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The Owners’ Association of InterContinental Hotels Group Offering 3-day
General Manager Academy for Its Members; Focuses on
Leadership and Human Resource Issues
Second Americas Session and Additional Program Added in the United Kingdom

ATLANTA, August 1, 2006—Following the success of last year’s inaugural General Manager Academy, IAHI, the Owners’ Association of InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), is offering the program once again to its members.

In addition, because of strong demand from its members, the IAHI has added a second session this year. This is due to the generous $50,000 grant from IHG. And, beyond that, interest in participating in this one-of-a-kind program has expanded outside the Americas. IAHI will launch a separate General Manager Academy in the United Kingdom.

This unique, invitation-only program focuses on leadership and human resource issues facing the hospitality industry. The Americas General Manager Academy is a collaborative effort between IAHI, IHG, and the Purdue University Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management and Krannert School of Management Executive Education Programs. 

“We are so pleased to be offering the General Academy once again, as a special initiative that will benefit IAHI members,” says David Hart, Chairman of the IAHI and president and chief executive officer of Hart Hotels Inc., in Buffalo, New York.  “By adding a second session and expanding the Academy internationally, we will provide an opportunity for more global IAHI members  

to enhance and strengthen their leadership abilities.” Session I of the Americas program will take place at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana from September 10-13. Session II takes place November 19-22. Both sessions are open to 30 participants. The UK General Manager Academy will take place October 22-25 in London. 

“In today’s competitive world, progressive lodging companies need to reinvest in their managers and provide the best training possible. The General Manager Academy can offer that specialized training,” says Steve Porter, IHG President, the Americas. 


The curriculum, designed around the concept of creating and leading winning teams and organizations, will help the selected candidates do the following:

  •  Focus on leadership skills, knowledge and behaviors
  •  Increase business and organization competence
  •  Raise the bar in performance at the hotel level
Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA) Units awarded by the American Hotel and Lodging Association will be provided upon successful completion of the course, as well as credits required by IHG.

Two sessions at the Purdue campus in West Lafayette, Indiana are offered in 2006 and each are limited to 30 attendees. The first is scheduled for September 10-13, 2006. The second is scheduled for November 19-22, 2006. The course, including curriculum, training facilities, and meals, is sponsored by the IAHI and IHG. The costs to the general managers selected include transportation, accommodations and miscellaneous expenses. If you are an owner and would like to recommend your general manager for the program or if you are a general manager and are interested in being considered for this great opportunity, please complete the application and return it to the IAHI office by no later than August 2, 2006.

Here’s what some of last year’s graduates had to say about the program…

"The material in the classes was challenging, well presented, and extremely relevant to my role as a hotel general manager. I recommend it highly for any of our GMs that may be fortunate enough to be extended an invitation in the future."
    --Jim Larkin, General Manager, Holiday Inn Select-Airport, Fort Myers, Florida

"I learned so much about myself and my management style. The GM Academy also helped me to better understand the people that I work with on a daily basis and how we can all better achieve our goals."
    --Kae Shisler, General Manager, Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, Black River Falls, Wisconsin

"Everyone involved in putting together this program should be very proud. They have set a new standard for learning and making IHG general managers the best in the industry. As a Holiday Inn GM for more than 15 years, this training will stay with me for life."
    --Shawn Kennedy, General Manager, Holiday Inn Select Appleton, Appleton, Wisconsin

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.


Brenda Thielbar 
Communications Manager 

Also See: 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
Hotel Owner Leadership Development Program Created by The Owners’ Association of InterContinental Hotels and InterContinental Hotels Group / May 2004


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