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News Updates

September 09, 2008, TARRYTOWN NEW YORK

At least twice each year the ASFONA Board of Directors meet with Starwood Senior Management. Normally the first meeting is scheduled for early Spring and the second meeting in the Fall. The Fall meeeting in 2008 took place on September 10th and the ASFONA Board held an ASFONA Board meeing in New York at the same time starting on the evening of September 9th at the Sheraton Tarrytown.

                              Board Meeting
       September  9th (evening) 10th & 11th - 2008
                             Sheraton Hotel  
                         Tarrytown - New York

                 Agenda & Overview of the Meeting

In Attendance:
John Shingler – Chairman
Ed Kopp – Hung Luk – Bruce Kinseth – Paul Wischermann – Gerry Chase – Howard Zetley – Paul Leier – Jay Mahan – Lou Karger
Pam Suhr

Minutes of Last Meeting:
The Minutes of the last meeting were distributed and read.
Minutes Approved by Abe Moses
Seconded by Gerry Chase – Board Approved

Board Members Introduction:
• Nominations:  Ed Kopp
Ed Kopp introduced Clyde Guinn – SVP Operations of Stanford Hotels to the board and also nominated him to become a board member. The nomination was seconded by Gerry Chase. The board voted unanimously in favor of the nomination. John Shingler welcomed Clyde to the Board of ASFONA.

Membership Report:
• 2008/2009  -  Membership Update (At September 10th 2008)

Treasurer Report:
• Federal Tax Returns  -  2004/2005/2006/7  -  Form 990’s Submissions Completed
• 2008/2009  -  Financial Report – Year to Date (At September 10th 2008)

ASFONA – Associate Members Updates:
• Information on Associate New Members and their contributions to ASFONA.
Four Winds – USA TODAY – Gerry Chase
• Presentation of GO Board ( Hotel Lobby)

                    Starwood Discussion Points

Subject matter to be discussed at the following days meeting with Starwood Senior Management was discussed at length and is as follows:

Architecture & Design: Now reporting to Denise Coll – Management & Process Changes
Mandatory Programs: HR Staff Surveys – Revenue Management etc - Report on Plans
Sheraton Initiatives: Bedding Program – Club Lounges – Link – Fitness Center – Compliance.
JD Power Reports: The Starwood brand(s) positioning in the recently released reports.
Broadband: Report on Situation with Bandwith Tier proposals, costs and Internet provision options. 
Brand Management: Personnel and cross functionality and responsibilities in North America.
Brand Standards: Costs - Compliance Dates - Costs of New Initiatives - CAPEX programs & Timing. 
Cost Containment Initiatives: Proposals follownig the continued weakness in the Economy.
Revenue Generation: National Sales activity with Key Accounts - RFP Timelines - Yield Management.
Proposed Fees on F&B:  Fess Proposed under Terms of New License Agreement - Review Requested. 
Galaxy:  Progress Report and integration issues - System Speed & Performance in North America.
Annual Conference: Update requested and plans being considered for the next two years.
SPG Program: Cost & Benefits - New Partneships - New Air Redemption Program and Impact on Liability.
Brand Advisory Boards: Continue to communicate the crital importance of the boards.
Development: Impact of Credit Crunch and the economy on the Starwood pipeline Particulary Established Brands.
Senior Management Changes: Updates on recent changes in responsibilities and Reporting.
Environmental Initiates: Of absolute vital importance and commitments to be given by ASFONA and Starwood.
Activity Value Analysis:
Overview To be Addressed by:
Frits van Paasschen - Starwood President & CEO

ASFONA Members who wish to obtain further details on any aspect of the meetings or any specific information on any Agenda item should contact John Shingler directly, either by email or phone. Contact information for John and all Board Members is shown in the "Board Members" section of this website. 

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