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Hotel Owner Leadership Development Program Created
by The Owners’ Association of InterContinental
Hotels and InterContinental Hotels Group


ATLANTA (May 25, 2004) –The Owners’ Association of InterContinental Hotels Group (the IAHI) and InterContinental Hotels Group  [LON: IHG, NYSE: IHG (ADRs)], the world’s most global hotel company, are collaborating with GE Commercial Finance and GE’s prestigious John F. Welch Leadership Development Center to create a one-of-a-kind leadership development program for IAHI members.

The three-day, invitation-only IAHI Leadership Institute will take place August 23-25 at the John F. Welch Leadership Development Center in Ossining, New York. IAHI and IHG leaders are working closely with the Leadership Development Center faculty to design a curriculum around “Creating and Leading Winning Teams and Organizations.” 

“There’s nothing else like this in the industry,” said David Shamoian, executive vice president of the Peabody Hotel Group and chairman of the IAHI Leadership Institute Task Force. “It’s like getting a three-day MBA, entirely focused on the hotel business, leadership and general management principles.”

The 25 members of the inaugural Leadership Institute class will include primarily franchise owners, as well as a limited number of IHG executives, all handpicked by IAHI and IHG leaders. 

“The future leaders of our Association will have gone through the Leadership Institute,” Shamoian said. “In fact, they will be the future leaders of the hotel industry. 

Consequently, the IAHI and IHG want the best franchisees—the trendsetters, those who are active participants in the organization and active developers of IHG hotels—to attend.”

Among a number of leadership-focused topics, attendees will be trained in the following areas:

  • Leadership styles
  • Effective communication
  • Leading effective teams
  • Collaborative problem solving
  • Leading a profitable hotel 
“The Leadership Institute is a critical initiative because the lessons learned will be constructive to the dialogue between the Association and the company,” said Kirk Kinsell, senior vice president, Americas Franchising and Business Development. “When IHG and the IAHI work together to address competitive matters and strategic direction, it results in a stronger franchise organization and ultimately, a stronger industry.”

The IAHI and IHG turned to GE Commercial Finance for guidance in establishing the Leadership Institute because of GE’s long-term, global commitment to excellence in leadership development, as evidenced in the John F. Welch Leadership Center at Crotonville, one of the world’s first major corporate business schools. 

The Hudson River Valley campus is where key GE customers, partners and present and future GE leaders come together to learn, identify opportunities and debate issues facing their businesses around the world.

“GE is recognized for growing great leaders, and we want to share our best practices with key customers like IHG,” said GE Commercial Finance, Franchise Finance Hospitality Vice President Jeff McKee. “This in-depth seminar itself won’t make a leader, but it will help talented business people with actionable steps to improve their leadership skills.” 


Ann Wilson
(770) 455-4804

Whitney Webster
(770) 604-5506

Also See: Cam C. Cooper Named President of The Owners’ Association of InterContinental Hotels Group / May 2004
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