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Danny Lafayette announced as BWH Hotel Group’s new Board Chairman

Global hospitality network, BWH Hotel Group, has announced its Board of Director’s election of Danny Lafayette to the position of Board Chairman for 2023.

Formerly Vice-Chairman of the BWH Board and owner of Best Western for 40 years, Danny Lafayette will bring his experience of the sector to bear for the group. During his time as owner, he served in numerous leadership posts, including Governor for over 25 years and District VII (Northeastern region of the U.S. and Eastern provinces of Canada) representative on the Board of Directors. He currently manages around 30 hotels and a dozen eateries.

Beyond his work with BWH Hotel Group, Lafayette is involved in various charitable organisations. Alongside his wife in 2009, he raised money to form the Lafayette Family Cancer Institute. He also has held Board positions at the Maine Innkeepers Association, the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce, the Pine Tree Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Bangor Breakfast Kiwanis Club, and Northern Light Health.

In addition, the Board of Directors elected Phil Payne as Vice-Chairman and Steve Wahrlich as Secretary-Treasurer. Representatives Rajesh Patel and Santosh Khanjee were also elected for Districts IV and V respectively.

I’m pleased to announce Danny Lafayette as our new Chairman of the Board. Danny has been a trusted member of our organisation for over four decades. His deep knowledge of our brand, together with his extensive industry experience, make Danny the ideal selection to serve as Chairman. I look forward to working alongside Danny and his colleagues on the Board of Directors as we continue to grow our brand, deliver industry-leading customer care to our guests, and drive superior revenue to our hoteliers.

Larry Cuculic, President & CEO of BWH Hotel Group

It is an honour to be elected as the Chairman of the Board for BWH Hotel Group. As a long-time member and leader of Best Western, I have witnessed first-hand our journey to becoming a global hospitality powerhouse. I am proud to be a part of this incredible family of hoteliers and I look forward to working with my fellow Directors and our outstanding team of associates to help lead our great brand into an even brighter future ahead.

Danny Lafayette, Chairman of BWH Hotel Group

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