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Robert L. Steele, III Appointed President and COO of the Educational Institute
of the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation

 Washington, September 24, 2008 – Robert L. Steele, III, general manager of the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, has been appointed president and COO of the Educational Institute (EI) of the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation, effective mid-November.  Steele succeeds Roy Kennington, who is retiring at the end of the year after 18 years at EI, the last two as president/COO.  EI is a subsidiary of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA).
As president and COO, Steele will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Institute, as well as develop the overall vision and strategies in conjunction with the board of trustees. Steele’s responsibilities also include representing EI as its spokesperson and leader, formulating profitable and productive strategic business alliances to enhance EI, increasing penetration of the international markets, and enhancing marketing efforts within the industry. 
“With more than 30 successful years with Hyatt Hotels, as well as having spent the last four years as an AH&LA officer, we feel Robert is especially well-suited to further EI’s mission of providing training and certifications for all levels of hospitality staff,” said AH&LA President and CEO Joseph A. McInerney, CHA. “His experience has given him an understanding of this industry’s unique training needs, as well as the necessity to give operators a competitive edge and help staff strengthen their skills.”
Steele has spent his entire career with Hyatt Hotels Corporation, serving as general manager of the Hyatt Regency Baltimore, Baltimore, Md.; Hyatt Regency Washington, Washington, D.C.; and Hyatt Fairlakes, Fairfax, Va., prior to his current position. Steele is the immediate past chairman of AH&LA, having held the position of 2007 chairman of the board.  An active and long-time supporter of AH&LA, Steele has served on various committees and boards, including the Strategic Planning Committee; Multicultural & Diversity Advisory Council; Membership/Sales & Marketing Committee; Credit Card Advisory Council; Financial Management Committee; Lodging Industry Rating Advisory Committee; ADA Task Force; Audit, Certification & Credentials Committee; Engineering & Environment Committee; Human Resources; and Loss Prevention Committee.
Steele is a graduate of Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tenn., where he received a Bachelor of Science degree.  A native of Memphis, Tenn., Steele resides in Tampa Bay, Fla. with his wife Sheila. They have two sons and one daughter.
For more information on Steele and EI’s programs and services, please visit the EI Website.

Established in 1953 as a nonprofit educational foundation of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the Educational Institute’s mission is to support AH&LA by becoming the preferred provider to the lodging industry, hospitality schools, and related hospitality industries both domestically and internationally by developing and providing quality resources to train, educate, and certify hospitality professionals.
AH&LEF is the charitable fund-raising and endowed fund-management subsidiary of the American Hotel & Lodging Association. Founded in 1953, AH&LEF is the premier organization for scholarships, professional certification, and instructional material as well as funding for hospitality industry research. For more information, visit
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: Derrick Morrow Appointed General Manager for Hyatt Regency Tampa / May 2008
New Castle Hotels & Resorts Chooses American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute for Supervisory Training / July 2008

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