Jon Albano is the Founder and CEO of the LodgingMetrics dashboard for hotels, and host of the Lodging Leaders podcast.
For more than 13 years, he defined Membership Services for AAHOA, one of the fastest-growing organizations in the hospitality industry, with more than 12,500 members owning more than 20,000 hotels that total $128 billion in property value. After effectively executing 13 national conventions, hundreds of regional trade shows, and attending numerous industry events, Jon is recognized by many as a leading hospitality needs expert in bringing owners and vendors together for mutual gain.
As Vice President of Membership, he led the Membership, Education & Professional Development, Public Relations & Communications, and Information Technology departments. Jon used his engineering background and passion for efficiencies to improve staff productivity and enhanced members’ experience by implementing countless technology solutions, designing custom software, and overseeing the development of multiple websites and mobile applications.
Ginny Morrison of Evanston, Illinois, is a 33-year veteran of Spire Hospitality, a hotel management company with a portfolio that spans coast-to-coast. As vice president of sales and marketing, Morrison saw the coronavirus pandemic decimate the meetings business. More than a year later, she’s witnessing a comeback as small-meeting planners are actively booking events for the last half of 2021 and beyond. As public health agencies expand COVID-19 vaccination programs across the U.S. and states ease up on public-gathering restrictions designed to keep the virus at bay, the hotel industry is seeing small meetings begin a comeback. In Episode 317, Long Live Lodging covers the state of the small-meetings sector and how hotels can grab their share of the meetings business during and post-pandemic. This report is part of our ongoing coverage about the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the hospitality industry.
The Hunter Hotel Investment Conference will be the industry’s first large event to be held during the coronavirus pandemic. The Atlanta event will be a hybrid format of in-person and virtual access, also an industry first. Lee Hunter, chairman of the conference, knows the level of expectation is high among other conference planners as well as industry professionals eager to network after more than a yearlong hiatus. Episode 316 of Lodging Leaders podcast features Hunter as he tells what it takes to re-launch the industry’s conference circuit amid the COVID-19 outbreak.