California Hotel & Lodging Association Announces 2017 Board of Directors

Rancho Palos Verdes, California - The California Hotel & Lodging Association (CH&LA) elected its 2017 Board of Directors at its annual meeting this past Friday, November 18, 2016 at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes. The 2017 chair will be Elvin Lai of the Ocean Park Inn. In addition, the elected officers for the 2017 Board of Directors were announced as Scott VandenBerg, Hyatt Regency Sacramento (Vice Chair); Michael Pace, Clift Hotel (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).

Nine Board Members with expiring terms are renewing their Board positions. These members are Bhupen Amin, Lotus Hotels; Jon Handlery, CHA, Handlery Hotels; Laurenne Douglas, Pacific Plaza Hotels; Paul Gibbs, CHA, Crowne Plaza LAX; Hee Won Lim, Pacific Palms Resort; Robert L. Mayer, Jr., The Mayer Corporation; Michael Pace, The Clift Hotel; Pragna Patel-Mueller, Samata Management; John Spear, Hotel Drisco.

There are six incoming Board of Directors – James Lim, Omni San Francisco, Javier Cano, JW Marriott, LA Live, Vipul Dayal, VNR Management, Russ Cox, Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Stephanie McCaffrey, McCaffrey House, Michael Collins, University of San Francisco.

 “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.