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Agenda Set for the AH&L Annual Summer Summit
June 15-16, 2010 in Scottsdale, Arizona


 
Washington, D.C., April 19, 2010 The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) annual Summer Summit, held at the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona, will offer attendees insight from industry insiders, networking with diverse groups of industry professionals, and the opportunity to shape future AH&LA initiatives via more than a dozen committees.  In addition, the annual Stars of the Industry Awards ceremony will honor exemplary employees and programs, and attendees can book a one-one eco-appointment with AH&LAs Green Guru, Pat Maher.  
 
As a precursor to the Summit, AH&LAs Women in Lodging Connect will host a panel and reception with the newly-formed Arizona chapter.  The event on Monday, June 14, from 4:30 6:30 p.m. will feature a cross-section of hotel industry professionals, including David Kong, Best Western President/CEO and AH&LA chair; Leslie Pchola, general manger, Hilton Austin; Michelle Finn, vice president, Hotel Design; Bree Lewis, MHS, manager, strategic marketing - hospitality, HD Supply Facilities Maintenance; and Tiffany Vuk, director, field marketing, Best Western International, and plenty of networking opportunities.  Admission is $25 for WIL Connect members and $50 for nonmembers, and advance registration is recommended.  
 
The conference kicks off Tuesday, June 15 with the latest forecasting data via the Lodging Industry Summit, with expert panelists Vail Brown, vice president, global sales and marketing, Smith Travel Research; Patrick Ford, president, Lodging Econometrics; and Doug Shifflet, chairman/CEO, D.K. Shifflet & Associates, and moderator Nancy Johnson, executive vice president/chief executive officer, Carlson Hotels Worldwide, and AH&LA secretary/treasurer.  
 
As part of AH&LAs ongoing green initiative, attendees can discuss their biggest eco-challenges via a one-on-one strategic session with Pat Maher, AH&LAs green consultant.  The $50 donation supports the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation.  
 
The annual Stars of the Industry Awards luncheon on Wednesday, June 16, honors outstanding lodging employees and properties across the country, as well as Educational Institute award recipients.  Annual awards are presented to notable hotel employees, managers, and general managers across the nation, and to hotels for innovative and successful programs in community service; guest relations; special events; diversity; eco-friendly practices, and information technology. 
 
Additionally, many of AH&LAs more than 30 specialized committees, as well as AH&LAs board of directors, comprised of top-level hoteliers, management companies, and other representatives from the diverse lodging industry, will host meetings critical in strategically planning industry-wide programs and initiatives.  
 
AH&LA Summit partners include American Express, Grainger, HD Supply, Heartland Payment Systems, and US Foodservice.
 
Registration is $250 for AH&LA members; $450 for nonmembers.  Several events are available for purchase a la carte.  Attendees can receive the conference rate of $119 (plus taxes) at the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona, for bookings made before May 20.  For additional event details, please visit AH&LAs Summer Summit Webpage.  For more information, contact Katie Hais at (202) 289-3114 or khais@ahla.com.
 
Serving the hospitality industry for a century, 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.
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Contact: 

Kathryn Potter 
(kpotter@ahla.com
 

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