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, representing various cross sections of the hospitality industry in Houston.

Tom Jamison

Chair

Hotel Consultant

TOM HARWELL

Treasurer

The Lancaster

JACQUES D'ROVENCOURT

Chair Elect

Hilton Americas Houston

Loris Menfi

Sergeant-At-Arms

JW Marriott Galleria

KERRY RINGHAM

First Vice Chair

Westin Houston Memorial City

CHARLES WATTS

Immediate Past Chair

Marriott Hobby Area

MAGGIE ROSA

Secretary

C. Baldwin Hotel

STEPHANIE HAYNES

President

HLAGH

BAY AREA HOUSTON

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BILL DALLESKE

Area Director

Hilton NASA/Clear Lake

GREENSPOINT/IAH/NORTH

Sumit Dalwadi

Area Director

Dalwadi Hospitality

SOUTHWEST/STAFFORD/SUGAR LAND

ALBERTO RAMOS

Area Director

Hilton Near the Galleria

CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT

TOM SEGESTA

Area Director

Four Seasons Houston

HOBBY AIRPORT

Helen Bonsall

HELEN PERRONE-BONSALL

Area Director

DoubleTree by Hilton Hobby Airport

WESTCHASE/WEST/PARK 10/KATY AREA

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Area Director

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EAST/BAYTOWN AREA

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Area Director

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MEDICAL CENTER/RELIANT

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Area Director

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WILLOWBROOK/CYPRESS

SAL BHAKTA

Area Director

PSB Hospitality Solutions

GALLERIA/GREENWAY AREA

William Venegas

Area Director

DoubleTree Guest Suites Galleria

NORTHWEST/BROOKHOLLOW

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Nicholas Albers

Area Director

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Northwest

THE WOODLANDS AREA

FRED DOMENICK

Area Director

The Woodlands Waterway Marriott & Conference Center

SCOTT COTTON

Marriott Marquis

GRACE JACOBSON

Jacobson Hotels

MICHAEL DECANIO

The St. Regis Houston

AJAY PATEL

Pika Hotels

DONALD HARRIS

Sheraton Houston West

HASU PATEL

Venture Hotel Group

FAISAL KAMAL

Aimbridge Hospitality

STEVE SMITH

Hyatt Regency Houston

BRECK HAMROCK

Allied Director

HD Supply Facilities Maintenance

JO HART

Allied Director

Consultant

SCOTT MARTIN

Allied Director

Scott Equipment

LISA ROTH

Allied Director

Montgomery Roth Architecture

TOM SEGESTA

Visit Houston

ROSE HARSHFIELD

SMG - NRG Park

BRENDA BAZAN

Houston First

DR. DENNIS REYNOLDS

University of Houston - Conrad N. Hilton College

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Visit Houston

MELISSA STEWART

Greater Houston Restaurant Association

JOHN ABODEELY

Houston Arts Alliance

SCOTT JOSLOVE

Texas Hotel & Lodging Association

Kyle Ariza 2

KYLE ARIZA

Past Chair

International Rotary House

NELSON GUMM

Past Chair

AJR Media Group

NICK MASSAD JR.

Past Chair

American Liberty Hospitality

FERNANDO CUELLAR

Past Chair

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DONALD J. HENDERSON

Past Chair

DJH Consulting, LLC

TOM NETTING

Past Chair

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PETE ELLS

Past Chair

Royal Sonesta Houston

DOUG HORN

Past Chair

The Houstonian Estates

Helen Bonsall

HELEN PERRONE-BONSALL

Past Chair

DoubleTree By Hilton Hobby Airport

HARRY GREENBLATT

Past Chair

Pyramid Hotel Group

JOHN KEELING

Past Chair

Valencia Group

LOUISE UPSHAW-MCCLENNY

Past Chair

Global Marketing Services, Inc.