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July 09, 2008, MINNEAPOLIS

A meeting of the ASFONA Board of Directors was held at the new Starwood Luxury Collection Hotel "The IVY" in Minneapolis on July 9th and 10th. Minneapolis was selected as the venue to allow the ASFONA Board & Honorary Board to visit each of the Starwood branded hotels in construction at that time in and around the city.


                                   Board Meeting
                       Wednesday July 9th - 2008
                              8.30 AM – 12.45 PM
        Hotel Ivy – The Luxury Collection - Minneapolis

                    Agenda  &  Meeting Overview

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

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

New Board Members Nominations:  
In the Absence of Nominating Board Member Ed Kopp, John Shingler and Hung Luk informed the Board on behalf of Ed Kopp that the following person would be nominated at the next meeting of the board:
 Clyde Guinn – SVP Stanford Hotels & Resorts – San Francisco
Stanford Hotels currently own/operate Three Starwood branded hotels

Membership Report:
• 2007/2008  -  Membership List as at the end of the Fiscal Year
• 2008/2009  -  Membership Update (At July 9th 2008)

Treasurer Report:
• Federal Tax Returns  -  2004/2005/2006/7  -  Form 990’s Submissions Completed
• ASFONA Fiscal Year Change - Commencement
• 2007/2008  -  Financial Report  - Year End
• 2008/2009  -  Financial Report – Year to Date (At July 9th)

ASFONA – Meeting Overview – Objectives:
• Information on  new Associate Members & Presentations to be given by them was submitted by John Shingler

ASFONA Board of Directors:
• Anti-Trust Statement
John Shingler reported that following the board approvals of the ASFONA Inc, By-Laws and the ASFONA Anti-Trust Statement a copy a full set of By-Laws and the Anti-Trust Statement had been posted on the ASFONA website.
In Room Entertainment:
• LodgeNet – Direction and report by John Shingler on his visit to LodgeNet.
• Showtime & HBO -  Starwood Brand agreements as discussed and agreed.

Starwood Discussion Points – John Shinglers – Week at White Plains.
John Shingler informed the board of the most important areas of discussions that had occurred during his week of meetings at the Starwood Corporate Headquarters in White Plains New York. An overview of the week is shown in a seperate report on this website.

Sheraton Brand Initiatives:
The board discussed at length the full range of the Sheraton Brand initiatives and the proposed compliance dates that had been developed. It was agreed that the views of the board would be communicated by John Shingler to Hoyt Harper in one on one discussions.

Starwood Presentation:
Paul Barron – VP IT Solutions – Property Operations

• Broadband – Guest Room Entertainment
Paul Barron from Starwood Hotels & Resorts provided the board with an excellent presentation on the paper he had developed to communicate Starwoods position and proposed plans for broadband issues and the future of broadband technology and guest room entertainment.
Paul Barron was given the full support of the ASFONA board of directors for the proposals he had presented.

Any Other Business:
There being no other business the meeting concluded at 12.45 PM.

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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