WASHINGTON—The American Lodge & Lodging Affiliation introduced 5 promotions amongst its management crew.
Matt Service was promoted to senior vp of federal affairs, coverage, and analysis. On this function, Service will lead AHLA’s federal advocacy crew, with a deal with 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 resort trade, most just lately at Marriott Worldwide.
Sarah Bratko was promoted to vp, state and native authorities affairs and coverage counsel. On this function, Bratko will assist develop and develop AHLA’s state and native coverage crew, which has been a 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 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 labored on 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 is going to assume expanded duties for the general technique, administration, and execution of all AHLA and AHLA Basis packages, 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 and member engagement. On this newly created function, Pravlik will probably be liable 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 assets. An AHLA veteran of almost 13 years, Pravlik is positioned to leverage her expertise in numerous roles associated to conferences and occasions, partnerships, and member relations.
Kat Fonda was promoted to senior director, federal affairs. This promotion acknowledges her contributions to AHLA’s federal advocacy work in areas reminiscent of labor rules, 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 are a part of a rising AHLA crew that has performed a task on behalf of the resort 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 voice of America’s lodges and stays engaged in coverage points affecting hoteliers in any respect ranges of presidency.
“These promotions are extremely nicely deserved and can assist AHLA proceed delivering high notch advocacy, member providers, and communications help to hoteliers all through the nation,” mentioned AHLA President and CEO Chip Rogers.