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October 03, 2013, ATLANTA

A meeting of the ASFONA Board of Directors was held in October at the Le Meridien Hotel in Atlanta. In addition to the mornings main board meeting the group were joined in the afternoon by the ASFONA Associate Members together with Bobby Bowers SVP of STR - Katherine Lugar President & CEO of AH&LA together with Dave Marr SVP Brand Mamagement N/A Starwood Hotels & Resorts.

In Attendance:
John Shingler – Chairman
Hung Luk – Paul Wischermann - Howard Zetley – Jay Mahan – Gerry Chase
Jim Dina - Greg Miller – Mark Sharkey
Apologies / Resignation:
Troy Pentecost – John Belden  /  ( Federico Sanchez – Resignation )
Minutes Overview of Last Meeting:
The Minutes Overview of the last meeting were Distributed:
Approve Gerry Chase & Seconded Jay Mahan:
Membership & Treasurer Report – Presented by John Shingler:
2013/2014  -  Budget & Financials Membership Year - July 1st 2013 to June 30th 2014
Associate Members & New Board Member - Reports:
STARWOOD EXECUTIVES / ASFONA Board of Directors – Future Executive Management Meeting: 
Executive Meeting – NOW NOVEMBER 20th 2013 – Westin Peachtree - Atlanta
ASFONA President & Starwood Executive Meeting & SPG Audit – Report by John Shingler:
John Shingler - Meeting with Serge Rivera President – The Americas & Bob Hermany – Chief Operating Officer the Americas -  Starwood Hotels & Resorts @ The Westin – Dallas – JUNE 17th 2013.
John Shingler - Starwood Corporate Headquarters Meetings – Stamford – Week of JUNE 24th 2013
ASFONA / STARWOOD “AREAS OF FOCUS” 2013 – Meeting Reports by Designate Board Members:
Sales & & Revenue Management: JUNE 25th @ STAMFORD & SEPT 4th @ NEW YORK OFFICE:
Brand Management:  JUNE 24th @ STAMFORD Informal Dinner: 
Business Systems Results: JUNE 24th & 26th @ STAMFORD:
Franchise Operations:  JUNE 6th @ ATLANTA: 
Information Technology:  JULY 10th  @ STAMFORD:
Procurement:   JULY 10th  @  STAMFORD:
Cost of Doing Business / ISAC / Brand Standards
STARWOOD HOTELS & RESORTS -  Presentation & Discussion:
Dave Marr – SVP Brand Management & Susan Sepehri – VP Owners Relations Joined the Meeting with the following Presenters:
Mary Casey – Senior Vice President Sales – North America
Betty Wilson – Vice President Sales – North America
Kathrine Lugar – President & CEO joined the meeting and presented to the board all of the Associations planned initiatives and new funding model.
12.15 PM – Conclusion of Meeting:
12.30 PM – Welcome Lunch – Joined by Associate Members 1.30 PM –  Board Meeting with Honorary Board Group Commenced
Smith Travel Research Presentation:
Bobby Bowers – SVP Operations presented the STR overview of prevailing business conditions for the hotel industry in North America.
Kathrine Lugar – President & CEO presented to the larger group all of the Associations planned initiatives and fielded a Q&A session.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts:
Dave Marr SVP Brand Management made a detailed presentation on the Le Meridien brand and highlighted the brand position and growth opportunities.
6.00PM Conclusion of Meeting

This is a summary overview of the topics discussed and presented at the meeting. ASFONA members who have any questions on any agenda item should contact John Shingler directly at the ASFONA office.

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