State Leadership Award for Pam Richardson

Washington, (USA) – 4 March 2012 – The American Hotel & Lodging Association announced the winners of the 2011 State Leadership Awards at their annual Legislative Action Summit. California Hotel & Lodging Association’s (CH&LA) immediate past chair, Pam Richardson was honored with the award for the state of California. The State Leadership Awards were created in 1998 to honor standout members within each partner state of AH&LA who help implement and strengthen programs.

As the 2011 Chair of the California Hotel & Lodging Association, Pam guided the association through a very significant legislation issue that would require fitted sheets in every California hotel. Through Pam’s guidance, CH&LA assembled a coalition effort that was coupled with scientific research to refute the proponents arguments, a professional public relations campaign that resulted in national coverage and editorial support from virtually ever media outlet in California, along with a grassroots effort that was the largest in the association’s history.

While this legislative effort was occurring, Pam led the association to another banner year, with revenues exceeding budget, the introduction of a new safety & security conference, and the best year ever for CH&LA’s political action committee, increasing contributions by 35% over the previous year.

“On behalf of the California Hotel & Lodging Association, I would like to congratulate Pam on this much-deserved honor. Pam’s leadership was instrumental in our legislative efforts this past year, as well as our success as an association and an industry,“ said Lynn Mohrfeld, CAE, President & CEO of CH&LA.

About CH&LA
The California Hotel & Lodging Association (CH&LA) is the largest state lodging industry association in the nation and a Partner State Association of the American Hotel & Lodging Association. Its members include all segments of the lodging industry including the California Association of Bed & 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 was established in 1893.

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