Executive Vice President & COO
Kevin Carey serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at AHLA. In this role, Kevin is responsible for all revenue generating operations including membership engagement, partnership & business development, and conferences & events. Kevin is also responsible for strategic planning and oversight of financial operations for AHLA and its Foundation. Kevin works closely with AHLA’s CEO and executive team to guide the association, which represents over 26,000 properties and more than 3 million hotel rooms. He also supports AHLA’s Officers, Executive Committee, Board of Directors, educational foundation and 16 committees and councils. Prior to joining AHLA, Kevin held senior executive leadership roles at American Express Company and American Express Global Business Travel. Most recently, he served as Managing Director and Head of The Americas Region and was responsible for the largest strategic customers and revenue generating region in the global business travel joint venture company. He spent more than two decades rising through the ranks at American Express, beginning his career in public affairs as a member of the company’s government affairs office in Washington, D.C. before transitioning to client management and sales leadership roles in the company’s card, merchant services, and travel business units. Kevin has a breadth of experience across the travel and hospitality industries through his service as a board and executive committee member in numerous travel and tourism industry associations, including US Travel and the Travel Business Roundtable. He also presently serves as an advisory board member at both Johns Hopkins University and Penn State University.