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Katherine Lugar  

President & CEO of the American Hotel & Lodging Association

As president and CEO of the American Hotel & Lodging Association since 2013, Katherine Lugar has helped to grow membership to its highest point in its 100-year history. The largest trade association in the U.S. hotel industry now represents nearly half of the properties in the country.

Lugar also has advanced AH&LA's focus on advocacy. Armed with more than 20 years of experience in private-sector public affairs, she has helped place the organization at the forefront of industry discussions, such as the recent efforts to gain congressional support in the fight against the deceptive practices of online rouge vendors. In addition, she has spearheaded industry efforts to prevent human trafficking. Recognizing that traffickers might rely heavily on legitimate businesses such as hotels, she has led the charge at AH&LA to educate its members. The organization recently released guidelines to help hoteliers and their employees do their part to spot illegal activity and stop it in its tracks.

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