WASHINGTONIAN NAMES AHLA CEO ‘MOST INFLUENTIAL’

Recognition Follows Notable Honors for Rogers’ Tireless Advocacy During COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON (February 25, 2021) –The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) president and CEO Chip Rogers was named one of the 250 Most Influential by Washingtonian Magazine for his policy and strategic proficiency, which was evident inside the Beltway and beyond as he helped navigate the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic on behalf of the industry. The recipients of this prestige recognition were chosen for their deep subject-matter expertise and ability to communicate to all audiences effectively. 


America’s hotel industry was one of the first and hardest hit by the global health and economic crisis and is expected to be one of the last industries to fully recover. Despite this monumental challenge, the AHLA team, led by Rogers, achieved real and tangible measures for the industry from lawmakers providing lifelines for many hoteliers, employees, and small business owners.

In addition to the Washingtonian honor, Rogers was named 25 Most Influential 2020 by Business Travel News; The Right Leader, The Right Time by Hotel Business; Small Business Defender of the Year by Job Creators Network; Keeping Focus Throughout the COVID Crisis by LODGING Magazine; and alongside AHLA Executive Vice President of Government Affairs Brian Crawford, Top Lobbyist 2020 by The Hill.

AHLA has also received multiple distinguished accolades for its collective efforts over the past year including 100 Associations That Will Save the World by ASAE in the Coronavirus Response category for the Hospitality for Hope initiative; Best Integration Into Culture honorable mention from the PR Week Purpose Awards 2020 for the No Room for Trafficking program; and most notably, the White House honor, Pledge to America’s Workers Presidential Award accepted with the AHLA Foundation.