California Hotel & Lodging Association Elects New Members to Board of Directors

California Hotel & Lodging Association

Indian Wells, Calif. - The California Hotel & Lodging Association (CH&LA) elected its 2014 Board of Directors at today’s annual meeting at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort and Spa in Palm Springs. The nominating committee presented six candidates for consideration to the Board of Directors, who subsequently elected all nominees. Those joining the CH&LA Board of Directors include Laurenne Douglas, Director of Operations for Pacific Plaza Hotels; Paul Gibbs, CHA, General Manager of the Crowne Plaza LAX; Hee Won Lim, General Manager of the Pacific Palms Resort; Elvin Lai, Owner of Ocean Park Inn Hotel; RJ Mayer, Chairman of the Robert Mayer Corporation; and John Schafer, General Manager of the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego.

The CH&LA Board of Directors is chaired this year by Bimal Patel, CHA of Concept Hotel Group in Menlo Park. Returning directors include Bhupen Amin, Lotus Hotels & Investments; Rick Anderson, Casa Tropicana Boutique Hotel (Immediate Past Chair); Luis Barrios, Best Western Hacienda Old Town; Ed Bear, AutoClerk, Inc.; René Boskoff, Monterey Marriott (Gov’t & Legal Relations Committee Chair); Peter Ells, Ojai Valley Inn & Spa; Mike Getto, CHA, The Hills Hotel; Terri Haack, Terranea Resort (Vice Chair); Jon Handlery, CHA, Handlery Union Square Hotel; Richard Hill, Sheraton Grand Sacramento; David Jones, Ph.D., University of San Francisco; Tom Klein, The Fairmont San Francisco (Secretary/Treasurer); Mark LeBlanc, Rim Hospitality, Inc.; J. Peter Lynn, Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel; Peggy Mosley, The Groveland Hotel; Michael Pace, Hotel Adagio; Pragna Patel-Mueller, Samata Management, Inc.; Tom Patton, CHA, Ramada Limited; Steve Robbins, CHA, San Pedro Historic Waterfront Business Improvement District (Audit & Investment Committee Chair); Candace Savage, MHS, USA Today; Pat Seminario, Marriott Int’l; John Spear, Hotel Drisco; Marcy Tanner, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel; Scott VandenBerg, Hyatt Regency Sacramento; Wes Tyler, CHA, Chancellor Hotel on Union Square; and Jeffrey Thurrell, Fisher & Phillips (Special Counsel to the Board of Directors).

These individuals, together with the existing Board of Directors, represent the diverse leadership of the California lodging industry, including owners, operators, corporate and management company representatives, as well as vendors/suppliers and hospitality educators. 

“CH&LA only becomes stronger with this new group of directors,” said Board Chair Patel.  “It’s truly an honor to lead the association into the coming year with such a true reflection of the California lodging industry directing the association’s efforts.”  

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The California Hotel & Lodging Association (CH&LA) was established in 1893 and is a Partner State Association of the American Hotel & Lodging Association. It represents all segments of the lodging industry including the California Association of Boutique & Breakfast Inns - California’s largest association of professional innkeepers and certified bed and breakfast inns. CH&LA is the leading resource for communicating and protecting the rights and interests of the California lodging industry. CH&LA is on the web at