President and CEO of the American Hotel & Lodging Association to speak at USF Sarasota-Manatee

On Monday, February 22 at 3:30 p.m., Joseph A. McInerney, President and CEO of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), will be the keynote speaker at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s Linda Novey-White Memorial Lectureship.

McInerney, who has nearly 50 years of experience in the hospitality industry, will speak about international travel trends in a lecture entitled, “The Global Travel: Trends & Initiatives.”  The event is free, open to the public, and will be held in the Selby Auditorium at USF Sarasota-Manatee, located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail.

Serving the hospitality industry for nearly a century, AH&LA is the sole national association representing all sectors and stakeholders in the lodging industry, including individual hotel property members, hotel companies, student and faculty members, and industry suppliers.

As the head executive, McInerney is well versed in the various skills needed to operate in association, corporate, and lodging environments. Prior to AH&LA, he was president and CEO of the Pacific Asia Travel Association; Forte Hotels, Inc.; Hawthorn Suites; and ITT’s Sheraton franchise division.

McInerney has been recognized with several industry awards, including induction into the 2010 University of Houston’s Hospitality Hall of Honors, the 2009 J. Patrick Leahy Lifetime Achievement Award from the Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association; 2007 “Above and Beyond Award” at The Lodging Conference; “Tourism Man of the Year” award by the Pacific Area Travel Writers Association; the 1999 Stephen Brener, Silver Plate Lifetime Achievement Award from Hospitality Magazine; Travel Agent Magazine’s 1998 Pacific/Asia Person of the Year, and the 1994 Economy Lodging’s “Person of the Year,” by AH&LA.

The Linda Novey-White Memorial Lectureship Series recognizes and honors the outstanding contributions that Ms. Novey-White made to the hospitality industry.  The lectureship series endowment funds annual lectures, featuring keynote speakers known for their experience and leadership in the advancement of best practices and customer service in the hospitality industry.

The event is organized by the USF Sarasota-Manatee School of Hotel and Restaurant Management. The school’s mission is to provide excellence in teaching, research and service to all persons and to build foundations for lifelong learning. The School of Hotel and Restaurant Management prepares individuals for industry management and leadership roles in a global economy and interfaces with stakeholders to deliver hospitality professionals that add to the financial, intellectual, environmental, ethical and social growth of Florida and the Nation.

Space is limited at this event so please make reservations early.  To reserve your seat, contact Amanda Kulaw at 941-359-4563 or akulaw@sar.usf.edu.