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ASFONA BOARD MEETING
ASFONA BOARD MEETING
April 11, 2007,
A meeting of the ASFONA Board of Directors was scheduled shortly after the announcement of Senior Management changes at Starwood. The board also took this opportunity to obtain an update on the Sheraton Brand New Initiatives Program and to discuss some ASFONA Goverance matters that were ready for review.
WESTIN HOTEL - ARLINGTON - WASHINGTON DC
John Shingler – President
Hung Luk - Bruce Kinseth - Ed Kopp - Abe Moses – Howard Zetley - Lou Karger
Apologies: Paul Leier - Paul Picknelly - Jay Mahan
Guests ( First Two Hours )
Hoyt Harper - SVP Sheraton Brand
Susan Sepehri - VP Owner Relations
MINUTES OF THE MEETING
RESIGNATION OF STEVE HEYER, CEO - STARWOOD:
The Resignation of Steve Heyer the CEO of Starwood was discussed in general terms. John Shingler confirmed that he was contacted early morning on Monday April 2nd to be informed of the news of the resignation and he in turn informed the ASFONA Board and Honorary Board members by email. On Tuesday April 3rd Matt Quimet called John Shingler to discuss the Heyer departure and to re assure him, the ASFONA Board and members that the solid and firm foundation that had been developed between Starwood and ASFONA over the past couple of years would continue to be strengthened under the current and new leadership team. Matt informed John that a meeting with Bruce Duncan the Starwood Board Chairman and Acting CEO would be arranged at the earliest opportunity.
Hoyt Harper gave presentation to the Board on the growth plans and development of the Sheraton Brand with an update on the proposed Brand Initiatives. He reported that the Concept Hotels were testing most of the new initiatives and that the Customer Reaction and Operations Reaction to date were under review. The presentation focused mainly on the growth and development plans including Rev Par – GSI – ADR – and other North Americas brand measurement targets for the short and long term.
All of the initiatives presented to the ASFONA Board in New York and at the owners meeting in Orlando are being reviewed in detail at White Plains and at the concept hotels.
The Sheraton Brand Advisory Board:
The Board will be formed and will meet at the earliest opportunity.
Hoyt Harper and Susan Sepehri left the meeting at this time.
ASFONA BOARD DISCUSSION:
The importance of the continuity of management relationships for both Starwood and ASFONA was stressed and that ASFONA must continue to play an active role in ensuring that the current strong platform of business relationships and mutual respect between Starwood and ASFONA continues to be strengthened.
ASFONA Inc. GOVERNANCE AND BY LAWS:
The Board of Directors agreed it was timely to discuss changes that may be, or were certainly now required in a number of headings and sections of the ASFONA By Laws:
The Board reviewed the discussion paper that had been prepared for each By Law subject heading.
The revised By Law text as contained in “Addendum One” to the official minutes, following revisions to the text as detailed in the official minutes located at the office of the Secretary of the Association, was approved as a part of the meeting minutes. Changes and additions to the text of the ASFONA Inc. By Laws, were agreed by the Board of Directors on April 11th 2007 for immediate implementation.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE POSITIONS.
At the request of the Board members present, Hung Luk was asked to continue in the role of Secretary and become the Vice President – Executive Director & Secretary.
Bruce Kinseth was asked to continue in the role of Treasurer and become the Vice President – Executive Director & Treasurer.
Ed Kopp was appointed Vice President – Executive Director Memberships.
Each of the above Board Members elected by the Board to an Executive Director position received the unanimous “in favor” vote of the Board members present.
NUMBER OF ASFONA BOARD MEMBERS
The Board of ASFONA Inc to be increased to Ten (10)
ASFONA BUSINESS ISSUES:
The Date set for the ASFONA team to visit White Plains to conduct the SPG audit is June 5th.
John Shingler re confirmed that he had been and still is in constant discussion with the Galaxy management team on numerous Galaxy issues. Dan Hogan - VP Galaxy has been very helpful and progress has been made. Details of the discussion issues was shared with the ASFONA Board.
John Shingler informed the Board that this department was a priority for review. John and Hung Luk will be spending time in this department on June 6th at White Plains.
FOUR POINTS by SHERATON BRAND:
The Advisory Board Meeting, comprising five ASFONA Board Members has been set for May 1st & 2nd and will be at the White Plains Office.
North America Owners Advisory Board
Matt Quimet has informed John Shingler that Bruce Duncan will be attending this meeting.
Westin Advisory Board
ASFONA members to have two seats on this Board. Ed Kopp and John Shingler will be the two members.
Select Service Advisory Board
This Board and will also encompass Development as well. The “aloft” and “Element” brands will be included in this group. There will be two designated ASFONA members on this board. Hung Luk and John Shingler.
ASFONA ASSOCIATION BUSINESS POINTS:
Directors Liability Insurance - Financial Update
AON Life Insurance Proposals - Annual General Meeting
iBAHN – ASFONA Co-Branded White Papers
Those ASFONA members who require further detail on any of the above mentioned topics and agenda items should contact John Shingler directly either by email or phone.