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 2019

  • President & Chairman of the Board – Blair Allen, Hospitality Group LLC, Little Rock
  • Vice President – Jay Lallu,  Days Inn, Fordyce & Cabot
  • Secretary/Treasurer – Annette Nichols, Hyatt Place, Rogers

ALA Board-Terms to Expire in 2023

  • Shash Goyal, i Square Management, Little Rock
  • Phyllis Kloski, Wingate by Wyndham, Little Rock
  • Kem Merrel, Merrell & Associates, Forrest City
  • Robert Shamburger, S.E. Management, LLP, Hot Springs
  • Alan Sims, Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa, Hot Springs
  • Dusti Yarber, La Quinta Inn & Suites, Russellville

ALA Board-Terms to Expire in 2022

  • Becky Bariola, Mount Magazine State Park, Paris
  • Cookie Desai , Best Western Jacksonville Inn, Jacksonville
  • Nick Nagin, Pinnacle Hotel Group, Little Rock

 ALA Board-Terms to Expire in 2021

  • Lisa Best, Hampton Inn, Harrison
  • Veronica Post, Wine Country Cottage, Altus
  • Michael Sindelar, DeGray Lake Resort State Park Lodge, Bismark

ALA Board-Terms to Expire in 2020

  • Gary Patel, Super 8, Searcy

Past Presidents

  • Judy Adam,  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
  • Michael Chaffin, Capital Hotel, Little Rock
  • Ricky Johnson, Quality Inn & Suites, Mountain Home
  • David Lang, Little Rock Marriott, Little Rock
  • Becki Lewis, Wyndham Riverfront, North Little Rock
  • Chet Patel, Pinnacle Hotel Group, Little Rock
  • Jim Shamburger Jr., Best Western, Hot Springs
  • Kurt Schatzl, Hilton Garden Inn – Downtown, Little Rock
  • 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