Kevin Carey

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 membership, conferences & events, partnerships & business development, strategic planning, operations and administrative functions for the leading national industry association representing the US hotel industry.  Kevin works closely with AHLA’s CEO to guide the association representing nearly 26,000 properties and more than 3 million hotel rooms and to support 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 hospitality industry 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 an advisory board member at both Johns Hopkins University and Penn State University.