Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - 12

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT & CEO

Focus on the
common ground
CHIP ROGERS
AAHOA President & CEO

From ADA reform to joint employer, let's identify and support bipartisanship
to make progress on issues that matter to hoteliers.

I

F YOU WATCHED THE NEWS OUT
of Washington earlier this year, it
sure looked like there wasn't a whole
lot of leadership in that city. Political
bickering, point-scoring, and cable
news talking points are poor substitutes for substantive collaboration and
debate, and they led to another unnecessary and regrettable government shutdown.
Afterwards, carefully parsed statements
from political leaders on both sides of the
aisle spoke of a reset of sorts and pledged a
desire to work together, although we have
yet to see how that will play out.
I bring up the shutdown for two reasons.
It reinforces the perception that our political system is hopelessly divided, and it
points to the need to send representatives
to Washington who understand that their
constituents want positive change that
brings the greatest good to the most people.
On the first point, the media tends to
cover big issues that draw in a lot of viewers and readers. Taxes, spending, social
matters - these are all issues where politicians, political parties and interest groups
staked out positions long ago. Trying to
reconcile a broad spectrum of entrenched
viewpoints can lead to some real fireworks,
as we've seen with healthcare legislation,
the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,
and the recent government shutdown.
The polarization of our political parties
on these big issues is presented as being
black and white (or red and blue if we're
being honest), and it obscures the areas
where our politicians are actually working together. That's why, in this issue,
we're introducing a new feature called
Common Ground. In it, we'll explore vital
policy issues that impact hoteliers, and
we'll profile two politicians from opposite
sides of the aisle who are working together

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to address them. I encourage you to take a
look at this feature to see how some of our
legislators are embracing bipartisanship
to make progress on the little things that
can lead to big changes for our industry.
To my second point, at the 2018 AAHOA
Convention in Washington, D.C., we will
be recognizing some of our members who
are working hard to ensure our Congress is
composed of thoughtful leaders who will
fight to maintain our free enterprise system. Meeting with and educating our legislators and their staffs during the National
Advocacy Conferences and Legislative
Action Summits is one tool to advance issues
of vital importance to hoteliers. AAHOA
Political Action Committee (PAC) is another
important tool we use to advocate for our
agenda. Our government is only as good as
the representatives we elect to be our voice.
Through AAHOA PAC, our members pool
their resources to help elect pro-business
candidates who understand the unique
issues facing hoteliers and small business
owners. At the convention, you will have
the opportunity to learn how to get involved
and invest in AAHOA PAC and see which
AAHOA members are instrumental in helping to elect the best candidates. Good policy
has no political party, and that's why AAHOA
PAC supports both Republican and Democrat
candidates who will be our advocates.
As we move forward into 2018, our legislators will be addressing many contentious
issues that will affect hoteliers. From ADA
reform to joint employer, it is important
that we identify and support the kind of
bipartisanship that used to be the normal way of getting things done, not just
in Washington, but across the country.

1
If you haven't yet registered for
AAHOACON18, March 27‑30 at
the waterfront Gaylord National
Resort & Conference Center
just minutes from downtown
Washington, D.C., you can
register on‑site and online. Visit
aahoa.com for more information.

2
Jimmy Johnson, legendary former
coach of the Dallas Cowboys
and the Miami Dolphins, will be
a keynote speaker at this year's
AAHOACON.

3
Three certificate programs are
available March 27 at AAHOACON:
Certified Hotel Owners (CHO)
Program, Certification in Hotel
Industry Analytics (CHIA) and
Human Trafficking Awareness
Training. Check them out at
aahoa.com/convention.

4
Both Linda McMahon,
Administrator of the U.S. Small
Business Administration, and
U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander
Acosta will address attendees at
AAHOACON18.

5
AAHOA President & CEO
Chip Rogers will be on stage at
the Hunter Hotel Conference in
Atlanta, March 21‑23.


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Today's Hotelier - March 2018

Letter From the Chairman
Letter From the President & CEO
#AAHOACON18 Spotlight
Government Affairs & Advocacy
The C-Suite
Common Ground
Elevate Yourself to a Higher Role in the Industry
Next-Level Housekeeping via Technology
Mentoring Matters
Small Business
Finance
Marketing
Technology
Compliance & Legal
Leadership
Guest Experience
Aahoa Founding Members
Classifieds
Advertiser Index
Back of the House
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - Intro
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - cover1
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - cover2
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - 3
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - 4
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - 5
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - 6
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - 7
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - 8
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - 9
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - Letter From the Chairman
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - 11
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - Letter From the President & CEO
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - 13
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - #AAHOACON18 Spotlight
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - 15
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - 16
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - 17
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - Government Affairs & Advocacy
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - 19
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - The C-Suite
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - 21
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - Common Ground
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - 23
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - Elevate Yourself to a Higher Role in the Industry
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - 25
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - 26
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - 27
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - Next-Level Housekeeping via Technology
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - 29
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - 30
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - 31
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - Mentoring Matters
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - 33
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - 34
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - 35
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - Small Business
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - 37
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - Finance
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - 39
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - Marketing
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - 41
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - Technology
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - 43
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - Compliance & Legal
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - 45
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - Leadership
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Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - 48
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - 49
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - Guest Experience
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Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - 52
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - 53
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - Aahoa Founding Members
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - 55
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - Classifieds
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Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - 58
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - 59
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Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - 62
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - Advertiser Index
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Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - Back of the House
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - 66
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