Jim Abrahamson

AHLA Immediate Past Board Chair

Jim Abrahamson, CHA, serves as Chairman of The Board at Interstate Hotels & Resorts. Interstate Hotels & Resorts, the leading U.S.-based global hotel management company, currently operates 370 hotels with nearly 70,000 rooms spanning the U.S. and ten additional countries.

Jim joined Interstate Hotels & Resorts from InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), where he was president of the Americas region, that company's largest operating unit, and was also an executive director of IHG's Board of Directors. Previously, he held key leadership positions in senior management in the areas of operations, development and franchising with Hyatt Corporation, Marcus Corporation and Hilton Worldwide.

Jim is active in the hospitality industry and community affairs. Jim is the immediate past chairman of the U.S. Travel Association. He serves on the advisory board of the Cornell University Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship and the DePaul School of Hospitality Leadership, and he also serves on the advisory board at the Emory University Eye Clinic. Jim holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota.