Following a unanimous vote by the AAHOA Board of Directors, Ken Greene is the new President & CEO. Greene has been serving in that role on an interim basis since June. “AAHOA has been a part of my life for years, so when the opportunity came up to become Interim President and CEO, it was an easy decision to make,” said AAHOA President & CEO Ken Greene. “These last few months have exceeded my expectations, and I’m looking forward to continuing to build relationships with our Officers, Board, Members, and Industry Partners.”
During his interim period, Greene oversaw the association’s return to in-person events with the 2021 AAHOA Convention & Trade Show in Dallas, Texas. The convention, which drew more than 6,000 attendees, was the first such event in the city since the start of the pandemic.
“As a former brand executive in the hospitality industry, Ken has significant experience working with AAHOA Members and a solid understanding of what hoteliers need,” said AAHOA Chair Vinay Patel. “He knows what drives our Members and how our association can assist them as the industry recovers.”
Prior to joining AAHOA, Ken served as a global leader of many iconic hotel brands, including President, Americas for Radisson Hotel Group, President & CEO for Delta Hotels and Resorts, and in various roles at Cendant Corporation, Wyndham Worldwide, and many of its divisions. Ken also recently founded Greenehouse Consulting, which focuses on acquisitions, management, and advisory services to the hospitality industry.
“I want to give a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has called, texted, and posted on social media, etc. Your well wishes and congratulations mean so much to me, and I am excited to be dropping the interim title to officially become President & CEO of AAHOA,” Greene said in a message.
“AAHOA is such an amazing association for owners and that is a huge part of why I am so thrilled to become President & CEO. I’ve worked with AAHOA Members for much of my career and knowing how much AAHOA does for hoteliers and the industry, I am truly honored to accept this position and help lead the organization into the future. We are Team AAHOA, and we have so much more to accomplish together,” Greene added.
AAHOA is the largest hotel owners association in the world. The nearly 20,000 AAHOA members own 60 percent of the hotels in the United States. AAHOA Members are responsible for 1.7 percent of the nation’s GDP. With billions of dollars in property assets and over one million employees, AAHOA members are core economic contributors in communities across the United States.