CH&LA Leadership

The California Hotel & Lodging Association is a membership organization that is directed through the dedication and commitment of its volunteer leadership and a very capable team. Together, this leadership guides the association’s mission to the benefit of both the members and the entire industry. 

CH&LA Board of Directors

Bhupen Amin

Chief Operating Officer

Lotus Hotels & Investments

Luis C. Barrios

General Manager

Best Western Plus Hacienda Hotel Old Town, San Diego

Ed Bear

Vice President & Co-Founder

AutoClerk, Inc.

Laurenne Douglas

Director of Operations

Pacific Plaza Hotels

Pete Ells

Managing Director

Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

Mike Getto, CHA

Director of Sales & Marketing

The Hills Hotel

Paul Gibbs, CHA

General Manager

Crowne Plaza LAX

Jon Handlery, CHA

Senior Vice President

Handlery Hotels, Inc.

Richard Hill

General Manager

Sheraton Grand Sacramento

David Jones

Director, Hospitality Management Program

University of San Francisco

Elvin Lai


Ocean Park Inn

Marc LeBlanc

Senior Vice President Business Development

The Rim Corporation

Hee Won Lim

General Manager

Pacific Palms Hotel

J. Peter Lynn

General Manager

Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel

RJ Mayer, Jr.


The Robert Mayer Corporation

Peggy Mosley


The Groveland Hotel, Inc.

Michael Pace

General Manager

Hotel Adagio

Pragna Patel-Mueller


Samata Management, Inc.

Tom Patton, CHA

General Manager

Ramada Limited Santa Barbara

Candace Savage, MHS

Regional Sales Director

USA Today

John Schafer

General Manager

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

Pat Seminario

Market Director of Human Resources

Newport Beach/Irvine/Bayview/Costa Mesa Marriott Hotels

John Spear

General Manager

Hotel Drisco

Marcy Tanner

Director, Lodging Line of Business, Disney Parks

Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel

Jeffrey Thurrell

Attorney at Law

Fisher & Phillips, LLP

Wes Tyler

General Manager

Chancellor Hotel on Union Square

Scott VandenBerg

General Manager

Hyatt Regency Sacramento