William “Chip” Rogers will replace Katherine Lugar as president and ceo of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), effective in the new year. Most recently serving as president of AAHOA since 2014, the industry veteran comes to the association with over 20 years of experience.
In his role at AAHOA, Rogers led a team of more than 30 members with an annual budget of $15 million, and he grew the association’s overall membership by 30% and revenue by 62%. He also sits on the board of directors for the United States Travel Association, Community Leaders of America and the California Hotel & Lodging Association. Prior to joining AAHOA, Rogers served in the Georgia General Assembly for 10 years and was unanimously elected as Senate majority leader in 2008 and 2010.
“Chip has done an outstanding job at AAHOA, this success is recognized by our stakeholders; brands, owners, management companies, state associations and independents,” says AHLA chair Mark Carrier, president of B.F. Saul Co. Hospitality Group. “I have confidence that he will build on that success at AHLA. Under Chip’s leadership, we’re well positioned for the future.”
“I’m truly grateful for my time at AAHOA and working with the great people who make up the association. I could not be more excited to work with the talented team and outstanding members of the American Hotel & Lodging Association,” says Rogers. “It’s a special opportunity to join this industry-leading organization. Katherine [Lugar, the association’s current president and ceo,] has established great momentum with a superb team. The recent victories with passage of short-term rental regulations in markets across the country are milestones. With the foundation of success established, I’m confident that the AHLA will continue to grow in impact and engagement.”
AAHOA and AHLA have worked together for many years advocating on behalf of the hotel and lodging industry. Both organizations have held joint advocacy days each year for the past several years, and AAHOA’s incoming chairwoman, Jagruti Panwala, currently sits on AHLA’s board.
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