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  The Unique Owners’ Association of InterContinental Hotels Group (IAHI)
Leadership Institute Completes its Third Annual Class
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ATLANTA, September 19, 2006-- For the third consecutive year, members of IAHI, the Owners’ Association of InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and IHG executives completed the one-of-a-kind Leadership Institute — an invitation-only leadership development program. The Institute was held from August 29-September 1 at GE’s John F. Welch Leadership Development Center in Crotonville, NY. IAHI and IHG continue to work closely with GE Commercial Finance and the John F. Welch Leadership Development Center to design and implement a unique leadership development program exclusively for IAHI members.

“The Leadership Institute provides a way for busy hotel franchisees and their employees executives to take time and truly analyze and enhance their skills—with the goal of becoming better leaders,” says David Hart, chairman of IAHI and president and chief executive officer of Hart Hotels, Inc. in Buffalo, NY. 

This year’s curriculum focused on  “Creating and Leading Winning Teams and Organizations.” The program helped participants analyze their interpersonal style and its impact on others, receive feedback on leadership skills, and further develop the competencies important to becoming effective leaders.  Thirty-two individuals were selected to participate in the program.

“The Leadership Institute provided a way for both IAHI members and IHG executives to enhance their skills and work together in an open, thought-provoking setting,” says participant Alejandro Watson, corporate director of sales and marketing for IHG Mexico, based in Mexico City. Participant Bryan Curry, co-founder and chief financial officer of Associated Hotels, LLC in Chicago, says: “The Leadership Institute helped me learn new aspects about myself and my management style that will enable me to better serve my clients and employees in the future.” 

The following individuals were selected to participate in the 2006 Leadership Institute: 

• William Benson, Director of Operations, Motel Enterprises-Athens, Georgia
• Richard Boyles, Co-Founder and President, InnSight Hotel Management Group-Springfield, Oregon
• Chris Bruch, Senior Vice President, Donohoe Hospitality Services-Washington, D.C.
• John Bukovac, President, Wilshire Group, Inc.-Dundas, Ontario, Canada
• Ed Croom, President, Janko Hospitality, LLC-Downers Grove, Illinois
• Kris Crundwell, Director of Sales, IHG Canada-Toronto
• Bryan Curry, Co-Founder and Chief Financial Officer, Associated Hotels, LLC-Chicago, Illinois
• Pawan Deepak, Westmont Hospitality Group-Los Angeles, California
• Bill DeForrest, President and Chief Executive Officer, Lane Hospitality-Northbrook, Illinois
• Roslyn Dickerson, Senior Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion, IHG-Atlanta, Georgia
• David Dunn, President and Chief Operating Officer, Dunn Hospitality Group-Evansville, Indiana
• Sheri Erhart, Vice President, CMC Hotels-Raleigh, North Carolina
• Allen Fusco, Vice President, DENA Enterprises, LLC, Holiday Inn Elmira Riverview-Elmira, New York
• Samir Gandhi, In-house Counsel and Vice President of Development, M&R Hotel Group
• Danny Gwinn, Vice President of Operations, Indiana Motel Developers-Columbus, Indiana
• Jon Harding, Senior Vice President, Organization Capability, IHG-United Kingdom
• Douglas Hargrave, Regional Director, Hotel Performance Support, IHG-Marion, Iowa
• Kevin Hilchey, President and Chief Executive Officer, Lodging Host Hotel Corporation-Longview, Texas
• Alan Incorvaia, Vice President of Operations, Hart Hotels, Inc.-Buffalo, New York
• Ron Jacobsen, Vice President of Operations, The Generation Cos.-Durham, North Carolina
• Mark Kucera, Executive Vice President, Expotel Hospitality Services-Metarie, Louisiana
• Bharat Mody, Director of Operations and Chief Financial Officer, Nine Points-Raleigh, North Carolina
• Perry Molubhoy, Founder, Atlantic Hospitality Inc.-Plano, Texas
• Heeren Patel, Founding Principal and Chief Operating Officer, Axar Hotels & Asha Hotels-Reston, Virginia
• Nanda Patel, Owner, Holiday Inn Express-Ft. Payne, Alabama
• Judy Rosenthal, Regional Director of Operations, Peabody Hotel Group-Natick, Massachusetts
• Sonny Spa, Senior Vice President, Remington Hotel Corp.-Dallas, Texas
• Baldey Thakor, President, Maya Hotels-Charlotte, North Carolina
• Alejandro Watson, Corporate Director of Sales & Marketing, IHG Mexico-Mexico City, Mexico
• David Werber, Principal, WNW Hospitality Management, LLC-Elmhurst, New York
• Gary Williams, President and Chief Executive Officer, Coakley & Williams Hotel Management Co.-Greenbelt, Maryland
• Lynne Zappone, Vice President, Talent Development & Learning, IHG-Atlanta, Georgia
Following this year’s successful Leadership Institute, IAHI will provide this educational opportunity to its members again in 2007.

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. 

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Contact:

 Owners’ Association of InterContinental Hotels Group
Brenda Thielbar
Communications Manager
770-604-5506
www.iahi.org
 

Also See: The Newest Independent (and Oldest Partially Independent) Franchise Association in the Hotel Industry / Stanley Turkel / September 2006
A 24 Member Class of Franchise Owners and Company Executives Complete the First Owners’ Association of InterContinental Hotels Group and InterContinental Hotels Group Leadership Institute / September 2004

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