The American Lodge & Lodging Affiliation at present introduced 5 promotions amongst its management staff:
Matt Service was promoted to senior vp of federal affairs, coverage, and analysis. On this function, Service will lead AHLA’s federal advocacy staff, with a concentrate on congressional engagement and regulatory points. Moreover, he’ll proceed to supervise the affiliation’s trade analysis efforts. Service joined AHLA in early 2020 having beforehand spent almost a decade working within the lodge trade, most lately at Marriott Worldwide.
Sarah Bratko was promoted to vp, state & native authorities affairs & coverage counsel. On this function, Bratko will assist develop and increase AHLA’s state & native coverage staff, which has been a essential element of AHLA as it really works to ship advocacy outcomes for hoteliers throughout the nation. Bratko joined AHLA in 2022 from the Rhode Island Hospitality Affiliation and has been a useful useful resource on coverage evaluation for AHLA.
Olivia Klipa was promoted to vp, conferences and occasions. Having joined the group almost eight years in the past, Klipa has been integral within the evolution of AHLA and AHLA Basis occasions, with member engagement alternatives rising to over 100 contact factors yearly. Most notably, Klipa has helped to develop the Basis’s two annual fundraisers to million-dollar occasions. In her new function, she’s going to assume expanded duties for the general technique, administration, and execution of all AHLA and AHLA Basis applications, conferences, and particular occasions and can proceed positioning these engagement factors as a key supply of non-dues income for each entities.
Lauren Pravlik was promoted to vp, committees & member engagement. On this newly created function, Pravlik might be chargeable for technique and progress of AHLA’s Committee portfolio, content-focused teams to drive member engagement via trade alignment on time-sensitive matters, peer networking and the creation of trade sources. An AHLA veteran of almost 13 years, Pravlik is uniquely positioned to leverage her expertise in numerous roles associated to conferences & occasions, partnerships, and member relations.
Kat Fonda was promoted to senior director, federal affairs. This promotion acknowledges her ongoing contributions to AHLA’s federal advocacy work in areas akin to labor laws, trade coalition management, and increasing AHLA’s political affect in Washington, D.C. Fonda joined AHLA in 2023 from Fundraising Inc., the place she served as a fundraising advisor to a number of dozen members of Congress.
The promotions introduced at present are a part of a steadily rising AHLA staff that has performed an more and more essential function on behalf of the lodge trade. Since 2021, the AHLA and AHLA Basis groups have almost doubled in dimension, rising to greater than 85 mixed workers, as AHLA continues to function the singular voice of America’s accommodations and stays deeply engaged in coverage points affecting hoteliers in any respect ranges of presidency.
“These promotions are extremely effectively deserved and can assist AHLA proceed delivering prime notch advocacy, member companies, and communications assist to hoteliers all through the nation,” stated AHLA President & CEO Chip Rogers. “Please be a part of me in congratulating Matt, Sarah, Olivia, Lauren, and Kat on their stellar work to strengthen our trade.”