BWH Lodge Group introduced in the present day that president and CEO
David Kong will retire on the finish
of 2021. The business’s longest tenured CEO joined Finest Western Resorts
& Resorts in 2001 and was named CEO in 2004. Throughout this 20-year journey,
Kong remodeled the corporate, forming BWH Lodge Group and shaping it right into a
main world competitor.
Kong grew BWH Lodge Group from one to 18 manufacturers that cowl each scale chain phase and each sort of lodging, together with boutique/way of life and prolonged keep. He set successive information of income per out there room progress and the best visitor and lodge satisfaction scores for the manufacturers. The corporate’s loyalty program contribution has turn out to be the third highest within the business.
Underneath Kong’s management, the corporate grew money reserves and grew web fairness greater than 10-fold and BWH Lodge Group acquired each WorldHotels Assortment and PMS expertise supplier AutoClerk.
“What [Kong]has been in a position to do
with Finest Western is basically create the consistency of the best stage
efficiency,” mentioned American Lodge & Lodging Affiliation president
and CEO Chip Rogers. “David has created an surroundings at Finest
Western that encourages its homeowners to be their finest and to create the
“This business has empowered me
to dream boldly concerning the future and to pursue these goals with out hesitation.
I really feel blessed to have been surrounded by distinctive groups all through my
profession and thru sheer ardour and dedication, we’ve chased daring goals and
achieved what many may need thought-about unattainable,” mentioned Kong. “I’ve at all times wished to maneuver on at my peak. With our caring
tradition, our extraordinary hoteliers, government crew, and company employees, I
have little question one of the best is but to come back for BWH Lodge Group.”
Along with model management, Kong, who entered the business as a dishwasher and busboy, leaves a legacy of caring. He has been identified all through the business for making good on his guarantees and dealing to serve and mentor his colleagues and groups.
“David Kong is a as soon as in a
lifetime chief whose contributions to Finest Western and BWH Lodge Group are
really immeasurable,” mentioned BWH Lodge Group board chairman Ishwar Naran. “It has been the glory of my profession to work alongside David and
witness first-hand his exceptional ardour and dedication to our business. David
has at all times led by instance and, most significantly, cared deeply about these he
serves from hoteliers, to colleagues, associates, visitors and communities.”
“David Kong is acknowledged in
our business as a pacesetter that really cares about folks. He has been
a tremendous chief and among the many most revered folks on this business,” mentioned Rogers.
“David has been a mentor to so
many people through the years,” added Wyndham president and CEO Geoff Ballotti. “He impressed me early in my profession as he has
so many others to get extra concerned in our business, together with the American
Lodge & Lodging Affiliation, AAHOA, and the U.S. Journey Affiliation. He’s
somebody I belief and drastically admire.”
“David’s legacy is the
integrity of a promise, maintaining your phrase and delivering on it,” mentioned U.S. Journey Affiliation president and CEO Roger
Dow. “He is a task mannequin for
how this business results in fulfilling careers, going from the frontline to CEO,
as he is finished.”