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Best Western Hotels & Resorts announces John L. Kelly as new board chairman

Best Western Hotels & Resorts announced that its Board of Directors has elected John L. Kelly as Board Chairman for 2022.

John L. Kelly, who previously served as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors, brings decades of hospitality experience and 28 years of Best Western ownership to his role as Chairman.

I’m pleased to announce John Kelly as Best Western’s new Chairman of the Board.

 Larry Cuculic, President & CEO Best Western Hotels & Resorts

John has been a trusted member of our organization for close to three decades and I believe he will deliver tremendous value as we embark on a new chapter for our organization. Our future together is ours to make, and I look forward to working alongside John and his colleagues on the Board of Directors as we continue to grow the Best Western brand, deliver industry-leading customer care to our guests, and drive superior revenue to our hoteliers.

John L. Kelly owns and operates the Best Western Plus Yukon in Yukon, Oklahoma. He previously served as a member and former Chairman of the Best Western Reservation and Technical Committee and has represented the Board of Directors on the brand’s Membership Development Committee. John L. Kelly was elected to the Board of Directors in 2016 to represent the interests of hotel owners in District V, which includes Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

In addition to the election of John L. Kelly as Chairman of the Board, the Board of Directors also elected Danny Lafayette as Vice-Chairman and Phil Payne as Secretary-Treasurer. Recently, Viral (Victor) Patel and Mahmood (Mike) Merchant were also appointed to the Board of Directors as Directors for District III and District VI respectively.

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