Scott Anderson, President High Country Hospitality
Scott is an acknowledged expert on hospitality, internet marketing, customer service and a myriad of hospitality related subjects. As the President of High Country Hospitality, he is often called upon to be an expert witness, motivational speaker or consultant to Full Service Hotels and Resorts, Limited Service Hotels, Mixed Use Developments, Golf Course facilities and Shared Ownership facilities. His event experience and management expertise has been in demand since Scott served as Managing Director of Games Services for the 1996 Olympic Games and General Chairman of the 2010 PGA Championship. http://www.highcountryhospitality.com
Pamela Barnhill is President of InnSuites Hospitality Trust (NYSE: IHT) where she owns and manages 8 hotels with 400 employees and also provides marketing, reservation services and trademark licensing for an additional 53 boutique hotels through InnSuites Boutique Hotel Collection. Each InnSuites Boutique Collection Hotel is independently owned and operated. InnSuites Hospitality Trust is headquartered in Phoenix Arizona. http://www.ibchotel.com
Raj Dhillon, Vice President
President/Owner of Dhillon Hotels & Montana Lodging Investments.
Mr. Dhillon owns and manages hotels in Montana and North Dakota.
Aaron D. Faust
Aaron D. Faust is a Founding and Managing Partner at Terroir Capital. Prior to this, Aaron worked at CSI Capital Management, helping to oversee non-public investments, and before this, as a corporate attorney. He serves as Manager of Terroir Hotel and Resort Management LLC, Terroir Partners LLC, and Terroir Partners II LLC, the General Partner of Terroir Hotel & Resort Funds I and II and the Terroir Winery Fund LP, respectively, and sits on the boards of several portfolio companies. Terroir Capital invests in, develops, and operates luxury boutique hotels worldwide.
Aaron received his undergraduate degree in Political Science with Distinction in General Scholarship from the University of California at Berkeley and is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center. He is a member of the State Bar of California.
Founder of the Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association (BLLA), Frances Kiradjian, a 25-year hospitality and travel industry seasoned professional, created BLLA to give a voice to boutique & lifestyle properties and small brands, offering them the opportunity and the means to compete on a level playing field with major hotel companies. BLLA serves more than 500 members including hotels and the suppliers that sustain them.
Ms. Kiradjian’s travel experience cuts across various areas of the industry, but always with a razor-sharp focus on the hospitality sector. Her creative marketing, sales, and consulting skills have netted proven successes in brand positioning, product, service promotion and awareness programs, and corporate, client and profit maximization campaigns.
Marin Management, Inc.
John is president of Marin Management in Sausalito, has nearly 30 years experience in the lodging industry. His career includes 11 years in food-and-beverage operations as well as sales with Westin Hotels and Resorts. He previously served as Vice President for two major hotel development and management companies in Dallas: Metro Hotels, Inc. and Mariner Corporation. Manderfeld holds the Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA) designation and is recognized by the Educational Institute of the American Hotel & Lodging Association. He is a public speaker and has presented seminars for the most prominent trade associations in the lodging industry. He is also a trainer and technical author, having developed numerous training programs and procedural manuals. John manages numerous independently owned hotels and brings his hotel management experience to ILIA. www.hotelpros.biz
Howard Mathews, President
Golden Bear Inn , Berkeley CA.
Since 1972, Mathews has owned or managed 30 motels and hotels from a 22-unit property in North Lake Tahoe to a 310-unit full-service Ramada Inn in Salt Lake City. With his more than 30 years experience and knowledge of the industry, Mathews counsels lodging property investors on how to run a profitable operation. Mathews has been qualified and employed by the California Municipal and Superior Courts as an expert witness in the hotel and motel industry and also in the hotel and motel brokerage business. He is a long-time active member of CLIA (California Lodging Industry Association) and served as CLIA’S president in 1997 and 2010. www.goldenbearinn.com
Meg O’Leary, Secretary
Big Sky Resort, Montana
Meg is the Director of Sales & Marketing for Montana’s largest destination resort Big Sky Resort. For over 20 years, she’s passionately focused on bringing people to one of the most beautiful parts of our country right next to Yellowstone National Park. Currently overseeing a team of 13 bright sales and marketing experts with ambitious goals to bring the company out of it’s “recession”. www.bigskyresort.com
Council Member Sandia Pueblo, New Mexico; Pueblo Governor January 2000- January 2006.
Sandia Resort & Casino, Bobcat Ranch. www.sandiapueblo.nsn.us
JJM Group Hotels, Wyoming.
Narender is the President and CEO of JJM Group Hotels where he owns, operates, and manages branded hotels. Each hotel property is independently owned and operated. Mr. Taneja brings his years of experience as an owner/operator of independently owned franchises to ILIA. www.jjmgrouphotels.com
Amsterdam Hospitality: New York, New Jersey, North Carolina
Mr. Wertman serves as Director, Acquisition and Asset Management and General Counsel of Amsterdam Hospitality Group. Mr. Wertman, is responsible for operational, strategic and legal matters for Amsterdam Hospitality Group an elegant group of boutique hotels in New York City, Asbury Park and Charlotte. In addition, Mr. Wertman is responsible for the legal matters related to the Company’s transactional and corporate activities. www.nychotels.com or www.amsterdamhospitality.com
Joe Wolosz, Treasurer
Chablis Inn, Napa, California
Joe identifies with hotels. Raised in a hotel family, Wolosz has spent his life participating in operations, development, management, and ownership. This experience affords him an in-depth understanding of the intricacies of hotel operations, valuations, financing, and franchise. He draws from this rich experience serving his clients as President of Passport Hotel Group, Inc., a real estate firm specializing in hotel transactions. Wolosz is also the owner of the Holiday Inn Express in Fortuna, CA and the Chablis Inn in Napa, CA. www.chablisinn.com