Second Americas Session and Additional Program
Added in the United Kingdom
ATLANTA, August 1, 2006—Following the success of last year’s inaugural
General Manager Academy, IAHI, the Owners’ Association of InterContinental
Hotels Group (IHG), is offering the program once again to its members.
In addition, because of strong demand from its members, the IAHI has
added a second session this year. This is due to the generous $50,000 grant
from IHG. And, beyond that, interest in participating in this one-of-a-kind
program has expanded outside the Americas. IAHI will launch a separate
General Manager Academy in the United Kingdom.
This unique, invitation-only program focuses on leadership and human
resource issues facing the hospitality industry. The Americas General Manager
Academy is a collaborative effort between IAHI, IHG, and the Purdue University
Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management and Krannert School of
Management Executive Education Programs.
“We are so pleased to be offering the General Academy once again, as
a special initiative that will benefit IAHI members,” says David Hart,
Chairman of the IAHI and president and chief executive officer of Hart
Hotels Inc., in Buffalo, New York. “By adding a second session and
expanding the Academy internationally, we will provide an opportunity for
more global IAHI members
to enhance and strengthen their leadership abilities.” Session I of
the Americas program will take place at Purdue University in West Lafayette,
Indiana from September 10-13. Session II takes place November 19-22. Both
sessions are open to 30 participants. The UK General Manager Academy will
take place October 22-25 in London.
“In today’s competitive world, progressive lodging companies need to
reinvest in their managers and provide the best training possible. The
General Manager Academy can offer that specialized training,” says Steve
Porter, IHG President, the Americas.
The curriculum, designed around the concept of creating and leading
winning teams and organizations, will help the selected candidates do the
Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA)
Units awarded by the American Hotel and Lodging Association will be provided
upon successful completion of the course, as well as credits required by
Focus on leadership skills, knowledge and behaviors
Increase business and organization competence
Raise the bar in performance at the hotel level
Two sessions at the Purdue campus in West Lafayette, Indiana are offered
in 2006 and each are limited to 30 attendees. The first is scheduled for
September 10-13, 2006. The second is scheduled for November 19-22, 2006.
The course, including curriculum, training facilities, and meals, is sponsored
by the IAHI and IHG. The costs to the general managers selected include
transportation, accommodations and miscellaneous expenses. If you are an
owner and would like to recommend your general manager for the program
or if you are a general manager and are interested in being considered
for this great opportunity, please complete the application
and return it to the IAHI office by no later than August 2, 2006.
Here’s what some of last year’s graduates had to say about the program…
"The material in the classes was challenging, well presented,
and extremely relevant to my role as a hotel general manager. I recommend
it highly for any of our GMs that may be fortunate enough to be extended
an invitation in the future."
--Jim Larkin, General Manager, Holiday Inn Select-Airport,
Fort Myers, Florida
"I learned so much about myself and my management style. The GM Academy
also helped me to better understand the people that I work with on a daily
basis and how we can all better achieve our goals."
--Kae Shisler, General Manager, Holiday Inn Express
Hotel & Suites, Black River Falls, Wisconsin
"Everyone involved in putting together this program should be very proud.
They have set a new standard for learning and making IHG general managers
the best in the industry. As a Holiday Inn GM for more than 15 years, this
training will stay with me for life."
--Shawn Kennedy, General Manager, Holiday Inn Select
Appleton, Appleton, Wisconsin
About the IAHI:
IAHI members own and operate InterContinental Hotels Group brand hotels
worldwide, including Crowne Plazaâ Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Innâ
Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Expressâ, Holiday Inn SunSpreeâ
Resorts, Holiday Inn Selectâ, Staybridge Suitesâ and Candlewood
Suitesâ hotels. Established in 1955, the IAHI was the first association
of owners in the hotel industry, and today comprises nearly 2,700 members
in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Canada, Mexico and Latin
America. The IAHI represents its membership in working together with InterContinental
Hotels Group for the purpose of maintaining the highest professional hospitality
standards for its brands.