LOS ANGELES (January 28, 2019) – The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) today announced its 2019 Officers, Board of Directors and Executive Committee, which includes top leaders representing all segments of the hospitality industry.

Notably, Geoff Ballotti, President & CEO of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, was named chair of the board, Jon Bortz, Chairman, President & CEO of Pebblebrook Hotel Trust as vice chair, Justin Knight, President & CEO of Apple Hospitality REIT, joins the officer slate as secretary/treasurer and Dave Johnson, president & CEO of Aimbridge Hospitality, will continue in his role as chair of the Board of Trustees. Ballotti succeeds Mark Carrier, President, B.F. Saul Company Hospitality Group, who has served as chair for the past two years and becomes immediate past chair.

“I’m honored to serve as chair of AHLA at such a pivotal and exciting time for our association and our industry as a whole,” said Ballotti. “The past year has been one of AHLA’s strongest yet, with a wave of momentum around our most important issues. I want to thank Mark Carrier for his outstanding leadership as AHLA chairman over the past two years as AHLA was out front positioning our industry around the critical jobs and career development we foster for our current workforce and aspiring young talented individuals who seek jobs in our dynamic industry through the work of our association and foundation. I’m excited to begin the next chapter for our industry, welcoming our incoming president & CEO Chip Rogers, and building on that momentum to achieve even more success in the future.”

Incoming AHLA President & CEO Chip Rogers addressed the AHLA Board of Directors during its January meeting. He officially takes the helm of AHLA today, January 28. At the meeting, Rogers noted the incredible momentum from AHLA in 2018 around advancing its policy agenda as well as improving member engagement, growing HotelPAC to record levels, strengthening its premier partnership program and building out new, high-value events and thought leadership platforms.

“It is an honor to be joining AHLA and leading an association that makes such a positive difference for so many people,” said Rogers. “The lodging industry is truly remarkable, creating opportunities for millions of hardworking people and providing a home away from home for Americans and international visitors alike. AHLA represents the pinnacle trade association of the lodging industry, and the American Hotel and Lodging Foundation has advanced the education and careers of thousands of industry leaders. That’s due in no small part to the leadership of Katherine Lugar, the strong AHLA team and the commitment of the AHLA Officers, Board and Executive Committee as well as our Foundation Trustees. I look forward to building on Katherine’s legacy and working closely with our distinguished Board of Directors, Executive Committee and Trustees as we continue to move AHLA and our industry forward.”

The AHLA Board of Directors represents leaders from all sectors of the lodging industry, including brands, owners and real estate investment trusts (REITs), management companies, independent hotels and state associations.

Click [HERE] to view the 2019 AHLA Board of Directors.

New members of the board appointed to two-year terms in 2019 include:

Owner Representatives

Joe Berger, President & CEO, BRE Hotels & Resorts

Krissy Gathright, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Apple Hospitality REIT

Sean Mahoney, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, RLJ Lodging Trust

Mitch Patel, President & CEO, Vision Hospitality Group

Steven Siegel, Partner and Chief Operating Officer, KSL Capital Partners, LLC

Nate Tyrrell, Executive Vice President & Chief Investment Officer, Host Hotels & Resorts

Management Company Representatives

Ted Darnall, CEO Lodging &Technical Services Companies, HEI Hotels

Sloan Dean, COO, Remington Hotels

Michael George, Founder, President, and CEO, Crescent Hotels & Resorts

Thomas Penny, President, Donohoe Hospitality

Independent Representatives

Jack Damioli, President & CEO, The Broadmoor

John Tolbert, President/ Managing Director, Boca Raton Resort & Club

Allied Representatives

Reggie Aggarwal, Founder & CEO, Cvent

Michael Leone, Chief Commercial Officer, PSAV

Tammy Weinbaum, Executive Vice President-Global Client Group, Global Merchant Services, American Express Compay

At-Large Representatives

Catherine Powell, President, Disney Parks Western Region, Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products

Kate Walsh, Dean and E.M. Statler Professor, School of Hotel Administration, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business

Additionally, AHLA welcomed four new members to its Executive Committee, which serves as the association's core governance body and guides its policy agenda.

Click [HERE] to view the 2019 AHLA Executive Committee.

New Representatives on the Executive Committee

Leslie Hale, CEO, RLJ Lodging Trust 

Walter Isenberg, President & CEO, Sage Hospitality

Stephen Bartolin, Jr., Chairman of The Broadmoor and President of The Broadmoor-Sea Island Company

Rob Palleschi, President & CEO, G6 Hospitality LLC

AHLA’s success would not be possible without the support of its partner organizations. The AHLA Premier Partner Program offers industry vendors and suppliers the opportunity to engage directly with AHLA members at an executive level and increase brand visibility.

AHLA 2019 Premier Partners

Platinum: American Express, CventHcareers a Virgil Company, PSAV, Sabre Hospitality Solutions, STR Inc.
Gold: Avendra LLC, Brand USA, Ecolab 
Silver: Pearson


Ottawa (Ontario) – January 28, 2019

The Canadian hotelier Group Germain Hotels and the Ottawa International Airport Authority announced today the construction of the Alt Hotel Ottawa Airport, an investment of $40 million. The hotel will have 180 comfortable and modern rooms on eight floors. The meeting rooms (about 3,000 square feet) and a restaurant will be located on the top floor of the new building, providing an incomparable 3600 view of the airport’s operations. An indoor skywalk will connect the hotel to the airport terminal for ease of use of travelers. The hotel is scheduled to open late 2020.

“This announcement marks an important milestone for Group Germain Hotels. It means that we have reached our goal of 20 hotels by 2020, and we are extremely proud of this achievement,” says Jean-Yves Germain co-president Group Germain Hotels. “Since we set out this ambitious goal, our teams have been working relentlessly to find the best locations to establish our three hotel brands across Canada, this was a tremendous collaborative effort,” adds Christiane Germain co-president Group Germain Hotels. “We are well on our way to reaching our ultimate goal which is to become the first Canadian independent hotelier group to be present all across Canada,” they both concluded.

The Alt Hotel Ottawa Airport will be Group Germain Hotels’ third property in Canada’s Capital Region. The first Alt Hotel, located in the business district, opened in 2016 and in the spring of 2018, Le Germain Hotel welcomed its first guests. YOW will be the third Alt Hotel to open in a terminal airport location confirming the growing demand for airport stays.

“After more than a year of due diligence, we found the ideal site and partner to develop a YOW terminal-connected hotel” said Mark Laroche, President and CEO of the Ottawa International Airport Authority. “This development, plus LRT connectivity, plus our pre-board screening and concession revitalization plans underline YOW’s commitment to serving the growing demands of Canada’s Capital Region’s residents and visitors. We invite our passengers and partners to follow our development projects at”

Once again, Group Germain Hotels will be relying on Montreal-based LemayMichaud Architecture Design to bring to life the vibrant and unconventional Alt style to life in this new hotel. Comfortable and well-thought-out rooms with ergonomic workstations, sleek urban design with an eco-friendly environment, lobbies designed so that guests can socialize, relax or have impromptu meetings, as well as fitness rooms accessible 24/7, are all Alt Hotel signature elements. Other Alt Hotels amenities include ultra-fast free WI-FI, and Chromecast streaming media players allowing our guests to watch their favorite content as though they were at home! Also, dogs are welcome and there is no set check out time when guests book directly with us, giving them plenty of time to relax before their next flight!


DENVER, CO. January 15, 2019 – RLH Corporation (NYSE:RLH) announced today the appointment of Julie Shiflett as its Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer effective immediately.  Ms. Shiflett returns to RLH after having been its Chief Financial Officer from 2010 to December 2014.  Ms. Shiflett will be responsible for overseeing all financial aspects of the Company, including financial planning and analysis, accounting and reporting as well as managing the tax, internal audit, treasury and investor relations functions.  

As Principal of NorthWest CFO, an outsourced financial expert consultancy, Ms. Shiflett spent numerous years since December 2014 working with RLH Corporation as a financial consultant providing support as the Company executed various strategic initiatives including debt and equity capital raises and strategic platform acquisitions including the Americas Best Value Inn and Knights Inn brands.   She also executed the divestiture of the company’s entertainment and ticketing businesses as well as the Company’s hotels.   In addition to her history with RLH, Julie serves on the Board of Directors of Northwest Farm Credit Services.  Ms. Shiflett began her professional career at with Coopers & Lybrand in 1986 and has held high level financial positions in a variety of industries.  In addition to her tenure as CFO of Red Lion, Ms. Shiflett was CFO of Signature Genomic Laboratories (acquired by Perkin Elmer) from 2009 to 2010, VP of Finance and Administration of Columbia Paint and Coatings, Co. (which was acquired by Sherwin Williams) from 2006 to 2009 and CFO of Riley Creek Lumber Company from 2001 to 2006.

Greg Mount, Chief Executive Officer of RLH stated, “We are pleased to have Julie officially return to RLH as our Chief Financial Officer.  The board has determined that the best candidate for the Company at this stage of our evolution is a person with a deep understanding of our past, combined with a thorough and practicable understanding of our commitment to growth via the asset light franchise model. Julie also brings valuable governance and best practice perspective as a consequence of extensive board service.  Julie is passionate about RLH, and knows the team extremely well given her continued engagement with RLH over the last several years as a financial consultant to the Company.

“I am honored and excited to officially return to RLH Corporation as its Chief Financial Officer”, said Julie Shiflett.  “I have worked closely with the Board, Greg Mount, and the financial reporting team at RLH over the last four years and have been intimately involved with the Company’s strategic initiatives. I share the team’s passion for RLH’s mission and look forward to being an integral part of the team as we continue to move RLH to the next level.”


January 15, 2019

RLH Corporation, formerly Red Lion Hotels Corporation, has appointed Gene Hagberg Director of Global Sales following the retirement of Chuck Carter, who dedicated 30 years of service to the innovative hotel company. Hagberg will lead RLH Corporation’s leisure business, which includes Wholesale FIT and group tour & travel, after 17 years with national park operator Delaware North.


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