitality

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According to a recent survey from the Castell Project in partnership with Georgia State University, 53 percent of women either agreed or strongly agreed that having had a mentor or advocate during their career was a positive influence on their career progress. The women featured in LODGING’s September 2017 issue, while from vastly different areas of the hospitality industry,...

Advancing the Rise of Women in Lodging

Last week, Atlanta, Ga.-based non-profit the Castell Project—an organization dedicated to advancing diversity in hospitality industry leadership—hosted its inaugural conference at the Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Downtown. The exclusive three-day event offered 28 high-potential female hospitality professionals an opportunity to learn about negotiation and personal development from high-ranking women in the hospitality space. It also gave attendees an opportunity...