Cecil P. Staton
AAHOA President & CEO
As our nation continues to navigate the evolving landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic, AAHOA is prepared to undertake the challenges ahead. In fact, we refer to our resilience, in evidence as the crisis has evolved, as “AAHOA strong.” Our association was created out of the need to address discrimination and inequality Asian Americans faced in the hospitality industry more than 30 years ago. AAHOA’s founding members did not succumb to the circumstances of their time but rather collaborated to reshape the reality they faced.
Today, the challenges our industry faces are unprecedented, yet I maintain the utmost confidence in our ability to use that same original AAHOA determination to confront those challenges. At AAHOA we lift each other up, and the efforts of countless members, volunteers, and our AAHOA team continue to embody what makes us great. Over the past few months, we have adapted to unprecedented need and we have fulfilled our role as the voice of America’s hoteliers at every turn. Throughout the crisis, AAHOA has not only monitored but has acted to address the needs of our members and the hospitality industry as a whole.
AAHOA Members are dispersed throughout the country, yet my experiences throughout this difficult time constantly reaffirm the unity and resiliency of the AAHOA community. Hotel owners across the country are experiencing challenges unique to their properties and state guidelines as regions of the country begin to reopen. With our AAHOA team working at both the state and federal level, we constantly monitor and update AAHOA Members with the information, guidance, and services unique to every situation.
If you are experiencing challenges with your business, I encourage you to visit our COVID-19 resource center or contact us at [email protected].
The AAHOA community is here for you, and we thank you all for everything you do for our industry. We are all in this together. And yes, I’m confident we’ll all pull through these times AAHOA strong.