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AHLEI Names 2011 CHA Emeritus Recipients

Atlanta, Georgia, June 15, 2011—The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) honored the 2011 recipients of the Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA) Emeritus designation at the AH&LA Summer Summit during the AH&LA Stars of the Industry Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, June 15.

“The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute recognizes the achievements of those leaders whose long-term dedication and commitment to excellence and further education have shaped and inspired our industry,” said Robert L. Steele III, CHA, president and COO of AHLEI. “Those who earn the title of CHA Emeritus have made significant contributions to the hospitality industry through leadership, education, and professional involvement. The Emeritus honor is presented only to select individuals after a career of distinguished contributions.”

This year’s honorees for CHA Emeritus are:
  • Fred J. Kleisner, CHA, president, chief executive officer and director of Morgans Hotel Group. Before being named CEO, he served on the board of Morgans Hotel Group since its IPO in February 2006. Prior to this he was CEO of Wyndham International, Inc. Kleisner joined Wyndham in 1999 as president and chief operating officer and was named CEO in April 2000 and chairman of the board of directors in October 2000. Kleisner is a 40-year veteran of the hospitality industry, holding executive positions with Starwood, Westin, Interstate, Sheraton, and Hilton.
  • Ramesh B. Gokal, CHA. Gokal bought his first hotel in 1976 and has been active in the industry ever since. For nearly 20 years, he bought, sold, developed, and managed hotels for himself and for third parties. During that time, he was active as a charter member and board member of AAHOA, the North Carolina Hotel & Motel Association board, and committees with Days Inn, Holiday Inn, and Howard Johnson. From 1995 to 2000, Ramesh served as president and COO of Knights Franchise System, growing the brand from 90 to more than 240 hotels. He served on AH&LA’s Economy Lodging Council and Council of Inns & Suites. From 2005-2007, He has also been senior vice president of lodging and franchising Kapoor and Kapoor Hospitality Consultants (2005-2007) and president and COO of AdVantis Hospitality Alliance (2007-2010).
NOTE: Individual releases on each of the individuals named above are available upon request. Contact or call 517-318-2359.

About American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institution
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.

Elizabeth Johnson 
Senior Marketing Manager 
American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute 
2113 North High Street, Lansing MI 48906 
Phone: 517-318-2359 
Fax: 517-372-5141
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