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  Jon Simons Appointed to American Hotel & Lodging Association's
Manager of Government Affairs




Washington, D.C., July 14, 2009 – The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) announces the promotion of Jon Simons to the position of Manager of Government Affairs.

For the past year, Simons has served as HotelPAC coordinator in the AH&LA governmental affairs department.  With his promotion, he will continue to work with HotelPAC, the lodging industry’s largest political action committee, but also begin managing the duties of hotelLOBBY, AH&LA’s grassroots program.

“Jon’s knowledge of the legislative process, ability to juggle numerous responsibilities and work with our membership, has made him a valuable asset to AH&LA,” said Marlene Colucci, AH&LA executive vice president for public policy.  “The 11,000 members of AH&LA are a powerful grassroots voice on Capitol Hill, and Jon’s motivation to harness that energy for the industry will pay off as more legislative challenges surface this year in Congress.”

Prior to joining AH&LA in 2008, Simons was with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce where he worked in the Chamber’s National Security and Emergency Preparedness Division on issues related to aerospace and defense.  A New Hampshire native, Simons graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2005 with a B.A. in Political Science.
 
hotelLOBBY is AH&LA’s innovative online grassroots program developed by the association to accelerate our members' political involvement with Congress.  Members can access the program and HotelPAC through www.ahla.com.

Serving the hospitality industry for nearly a century, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) is the sole national association representing all sectors and stakeholders in the lodging industry, including individual hotel property members, hotel companies, student and faculty members, and industry suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AH&LA provides members with national advocacy on Capitol Hill, public relations and image management, education, research and information, and other value-added services to provide bottom-line savings and ensure a positive business climate for the lodging industry. Partner state associations provide local representation and additional cost-saving benefits to members.  For more about AH&LA, visit www.ahla.com.
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Contact:
Robert Baylor
American Hotel & Lodging Association
(202) 289-3153
rbaylor@ahla.com
http://www.ahla.com/ 
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