(Letter written April 16, 2014) To All Maryland Hotel Owners & Operators, I would like to reach out to all Maryland Hoteliers to either join or maintain a membership with the Maryland Hotel & Lodging Association. During the 2014 Maryland Legislative Session, the efforts of our Legislative Committee and lobbying efforts contributed to two industry detrimental bills from being voted upon. In one case, the introduced bill could have required each hotel in the State of Maryland to spend capital funds in upwards of $1,450 per guest room. For my property, this would have been $500,000 of immediate capital required in order to adhere to the introduced emergency bill going into effect as soon as it was passed by the General Assembly and signed by the Governor. The time and effort required through open communication and relationships with Maryland lawmakers was extensive. The numbers that I quote are not inflated or mentioned to scare anyone. These are factual numbers provided to me by our vendors who would have been needed to conduct the capital improvement. The second bill that was introduced could have imposed an enormous legal liability upon each owner who was unfortunate enough to experience what is now becoming a daily operational challenge within our industry. I would be more than glad to provide additional details if you are interested. (Phone 410-962-8300) I urge all of our industry to understand that these efforts and our organization is reliant on the dues collected from participating members. The efforts mentioned above help and support all of us, so I urge you to either join or continue to maintain your membership! Together we all can share a small sum in the big picture as our interests are protected by representation. Please be a part of that representation; the association will be able to move forward as long as it has the means to do so.
Jon Koscher, (former) General Manager
Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel
Don’t make the mistake of cutting your membership with MHLA in hopes to save a few bucks! Unfortunately, the problems facing our industry today affect every member, no matter how large or small. MHLA will continue to provide the collective wisdom, legislative expertise, bargaining power and networking opportunities to assist, support and sustain the future success of our business. Be an active member!
James A. LoBosco, Vice President of Acquisitions & Operations
Of all the organizations that seek my membership as a hotelier, MH&LA is without a doubt the best investment of any. It is an organization that is constantly watching out for the best interest of the lodging industry of Maryland. I rely on MH&LA to keep me informed on current and important legislative issues that face the industry. In addition to being our voice, MH&LA provides many opportunities to network with my peers to exchange ideas on how to improve sales, operations and service at my property. MH&LA membership is something I value, and always feel is a worthwhile investment both from a financial and time perspective.
Robert Candy, Revenue Manager
Choice Hotels International
It was a wonderfully humbling experience being honored at the (Stars of the Industry) banquet. To even be considered for such a prestigious award amongst the many qualified people considered was such an honor. I was treated like royalty at the banquet in the same way I try to create a memorable experience for each guest I service. I must say the MH&LA Stars of the Industry banquet was a memorable experience that I shall never forget.
Antwone Jackson, (former) Front Office Manager and Director of Loss Prevention
Holiday Inn Inner Harbor
Whenever I am faced with issues of any sort, the benefits of our membership are surely recognized immediately and as usual you have been more than helpful! You are heaven sent! Thank you so much for your assistance in this matter (question regarding hotel regulations).
Cephas Thomas, Director of Loss Prevention
Renaissance Harborplace Hotel
CCBC’s membership in MH&LA and our attendance at its regional meetings has been extremely important to our Hospitality expertise and program development. We are able to remain current with industry trends and expand our expertise, especially in the lodging segment of Hospitality. Our participation has resulted in a number of valuable contacts with hoteliers and hospitality companies. These new relationships have helped us to develop our Hospitality courses so that they are fully aligned with the industry’s workforce needs. We truly value our relationship with MH&LA.
Kent Smedley -- Dean, Workforce Development
The Community College of Baltimore County
We were new to the market and searching for the right organization that would support our Hospitality Industry Strategic Planning and found MH&LA to be a perfect fit. The staff are very helpful and I immediately felt part of the group. Within one year I had signed 50 Member locations for our services! MH&LA works - make it work for you.
The MH&LA is one of the few industry associations that places service providers, vendors, and decision-making hoteliers in the same place at the same time. If you sell a product or service to a hotel, this organization is a "must join".
Jason Stock, LEED AP, Vice President of Business Development
First Finish Inc.