ABOUT THE HOTEL & LODGING ASSOCIATION OF GREATER HOUSTON

Logo 150 x 105The Hotel & Lodging Association of Greater Houston (HLAGH) is a non-profit organization that represents 300 members comprised of general managers and owners of hotels and motels as well as suppliers, service companies and consultants who sell and service the hospitality industry.

HLAGH is a unified voice representing the hotel and motel industry in governmental affairs on a local, state, and national level as well as provides updates on issues facing our industry.  In addition, the Association works closely with the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau to promote Houston as a convention and tourism destination.

The Association’s objectives include providing a forum for education and networking opportunities through monthly membership meetings, educational seminars, and special events.  HLAGH strongly believes in supporting our community through outreach events.  The Association works to educate future hospitality employees through its mentoring activities and scholarship programs.

MISSION STATEMENT

HLAGH is devoted to representing the interest of the hospitality industry through education, political action, and member benefits that improve the financial position and public awareness of the industry.

ASSOCIATION HISTORY

The Houston Hotel & Motel Association was founded by a handful of hoteliers in the late 60’s as a peer group.  Some of the original hoteliers included Max Peck – GM of the Rice Hotel, Ed Davis – GM of the Lamar Hotel and Ron Hughes – GM of the Shamrock Hotel.

The Association did not have a paid staff and was run by the current President.  In 1971, the Association was granted its tax-free non-profit status.  In the late 70’s, Ed Davis, became the permanent Secretary-Treasurer and ran the Association from his office at the Lamar Hotel .  By then, Associate Members were accepted into the Association.

In the fall of 1981, it was announced that Dr. James Taylor was retiring as founding Dean of the Conrad Hilton College of Hotel & Restaurant Management.  Dr. Taylor was asked to become the first paid staff member.  At the time Dr. Taylor took over the Association, membership consisted of 60 Hotels and 30 Associates Members.

In 1999, Joan Johnson was hired as Interim President and was appointed permanently on January 1, 2000.  The Greater Houston Hotel & Motel Association was renamed in 2001 to the Hotel & Motel Association of Greater Houston.  In July 2005, the Association was renamed the Hotel & Lodging Association of Greater Houston.  With the retirement of Joan Johnson in December 2009, Stephanie Haynes was named President of the Association.

Membership currently consists of over 250 hotels representing approximately 33,000 hotel rooms and 90 allied members.

ECONOMIC IMPACT STUDY

HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY IMPACT
The Texas Office of Economic Development noted that in 2014 visitors to the Greater Houston area spent $17.1 billion, up from $16.2 billion in 2013.  Travelers spent more than $2.6 billion in local area accommodations as well as $2.75 billion in food and restaurant services.

EMPLOYMENT IMPACT
Over 135,000 individuals are employed in a variety of positions, including full & part-time jobs, in the hospitality industry in the Greater Houston Area.

TAX IMPACT
Traveler spending in the greater Houston area generated over $336 million in local taxes for municipalities and counties and $668 million in taxes for the State of Texas.

INDUSTRY REVENUE IMPACT
With over 80,000 guest rooms available, the average occupancy in 2015 was 68.5% with an ADR of $108.65 and RevPar of $74.46.

Source: Texas Office of Economic Development, CBRE Hotels

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The 2016 HLAGH Board of Directors is comprised of over 50 members of representing various cross section of the hospitality industry in Houston.

BARRY SHANK

BARRY SHANK

Chair

Moody National Companies

CHARLES WATTS

CHARLES WATTS

Treasurer

Marriott Houston Westchase

KYLE ARIZA

KYLE ARIZA

Chair Elect

Jesse H Jones Rotary House

TOM NETTING

TOM NETTING

Sergeant-At-Arms

Hyatt Regency Houston

ALFREDO MATOS

ALFREDO MATOS

First Vice Chair

Wyndham Houston Medical Center

JOHN KEELING

JOHN KEELING

Immediate Past Chair

Valencia Group

RYAN GULLION

RYAN GULLION

Secretary

Hotel Alessandra

STEPHANIE HAYNES

STEPHANIE HAYNES

President

H&LAGH

BAY AREA HOUSTON

SAL BHAKTA

SAL BHAKTA

Chair

PSB Hospitality Solutions

GREENSPOINT/IAH/NORTH

TOM JAMISON

TOM JAMISON

Chair

Hyatt Regency North

WILLOWBROOK/CYPRESS

BOB PERKINS

BOB PERKINS

Chair

La Quinta Inn & Suites

CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT

TOM SEGESTA

TOM SEGESTA

Chair

Four Seasons Houston

HOBBY AIRPORT

ROGER RADTKE

ROGER RADTKE

Chair

Marriott Houston Hobby Airport

SOUTHWEST/STAFFORD/SUGAR LAND

JEFFREY OBOMEGHIE

JEFFREY OBOMEGHIE

Chair

Marriott Sugar Land Town Square

EAST/BAYTOWN AREA

MARI VASQUEZ

MARI VASQUEZ

Chair

Holiday Inn Houston East

MEDICAL CENTER/RELIANT

DEAN CALLAHAN

DEAN CALLAHAN

Chair

Marriott Houston Medical Center

THE WOODLANDS AREA

FRED DOMENICK

FRED DOMENICK

Chair

The Woodlands Waterway Marriott & Conference Center

GALLERIA/GREENWAY AREA

RYAN LASKEY

RYAN LASKEY

Chair

Westin Galleria & Westin Oaks

NORTHWEST/BROOKHOLLOW

TOM HARWELL

TOM HARWELL

Chair

Sheraton Houston Brookhollow

WESTCHASE/WEST/PARK 10/KATY AREA

FAISAL KAMAL

FAISAL KAMAL

Chair

Embassy Suites Energy Corridor

SCOTT COTTON

SCOTT COTTON

Director At Large

Marriott Marquis

JOE PALMIERI

JOE PALMIERI

Director At Large

Hilton Americas - Houston

PETE ELLS

PETE ELLS

Director At Large

Royal Sonesta Houston

AJAY PATEL

AJAY PATEL

Director At Large

Pika Hotels

GRACE JACOBSON

GRACE JACOBSON

Director At Large

Jacobson Hotels

HASU PATEL

HASU PATEL

Limited Service Director

Best Western - Northwest

RON LAMERS

RON LAMERS

Director At Large

The St. Regis Houston

BRECK HAMROCK

BRECK HAMROCK

Allied Director

HD Supply Facilities Maintenance

SONYA YEGLIN

SONYA YEGLIN

Allied Director

Cintas

JO HART

JO HART

Allied Director

J&S Audio Visual

SCOTT MARTIN

SCOTT MARTIN

Allied Director

Scott Equipment

LISA ROTH

LISA ROTH

Allied Director

Montgomery Roth Architecture

NICK MASSAD JR.

NICK MASSAD JR.

Chair

Greater Houston Convention & VIsitors Bureau

DR. DENNIS REYNOLDS

DR. DENNIS REYNOLDS

Dean

University of Houston Conrad N. Hilton College

MELISSA STEWART

MELISSA STEWART

Director

Greater Houston Restaurant Association

MIKE WATERMAN

MIKE WATERMAN

Chair

Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau

JONATHAN GLUS

JONATHAN GLUS

President & CEO

Houston Arts Alliance

DAWN ULLRICH

DAWN ULLRICH

President

Houston First

SCOTT JOSLOVE

SCOTT JOSLOVE

President & CEO

Texas Hotel & Lodging Association

BARBARA BEATON

BARBARA BEATON

Director of Sales

SMG - NRG Park

REID WILSON

REID WILSON

Legal Counsel

Wilson, Cribbs and Goren, PC

HELEN BONSALL

HELEN BONSALL

Past Chair

Double Tree By Hilton Hobby Airport

FERNANDO CUELLAR

FERNANDO CUELLAR

Past Chair

Hilton Hotel University of Houston

DONALD J. HENDERSON

DONALD J. HENDERSON

Past Chair

DJH Consulting, LLC

NELSON GUMM

NELSON GUMM

Past Chair

AJR Media Group

LOUISE UPSHAW-MCCLENNY

LOUISE UPSHAW-MCCLENNY

Past Chair

Global Marketing Services, Inc.

JOAN JOHNSON

JOAN JOHNSON

Past Chair

MJ Consulting

TOM MATHEWS

TOM MATHEWS

Past Chair

Crowne Plaza Galleria Area

GEORGE GICK

GEORGE GICK

Past Chair

American Liberty Hospitality

HARRY GREENBLATT

HARRY GREENBLATT

Past Chair

Pyramid Hotel Group

TOM ROSEPINK

TOM ROSEPINK

Past Chair

TJR Hospitality Services

DOUG HORN

DOUG HORN

Past Chair

The Houstonian Estates

NICK MASSAD JR.

NICK MASSAD JR.

Past Chair

American Liberty Hospitality