California Hotel & Lodging Association Announces 2018 Board of Directors

Napa, California – The California Hotel & Lodging Association (CH&LA) elected its 2018 Board of Directors at its annual meeting this past Friday, December 1, 2017 at the Westin Verasa in Napa, CA. The 2018 chair will be Scott VandenBerg of the Hyatt Regency Sacramento. In addition, the elected officers for the 2018 Board of Directors were announced as Michael Pace, Clift Hotel (Vice Chair); Bijal Patel, Coast Redwood Hospitality (Secretary/Treasurer); and Elvin Lai, Ocean Park Inn (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).

Three Board Members with expiring terms are renewing their Board positions. These members are: Terri Haack, Terranea Resort; Tom Patton, Ramada Limited Santa Barbara; Mark LeBlanc, Interstate Hotels & Resorts.

There is also one new incoming director, Ross Gimpal, Regional Vice President of PSAV, who will be representing the vendor/supplier segment of the CH&LA membership.

 “CH&LA is a membership organization that is directed through the dedication and commitment of its volunteer leadership and we’re very pleased to welcome this slate of officers and directors.  This leadership guides the association’s mission to the benefit of both the members and the entire industry,” said Lynn S. Mohrfeld, CAE, CH&LA’s President & CEO.

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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 hotel & lodging industry. CH&LA is on the web at