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Edward Reynado Selected to Present Student Membership Plan to AH&LA Board;
Will Outline Outreach Plan for 2009 Implementation

Washington, October 15, 2008 — Edward Reynado, assistant lodging manager of the MacDill Inn in Tampa, Florida, will present his comprehensive plan to increase association membership among the 50,000 U.S. hospitality students during the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s (AH&LA) board of directors meeting in November.  Elements of Reynado’s presentation will be implemented in the association’s 2009 business plan.  
‘Gateway to CEO’ applicants were tasked with conceptualizing and explaining how they would orchestrate a major industry initiative if they had the power of AH&LA’s CEO.  Reynado’s plan outlined a clear and comprehensive strategy working with universities to boost student membership and build the association’s brand recognition and loyalty amongst the future of the industry at an early age.  His proposal was selected by AH&LA senior staff via the ‘Gateway to CEO’ contest, organized by the Under 30 Gateway, AH&LA’s new membership category offering tailored career resources for the young hospitality professional. The AH&LA senior staff were very impressed by the comprehensive plans outlined in the proposals.  Here’s the rest of the top 10, in random order:
Samantha Adams, Washington Marriott
Matthew Deal
Solomon Garber, LNR Partners
Kenneth Green, WaterColor Inn & Resort
Allison Hope, Sunstone Hotel Investors
Matthew MacLaren, Esq., Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association
Jameel Merali, B&B Investment Group
Edmond Tso, Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Mark Williams, Coakley & Williams Hotel Management Company
“The senior staff and I were thoroughly impressed by the caliber of entries received in this contest’s first year, though it was clear that Edward’s proposal stood out among the rest,” said AH&LA president/CEO Joseph McInerney, CHA.  “Edward’s plan puts onto paper a complex, multi-faceted plan for student outreach that our board of directors has only so far discussed; this plan provides the association with a clear strategy for tapping into large pool of our industry’s future leaders from the inception of their careers.”
Reynado will present his plan at AH&LA’s board meeting on Sunday, November 9, during the AH&LA Fall Conference, held in conjunction with the International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.  Additional Under 30 Gateway-sponsored events during the 2008 Fall Conference include two educational sessions on cross-generational workplace communication and career success strategies, and the Gateway Reception: Not Your Boss’s Party, hosted by the Hudson Hotel. 

Reynado sits on the association’s Under 30 Council, made up of 29 of the best and brightest young hospitality professionals who are responsible for overseeing Under 30 Gateway membership initiatives.  The Under 30 Gateway is free for association members who qualify based on age.  In addition to various networking and career development programs, benefits of Gateway membership include access to a password-protected Website featuring professional development resources and interactive Q&As, mentorship and networking opportunities both online and in person, and complimentary subscriptions to The Gate eNewsletter and Lodging magazine.  

R. Edward Reynado Bio
Title: Assistant Lodging Manager
Company: MacDill Air Force Base
Location: Tampa, FL
College: University of California, Irvine
Degree: BS in Biology

What are your job responsibilites?
Assist the hotel general manager in running a 224-room lodging operation encompassing 11 different buildings. I directly manage payroll, expense budget, approve all maintenance, housekeeping and supply purchases. MacDill Inn generates annual revenue in excess of $2.3M.

How did you get involved in the hospitality industry?
I was an active duty Air Force officer from Jul 2001-Aug 2007. When I arrived in Tampa in August 2005, I was assigned as the flight commander in charge of the dining facility, fitness center, lodging, library and honor guard. When I began considering separating from the military, my general manager asked me if I wanted to be his assistant, knowing this was the industry I was interested in. I took him up on his offer and have been the Assistant Lodging Manager of MacDill Inn since September 2007.

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: 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 / March 2008

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