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Vijay Dandapani, COO of Apple Core Hotels Appointed Chairman of the Board
of Directors for the 2008 International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show
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Pedro Mandoki Added to Nine-Member Board of Directors

WHITE PLAINS, NY, February 14, 2008…Vijay Dandapani, chief operating officer of Apple Core Hotels (New York, NY), has been appointed chairman of the Board of Directors for the 2008 International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show® (IH/M&RS). Dandapani's proven leadership skills will guide the nine-member Board as it develops the 93rd annual IH/M&RS, taking place November 8-11, 2008, at New York City's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. In addition, Pedro Mandoki, president and CEO of Mandoki Hospitality Group (Gulf Shores, AL), has been named to the 2008 IH/M&RS Board of Directors.

"Vijay and Pedro will prove to be valuable assets in their new roles, considering their vast understanding of industry trends, owner/operator needs and future directions," said Christian Falkenberg, show manager. "In addition, their expansive knowledge of the industry on an international level will help further position the IH/M&RS as a global marketplace."

Since August 1993, Dandapani has been instrumental in the growth and development of Apple Core Hotels, including acquisitions, six hotel renovations and the implementation of state-of-the-art computer systems. He also has held numerous key operational positions in hotels abroad. Prior to Apple Core Hotels, Dandapani served as vice president of operations for Chatwal Hotels. In this role, he was responsible for supervising a portfolio of six mid-priced hotels, in addition to operational planning, project development and financial restructuring for the company. The hotel industry veteran is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Hotel Association of New York City, NYC & Company and the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association.

Mandoki, a 40-year lodging industry veteran, is owner and president of Mandoki Hospitality Group. He is a former chairman of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, also having served as chairman of the Fund Development Committee of the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AH&LEF). As founder and former president of Plantation Resort Management (PRM), Mandoki was responsible for the company's overall operations, until it merged with ResortQuest International, Inc., in 1998. Mandoki also has held positions at various hotel properties and management companies, including Royal Orleans Hotel, Mayflower Hotel, Callaway Gardens and the Miracle Mile Resort. 

Also serving on the 2008 IH/M&RS Board of Directors are 

  • Joseph Spinnato, president, Hotel Association of New York City; 
  • Dan Murphy, president, New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association; 
  • Joe McInerney, president and CEO, American Hotel & Lodging Association; 
  • John Fitzpatrick, CEO North America, Fitzpatrick Hotel Group; 
  • Cristina Lussi, vice president sales and marketing, Crowne Plaza Resort & Golf Club Lake Placid; 
  • Tony Mangano, general manager, Ramada Inn Syracuse; and 
  • John Russell, CEO, NYLO Hotels, LLC.
The 93rd annual International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show will run Saturday, November 8, through Tuesday, November 11, 2008, at New York City's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Following a full-day of conference and networking activities on Saturday, November 8, the IH/M&RS will feature three full days of exhibits from Sunday, November 9, through Tuesday, November 11. The market presents some 1,250 hospitality industry suppliers and attracts approximately 35,000 in total trade attendance.

The International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show is sponsored by the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the Hotel Association of New York City, Inc., and the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association; and is managed by GLM®, a dmg world media business. 

For IH/M&RS exhibitor information, contact Christian Falkenberg, show manager, at GLM, Ten Bank Street, White Plains, NY 10606-1954. Telephone (914) 421-3296. Fax (914) 948-6180. E-mail: christian_falkenberg@glmshows.com. For attendee information, contact GLM's Customer Service Department at (914) 421-3206 or (800) 272-SHOW. Additional information and registration is available online at www.ihmrs.com.

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Contact:

Melissa Gray 
(914) 421-3263
melissa_gray@glmshows.com

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Also See: Cristina Lussi Named Chairman of the Board of Directors of the 2006 International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show / January 2006
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