AR Lodging Association

The Arkansas Lodging Association is committed to representing, educating and advancing the goals of the hotel and lodging industry in our state. It is one of the three components of the Arkansas Hospitality Association, along with the Restaurant Association and the Travel Council.

The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), serving the hospitality industry for nearly a century, AH&LA is the sole national association representing all sectors and stakeholders in the lodging industry. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AH&LA provides members with national advocacy on Capitol Hill as well as high-visibility networking events and industry-acclaimed publications. Members also receive discounts from the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute, the premier provider of hospitality training and certifications worldwide, and on nationally recognized products and services, increasing operational efficiency and delivering bottom line results.

Arkansas Lodging Association Officers and Board Members for 2016

  • President – Michael Chaffin, Capital Hotel, Little Rock
  • Vice President – Bob Martorana, Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa, Hot Springs
  • Secretary  Chet Patel, Pinnacle Hotel Group, Little Rock
  • Treasurer – Blair Allen, Goff & Associates, Little Rock

ALA Board-Terms to Expire in 2020

  • Larry Carpenter, Carpenter Hotel Group, Little Rock
  • Michael Hickerson, Courtyard by Marriott, Little Rock
  • Richie Mata, Hilton Garden Inn, West Little Rock
  • Annette Nichols, Hyatt Place, Rogers
  • Gary Patel, Super 8, Searcy
  • Bill Spencer, Little Rock Marriott, Little Rock

ALA Board-Terms to Expire in 2019

  • Shash Goyal, Best Western, Stuttgart
  • Jay Lallu,  Days Inn, Fordyce & Cabot
  • Kem Merrell, Merrell & Associates, Forrest City
  • Robert Shamburger, S.E. Management, LLP, Hot Springs

ALA Board-Terms to Expire in 2018

  • Nick Nagin, Pinnacle Hotel Group, Little Rock

 ALA Board-Terms to Expire in 2017

  • Ray Rosset, Lookout Point Lakeside Inn, Hot Springs

Past Presidents

  • Judy Adam, Guesthouse Inn, Little Rock
  • Benny Baker, Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa, Hot Springs
  • Pati Brown, Mountain Harbor Resort, Mount Ida
  • Jed Bullock, Best Western Eureka Inn, Eureka Springs
  • Linda Collins Smith, Days Inn & Suites, Pocahontas
  • Bill Fortune, Fortune Inn and Suites, Newport
  • Ricky Johnson, Comfort Inn, Mountain Home
  • David Lang, Embassy Suites of Northwest Arkansas, Rogers
  • Becki Lewis, Wyndham Riverfront, North Little Rock
  • Linus Raines, Green Stamp America, Inc., Little Rock
  • Jim Shamburger Jr., Best Western, Hot Springs
  • Kurt Schatzl, Embassy Suites, Hot Springs
  • David Smith, Red Apple Inn, Hot Springs
  • Randy Wolfinbarger, Best Western Inn of the Ozarks, Eureka Springs

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Industry Links

American Hotel & Lodging Association
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