About Us

Serving the hospitality industry for more than a century, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) is the sole national association representing all segments of the 1.8 million-employee U.S. lodging industry, including hotel owners, REITs, chains, franchisees, management companies, independent properties, state hotel associations, and industry suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AH&LA provides focused advocacy, communications support, and educational resources for an industry generating $155.5 billion in annual sales from 4.9 million guestrooms.  

In addition, AH&LA is partnered with state associations across the country to provide local representation and additional cost-saving benefits to members. These partner state associations have the same mission and goals as AH&LA, and we work together to serve the best interest of our members and the hotel industry as a whole.

AH&LA's 2012 Annual Report provides an overview of the industry’s top concerns and a chronicle of a landmark year.  AH&LA’s 2011 audited financial statements and 2011 Form 990, “Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax,” provides details of its operations and financial positions.  For additional information, contact Min Zhao at mzhao@ahla.com.   

For AH&LA contact information, please click here.  For contact information for our 38 partner state associations, click here.

Organizational Structure
 

Board of Directors 

The AH&LA Board of Directors is comprised of C-level lodging executives representing the full scope of the lodging sector, including brands, owners and REITs, management companies, independents, and state associations. The AH&LA board meets twice yearly to discuss a broad range of industry- and association-related issues.

Executive Committee  

The AH&LA Executive Committee is comprised of 14 members from the board of directors and AH&LA's officers, and acts as the association's core governance group.

Officers 

Each elected officer must be actively engaged in and devote the major part of his/her time to the hotel business. AH&LA's nominating committee submits a candidate(s) to the membership and a special election is held during AH&LA's Fall Conference to select one individual to become secretary/treasurer. In turn, this person moves up in office each year-- ultimately becoming the chairman of AH&LA.

Councils  

AH&LA has six councils that provide members with opportunities for networking and information and idea sharing with colleagues from their specific industry segments. These are the Brands Council (comprised of hotel companies that own and/or market brands, including those that grant franchises for hotel brands and the individual properties branded by those hotel companies); Owners Council (comprised of hotel companies that own hotels); Management Companies Council (comprised of hotel companies that operate or manage hotels); Independent Hotels Council (comprised of hotels that are not branded); PSA Council (comprised of the Partner State Associations); and Allied Council (comprised of companies who do business with the lodging industry). 

Committees 

AH&LA has a wide range of committees that help advise the strategic direction of the association and position us advantageously in the marketplace. Many committees are open to all members, while others require invitation. Click here for more information, or contact Sandi Goad at (202) 289-3142.

AH&LA Staff Directory by Department

 

Business Development  Government Affairs 
Conventions & Events  Human Resources 
Executive  Marketing & Communications 
Finance  Member & Industry Relations