California Hotel & Lodging Association Announces 2016 Board of Directors

San Diego, California - The California Hotel & Lodging Association (CH&LA) elected its 2016 Board of Directors at its annual meeting this past Thursday, November 19 at the US Grant Hotel in San Diego. The 2016 chair will be Tom Klein of the Fairmont San Francisco. In addition, the elected officers for the 2016 Board of Directors were announced as Richard Hill, Sheraton Grand Sacramento (Vice Chair); Elvin Lai, Ocean Park Inn (Secretary/Treasurer); and Terri Haack, Terranea Resort (Immediate Past Chair).  Other members of the Executive Committee include René Boskoff, Monterey Marriott (Chair of the Gov’t & Legal Relations) and Laurenne Douglas, Pacific Plaza Hotels (Chair of the Audit & Investment Committee).

Eight Board Members with expiring terms are renewing their Board positions. These members are Ed Bear, Auto Clerk; René Boskoff, Marriott Monterey; Peggy Mosley, Groveland Hotel; Candace Savage, USA Today; Pat Seminario, Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa; Marcy Tanner, Disneyland Hotel; and Wes Tyler, CHA, Chancellor Hotel. Bimal Patel, CHA, Concept Hotels, will leave the executive committee and re-join the Board of Directors.

There are two incoming Board of Directors - Matt Adams, Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego and Bijal Patel, Coast Redwood Hospitality & Management.

There are two outgoing Board of Directors - John Schafer, Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego and Luis Barrios, Hilton San Diego Airport/Harbor Island. Luis is a past Chair so he automatically is recognized as an Emeritus Advisor to the Board.

“The CH&LA team is grateful to the entire volunteer leadership of the association and would like to especially thank our current and outgoing Board members for their dedication and service to the California lodging industry,” said Lynn Mohrfeld, CAE, CH&LA’s President & CEO. “This outstanding leadership provides CH&LA the foundation and direction to protect and serve the entire membership.”

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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


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Recognized as one of the most influential state lodging associations throughout the country, the California Hotel & Lodging Association's mission is to protect the rights and interests of owners and operators and be their indispensable business resource. Established in 1893, to represent a burgeoning industry, CH&LA has built upon the goals and objectives first established in 1893, CH&LA continues to serve the unique interests of each segment of California's diverse lodging industry.