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HLAGH Board of Directors is comprised of over 50 members, representing various cross sections of the hospitality industry in the Greater Houston area. Members are elected for two-year terms and serve on an alternating schedule. Nominations are accepted each October.

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Ramon Ventura-Guzman | General Manager, JW Mariott Galleria
Chair Elect
Jennifer Gohagan | General Manager, The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel
First Vice Chair
William Venegas | Complex General Manager, Hilton Houston North / Marriott Houston North
Steven Terrebonne | General Manager, The Moran
Rosa Tang | General Manager, The Rotary House
John Schafer | Managing Director, Hyatt Regency Houston Downtown
Immediate Past Chair
Jacques D’Rovencourt | General Manager, Hilton Americas-Houston
Director | Bay Area
Alberto Ramos | General Manager, Hilton Houston NASA / Clear Lake
Director | Central Business District
Tom Segesta | General Manager, The Four Seasons
Director | Galleria / Greenway
Marco Foelske | General Manager, Hilton Houston Post Oak Hotel
Director | Hobby
Chris Pool | General Manager, DoubleTree by Hilton Houston Hobby Airport
Director | Medical Center / NRG Park
Sumit Dalwadi | President, Dalwadi Hospitality
Director | North / IAH
Dennis Doherty | General Manager, Houston Marriott Airport Marriott at George Bush Intercontinental Airport
Director | Northwest / Brookhollow
Nicholas Albers | Regional General Manager, Oldham Goodwin Group
Director | Southwest / Sugar Land
Bill Dalleske | General Manager, Houston Marriott Sugar Land
Director | The Woodlands
Mark Sampsell | General Manager, CityPlace Marriott at Springwoods Village
Director | Westchase, West Park 10, Katy
Jason Grisham | General Manager, Embassy Suites Houston West
Director | Select Service
Hasu D. Patel | Venture Hotel Group / SIMA
Director | At Large
Ajay Patel | President, Pika Hotels
Director | At Large
Faisal Kamal | Regional Vice President of Operations, Aimbridge Hospitality
Director | At Large
Brian Scibberas | General Manager, Westin Houston Downtown
Director | At Large
Rick Gaylean | General Manager, Hilton at the University of Houston
Director | At Large
Chris Miller | Complex General Manager, Hampton Inn / Homewood Suites Houston Downtown
Director | At Large
Erica Gonzalez | General Manager, Best Western Houston Downtown
Director | Allied
Sam Kandiyoti | President, Fulgore Construction
Director | Allied
Grace Jacobson | NewGen Advisory, LLC
Director | Allied
Lisa Roth | Principal, Montgomery Roth Architecture & Interior Design
Director | Allied
Garhett Marr | Branch Manager, Houston Versacor Enterprises, LLC
Director | Allied
Jonathan Alonso | Owner, H-Town Power Washing
Conrad N. Hilton College of Global Hospitality Leadership
Dr. Dennis Reynolds, Dean
Greater Houston Chapter – Texas Restaurant Association
Christina Robbins | Executive Director
Houston Arts Alliance
John Abodeely | Chief Executive Officer
Houston First
Michael Heckman | President & CEO
Houston Hospitality Alliance
Jonathan Horowitz | President
NRG Park
Rose Harshfield | Director of Sales
Texas Hotel & Lodging Association
Scott Joslove | President & CEO
Chair 2020-2021
Tom Jamison, | General Manager, Hyatt Regency Houston West
Chair 2019
Charles Watts | General Manager, Houston Marriott South at Hobby Airport
Chair 2018
Pete Ells | General Manager, The Westin Houston Memorial City
Chair 2015
John Keeling | Executive Vice President, Valencia Hotel Group
Chair 2005-2006
Louise Upshaw-McClenny | Owner, Achievers Learning Group, Ltd.
Chair 2000-2001
Douglas M. Horn | CEO, DM Horn Consulting