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The Seattle Hotel Association Appoints New Board of Directors;
Julia Schroeder Elected President

SEATTLE – Aug. 20, 2009 – The Seattle Hotel Association (SHA), a non-profit organization that promotes the economic well being of Seattle’s hospitality industry, announced its 2009-2010 Board of Directors, led by Julia Schroeder as president. As a long-time member of Seattle Hotel Association’s board of directors, Schroeder, the managing director at Hotel Ändra, has long supported the organization’s efforts in promoting tourism and hospitality for the city. 

Other new directors include Howard Cohen, vice president/general manager of Clise Properties’ hotel division, as vice president; Don Dennis, general manager of Hotel Deca, as treasurer and David Sullivan, general manager of the Pan Pacific Hotel, as secretary.
Schroeder has worked in the hospitality industry for over 20 years. She began her career with Four Seasons Hotel Seattle in 1985 in operations and worked her way through sales and marketing at the Sorrento Hotel and the Renaissance Seattle Hotel. Prior to joining Hotel Ändra, she served as general manager of the Bellevue Club Hotel in Bellevue, Washington. Schroeder serves on various hospitality boards, such as the Seattle Convention and Visitors Bureau, Washington State Hotel & Lodging Association and the International Board of Directors for Small Luxury Hotels of the World.    
2009-2010 Officers

President: Julia Schroeder - Hotel Ändra, managing director
Vice President: Howard Cohen - Clise Properties - Hotel Division, vice president/general manager
Treasurer: Don Dennis - Hotel Deca, general manager
Secretary: David Sullivan - Pan Pacific Hotel, general manager
2009-2010 Board Members
Dennis Clark - The Fairmont Olympic Hotel
Howard Cohen - Clise Properties-Hotel Division
Shaiza Damji - Hotel Nexus
Don Dennis - Hotel Deca Seattle
Matt Hagerman - Hotel 1000
Paul Ishii - Mayflower Park Hotel
Elisabeth James - Westin Seattle
Irvin Sandman - Graham & Dunn, Counsel
Julia Schroeder - Hotel Ändra
David Sullivan - Pan Pacific Hotel
David Watkins - Inn at the Market
Bill Weise - Silver Cloud Seattle Stadium
The Seattle Hotel Association (SHA) is a non-profit, voluntary organization comprising of 58 member hotels located in the City of Seattle. SHA works to generally promote the economic well being of the hospitality industry in Seattle. In order to further this goal, the association partners with Seattle's Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Downtown Seattle Association, the Washington State Hotel and Lodging Association and the Washington Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus. SHA supports strategies to encourage the economic well being of Seattle job creation in the tourism and other industries and a safe and clean city environment for residents, workers and tourists alike. The Seattle Hotel Association can be found online at

Meg Paynor

Also See: Seattle Hotel Association Raises $529,000 Benefiting Affordable Housing and Supportive Services in Seattle / February 2008
Seattle Hotel Association's 10th Annual Evening of Hope Gala Raises $640,000 / February 2007



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