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The American Hotel & Lodging Association Creating New Membership Category -
The Under Age 30 Grouping to Provide Resources and Programs to Facilitate
the Career Advancement of Young Hospitality Professionals

Washington, March 11, 2008 — Members of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) Under 30 Council convened for its inaugural meeting last week, outlining a framework for the association’s new Under 30 membership category.  The category, launching July 1, will provide unique resources and tailored programs to facilitate the career advancement of hospitality professionals under age 30.

Benefits of the new membership category include:

  • Professional development seminars on topics including age discrimination in the workplace, cross-generation business communication, and more;
  • Strategic human resources advice on salary negotiation and career planning;
  • New networking opportunities, both in-person and through non-traditional outlets;
  • Tailored mentorship programs, cultivating successful relationships between young members and established industry executives;
  • Achievement recognition opportunities for members, ranging from online profiles to national awards programs;
  • Dedicated member eNewsletter with updates on involvement opportunities.
Member benefits will be implemented via guidance of the Under 30 Council, comprised of 23 professionals from various sectors of the diverse hospitality industry.  Aged 21 – 30, Council members include hotel owners and managers, financial consultants, governmental affairs executives, and directors of state hospitality associations, among many others.  A complete roster is online at the Under 30 Council page of AH&LA’s Website.

“Recognizing the influence of young, motivated talent in our industry, the Under 30 Council allows AH&LA to unify the talent and ideas of these emerging leaders to develop resources best suited to advance the next generation,” said AH&LA President/CEO Joseph A. McInerney, CHA.  “The goal of AH&LA’s Under 30 membership category is to utilize success strategies of the Council to create and implement specific programs for attracting and retaining employees to our growing industry, which will need an estimated 300,000 more workers by 2014.”

Membership in the Under 30 category is free to AH&LA members who qualify based on age.  More information is available on the AH&LA Website.  To be added to a mailing list for future updates, please contact Jessica Soklow at (202) 289-3153 or

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Serving the hospitality industry for nearly 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.


Jessica Soklow

Also See: AH&LA Highlights the Hotel Industries Green Best Practices; Cost-effective Ideas for Eco-friendly Operations / January 2008


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