WASHINGTON (May 14, 2018) – The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) announced the appointment of Bill McQuillen as Vice President of Communications. McQuillen is a veteran public affairs and communications official, having worked with Fortune 500 companies on crisis and public affairs issues and previously as a financial journalist, most recently focusing on labor, trade and legal affairs.
“I’m thrilled to have Bill join our growing communications team as we advance our communications and advocacy efforts on behalf of this dynamic industry,” said Rosanna Maietta, Senior Vice President of Communications and Public Relations at AHLA. “Bill’s experience as both a reporter and in corporate relations will be critical as we look to deepen relationships and move policy issues forward in Washington and throughout the country.”
Reporting to Maietta, McQuillen will drive AHLA’s messaging and media relations efforts, closely collaborating with the government affairs team to drive key policy priorities for the hotel industry, including workforce and distribution issues, and, importantly, promoting the industry’s focus on workforce development programs that advance the careers of employees.
“This is an exciting time to join the AHLA team, which is at the center of important policy debates that impact so many people across the country,” McQuillen said. “AHLA has put together an incredibly talented and dedicated team, and I’m excited to be a part of it as we build on AHLA’s successes and continue moving the industry forward.”
McQuillen joins AHLA from global public relations firm Burson-Marsteller, where he served as senior director of public affairs and crisis and worked with a variety of companies, foreign governments and other interests on crisis and reputation issues, as well as extensive media training. Prior to that, he spent 15 years at Bloomberg News, where in addition to labor, trade and legal affairs, he also covered international economics, the 9/11 terrorism investigations, and the 2004 presidential election. Bill received his undergraduate degree from the Catholic University of America and a masters from Georgetown University Law Center.
About the American Hotel & Lodging Association
Serving the hospitality industry for more than a century, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) is the sole national association representing all segments of the 8 million jobs the U.S. lodging industry supports, including hotel owners, REITs, chains, franchisees, management companies, independent properties, bed and breakfasts, state hotel associations, and industry suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AHLA focuses on strategic advocacy, communications support, and educational resources for an industry that advances long-term career opportunities for employees, invests in local communities across the country and hosts more than one billion guests’ stays in American hotels every year. AHLA proudly represents a dynamic hotel industry of more than 54,000 properties that supports $1.1 trillion in U.S. sales and generates nearly $170 billion in taxes to local, state and federal governments. Learn more at www.AHLA.com.