The Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) will move into its next quarter century with a continued commitment to excellence in hospitality and a renewed passion for serving hotel owners. The first 25 years of AAHOA were marked by growth rarely seen among national associations. Starting with just small handful of dedicated hotel owners, AAHOA is now the largest hotel owners association in the world. Much of this incredible growth can be directly attributed to the efforts of AAHOA President Fred Schwartz.
When Fred Schwartz took the helm as President of AAHOA, the organization had only 4000 members. Today, AAHOA has almost 13,000 members who own more than 40% of all U.S. hotels. Schwartz's guidance has helped create an association properly described as the voice of hotel owners in the hospitality industry.
Now after 18 years leading the association, Schwartz will be moving to his next career opportunity, sometime around the New Year, and AAHOA will begin the process of identifying a new leader.
"Fred Schwartz has been the single most influential leader in AAHOA's history. Much of what our association has achieved is directly related to his almost two decade's worth of effort." said AAHOA Chairman Pratik Patel. "When he began as the President of AAHOA, we were relatively unknown in the lodging industry. Today our association is recognized as the most powerful voice among hotel owners. Fred will always be a special part of the AAHOA family and we look forward to what the future holds for him."
Schwartz is proud of where AAHOA stands today, as a major force in hospitality.
"What we have been able to accomplish is nothing short of amazing. I'd like to think our work at AAHOA has not only supported tens of thousands of small business owners through the years, but transformed much of the lodging industry along the way. I am honored to have played a part in what we have accomplished over the last eighteen years. The position of President has always been more than a job for me - it's meant being immersed gladly and joyously in a unique culture, a proud heritage, and a generous community." said AAHOA President Fred Schwartz.
AAHOA is expected to soon begin a national search for the next AAHOA President. Schwartz will likely stay with the Association at least through the end of 2014.