Judy Maxwell is a veteran news journalist of more than 30 years. She has been a staff writer and editor at newspapers in Pennsylvania and Georgia. Most of her career has been dedicated to covering business news and events. Over the past seven years, Judy has worked with Asian Media Group, publisher of Asian Hospitality, a B2B trade magazine that covers the hotel industry and caters to the Asian American hotel community. Judy was managing editor of AMG’s U.S.-based operations. While there she led the redesign and rebranding of the magazine and its daily news website. She launched a weekly e-newsletter and led the development of Priya, a magazine for entrepreneurial women. She also led special projects, such as leadership roundtables and supplemental reports on investment and development trends in the U.S. hotel industry.
During her career, Judy has won numerous awards for her reporting, including first-place recognition for investigative journalism from the Georgia Press Association; first-place for column writing from the Pennsylvania Publisher’s Association; and first-place for feature writing from the Associated Press Managing Editors.
She earned fellowships from the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism to study the U.S. and global economy, and most recently she received a certificate in multimedia storytelling from Poynter News University and Valdosta State University.
Hotel owners and operators who believed they could go it alone before the coronavirus pandemic devastated the hotel industry are having another think and turning to third-party managers to work their way back to profitability in the post-pandemic recovery. Another trend contributing to the growth in third-party managers’ business is more commercial real estate investors armed with cash entering the hotel sector and in need of an experienced operations team. Episode 321 of Lodging Leaders podcast explores the growth of third-party management companies over the past 12 months. This report is part of Lodging Leaders’ coverage of the coronavirus crisis and its impact on the hospitality industry.
The Ever Given container ship running aground on March 23 in the Suez Canal got worldwide attention, but it is just one of many reasons for the breaks in the global supply chain that are impacting the U.S. hotel industry’s post-pandemic revival plans. Shipping companies in Asia and Europe are contending with a boatload of challenges, including a lack of containers, traffic jams at West Coast ports and increased costs. Long Live Lodging explores what the problems mean to hotel owners and developers eager to refresh their properties and welcome guests back.