News for the Hospitality Executive
Joseph A. McInerney Recieves Illinois Hotel and
2009 J. Patrick Leahy Lifetime Achievement Award
Washington, D.C., May 22, 2009 — On Tuesday at its 14th Annual Hospitality Luncheon during the National Restaurant Show in Chicago, the Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association (IHLA) presented the 2009 J. Patrick Leahy Lifetime Achievement Award to Joseph A. McInerney, president/CEO of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA). The Leahy Award is IHLA's highest award honoring an individual who has given outstanding service, dedication, and commitment to the hospitality industry during a long, distinguished career.
McInerney was selected for this honor based on his exceptional achievements during his almost 50-year lodging industry career.
Launching his hospitality career in his hometown of Chicago, McInerney’s
many endeavors include tenures as President/CEO of ITT's Sheraton franchise
division; Hawthorn Suites; Forte Hotels, Inc.; and the Pacific Asia Travel
Association. At AH&LA, McInerney implements and directs AH&LA's
services and provides leadership to association members, working directly
with the volunteer officers, board of directors, and partner state associations.
Since his appointment in 2001, McInerney has reorganized the association
to streamline efficiency and strengthen its core operations, consolidated
its two affiliates to form the American Hotel & Lodging Educational
Foundation, changed its membership structure from a federation to a dual
membership format, and clarified the organization's mission.
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.