Pictured above from left to right: Chip Rogers, CEO, President, American Hotel Lodging Association | Liz Fitzsimmons, Managing Director, Maryland Office of Tourism| Kelly M. Schulz, Secretary, Maryland Department of Commerce | Chuck Chandler, Executive Committee Chair, Maryland Hotel Lodging Association (MHLA) | Katie Doherty, Executive Committee Vice Chair, MHLA, Co-Chair, MHLA Golf Tournament | Amy Rohrer, President, CEO, MHLA | Michael Henningsen, Immediate Past Chair, MHLA; Executive Vice President of Operations, Plamondon Hospitality Partners | Jim Starke, Treasurer, MHLA | John Fieseler, Executive Director, Visit Frederick
Frederick, MD (October 08, 2020)—Maryland Hotel Lodging Association (MHLA)’s president and CEO, Amy Rohrer, was the recipient of a surprise proclamation from Governor Larry Hogan for her outstanding leadership and dedication to the Maryland hotel and lodging industry. MHLA is the leading advocacy agency for hotels and related industry partners across the state.
“What an honor,” said Rohrer. “It is truly a privilege to serve this industry, and this is a time when advocacy is needed more than ever. Those who are involved with the association are critical to helping us to fulfill our mission, and I’m so grateful for this recognition.”
The proclamation was presented to Rohrer this past Wednesday by Maryland Department of Commerce Secretary, Kelly M. Schulz, on behalf of Governor Hogan at Whiskey Creek Golf Club in Ijamsville, MD during MHLA’s Annual Golf Outing. The proceeds from this event benefit the Maryland Tourism Education Foundation, an organization dedicated to the future of the tourism industry in the state.
“It takes a lot of people to be able to overcome some of the hardships,” said Secretary Kelly M. Schulz, “but having leadership like we have with Amy and having her dedication to this cause, I think provides inspiration to all of us moving forward that we are going to be successful again.”
During this tumultuous time for the hotel and lodging industry across the state, strong leadership is crucial to its recovery and future success—not only for the hotel, lodging, and tourism industries, but for the overall economic well being of the state of Maryland.
“It’s nice that our industry’s dedicated leadership is being recognized by the state for the role it plays in the economic health of the state,” said Peter Plamondon Jr., Co-President, Plamondon Hospitality Partners. “Now more than ever, we need to encourage people to visit Maryland and stay with us, so it’s great that the state recognizes the importance of it.”