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ASFONA BOARD MEETING:- CLICK "News Updates" ABOVE FOR NEWS
July 22, 2009, NEW JERSEY / NEW YORK

An ASFONA Board Meeting was held at the "W" Hotel - Hoboken - New Jersey / New York on July 21st & 22nd. A number of Starwood Hotels & Resorts senior management executives joined the group both for segments of the meetings and for the dinner on July 21st.

                              ASFONA - Board Meeting:
               Tuesday & Wednesday July 21st - 22nd - 2009
                                8.30 AM – 12.30 PM
                         Overview Minutes of Meeting: 
In Attendance:
John Shingler – Chairman
Hung Luk – Paul Wischermann – Gerry Chase – Howard Zetley – Abe Moses – Lou Karger – Jay Mahan – Paul Leier – Clyde Guinn
Apologies:
• Ed Kopp – Bruce Kinseth
Starwood Executives Scheduled to be in Attendance:
John Shingler informed the board of the Starwood Hotel & Resorts Executives who would be in attendance during the course of the next two day meeting:
• Hoyt Harper – SVP & Global Brand Leader – Sheraton  Brand
• Brian McGuinness - SVP & Global Brand Leader
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• Lynne Dougherty – SVP – Owner Relations & Franchise
• Sandy Swider – VP – Global Citizenship
• Susan Sepehri – VP – Owner Relations
• Alan Diehl – VP – Planning & Analysis ( SPG Program Report )
Minutes of Last Meeting:
• The Minutes of the last meeting were, distributed reviewed & approved by the board
Membership Report:
• 2008/2009 & 2009/2010 - Membership Updates as at July 21st 2009 were distributed to the board and reviewed.
Treasurer Report:
• 2008/2009  -  Financial Report – John Shingler submitted the Year to Date Financial Details.
Financial Report as at July 21st - 2009:
• 2009/2010  -  The 2009/2010 Membership Year Membership Goals & Financial Budget was submitted and approved by the board.
Board Members:
• Board of Director Nominations:
Two nominations to the ASFONA main board of directors:
• Greg Miller – President & Co-CEO – PM Hospitality Strategies Inc.,
• Troy Pentecost –EVP & Director Asset Management – FelCor Lodging Trust Inc.,
Both nominations were endorsed by board members with each nomination being duly seconded and receiving the unanimous approval of the board. 
John Shingler informed the board of Ed Kopp’s change of position and that he will be attending the Fall meeting.
Executive Committee:
The nomination of Paul Wischermann to the ASFONA “Executive Committee" of the Board as Vice President & Executive Director Memberships was unanimously approved by the board.
Meeting Schedule:
John Shingler informed the board of the dates now set for the upcoming meetings with Starwood Executive Management:
ASFONA Board of Directors  & Starwood Executive Management Meeting at White Plains:
• October 23rd:  This is the annual meeting between the ASFONA Owner Board of Directors and Starwood Executive management at Starwood’s Corporate Office in White Plains – New York. The proposed “Agenda” subjects were reviewed and discussed.The meeting will be attended by:
Frits van Paasschen - CEO (Time to be Confirmed)
Matt Avril - Global Brand President
Denise Coll - President - North America
Starwood Advisory Boards Schedule 2009 at the “Sheraton – Denver”

November 17th - WESTIN ADVISORY BOARD
November 18th - STARWOOD ADVISORY BOARD
November 19th - SHERATON ADVISORY BOARD  
Agenda Items for Discussion:-
HOTEL & TRAVEL INDUSTRY DISCUSSION:-
• State Of the Nation – Current & Projected Business Conditions were discussed by the board.
BUSINESS ISSUES:-TOPICS DISCUSSED & REVIEWED
Brand Standards:
Costs - Compliance Dates - Costs of Initiatives – Flexible Commitments.  
Cost Containment Initiatives: Results following the Relaxation Communication.
Fees on F&B:  Update on Fess
Brand Management: Personnel and cross functionality
Sheraton Initiatives: Bedding Program -Link - Compliance
The “SPG” Program:
ASFONA Audit of SPG – by John Shingler at White Plains New York – June 3rd 2009:
• Alan Diehl – Vice President – Planning & Analysis – Starwood Hotels & Resorts presented to the Board the SPG Financial Report overview and a synopsis of the data previously reviewed by John Shingler.
Sheraton Brand: - Presentation by Hoyt Harper:
• Hoyt Harper – SVP – Global Brand Leader Sheraton – Starwood Hotels & Resorts presented to the board the developments with the Sheraton brand including brand performance since the last ASFONA meeting.
The Meeting Concluded at 12.45 PM

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




 


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