Next month, I’ll be passing the torch as AAHOA Chairman to a new leader. During my year as Chairman, I focused on innovative solutions for the issues that face the hospitality industry. We’re just getting started, and I know the next leadership team will continue the game-changing work AAHOA is doing.
Some of my top priorities as Chairman included collaborating with brands to ensure contracts are fair, working to give AAHOA Members a seat at the table as true business leaders, and executing new revenue streams to protect the association for future generations.
One way we worked to ensure contracts are fair was through AAHOA’s revised 12 Points of Fair Franchising. The 12 Points continue our mission and commitment to educate AAHOA Members, helping to fulfill our vision to be the foremost advocate and resource for America’s hotel owners. Ultimately, the updated 12 Points reflect the current business landscape and the long-term, mutually beneficial relationship between industry franchisors and franchisees.
Also, during my tenure, I’ve helped AAHOA work toward launching a library of resources and tools that truly help hoteliers advance their businesses, and remain a fierce advocate and resource for small business owners and hoteliers everywhere.
No matter what position I hold, I always will continue to work on behalf of the members who make such a tremendous impact in the hotel industry.
When it comes to fair franchising, it was important to me to try to level the playing field and communicate with the brands. When they make money, hoteliers make money, and if we make more revenue, they’re going to get paid more. So, during the past few months, I worked hard at prioritizing maximizing revenue.
We also brought more than 100 AAHOA leaders to meet with dozens of members of Congress in Washington, D.C., to advocate not only on behalf of our industry, but on behalf of AAHOA’s nearly 20,000 members. Whether it was advocating for SBA financing, private right of action, labor shortages, or H2B visas, AAHOA has been working with the highest levels of government to help your bottom line.
I’m so thankful for the opportunity to have represented AAHOA membership and our ever-enduring industry as AAHOA Chairman. But, no matter what position I hold, I always will continue to work on behalf of the members who make such a tremendous impact in the hotel industry.