Nils Kindgren, veteran Best Western member and hotel owner, was elected to the board of directors of Best Western International for a three-year term effectively immediately.
Kindgren operates the Best Western Inn and Suites of Sun City in Sun City, Ariz. He will represent Best Western hoteliers in Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, Nebraska and Kansas.
Part of the Best Western family since 1985, Kindgren has been involved in governing roles for the brand and has been an active participant in regional marketing and advertising co-ops such as the Arizona Advertising Co-op and the International Marketing Committee. He has also served on various Best Western corporate committees including the International Brand Identity Task Force, the Best Western Focus and Advisory Group, and, he was most recently a Best Western Governor working on behalf of the Best Western members in central Arizona.
An active businessman, Kindgren has also been involved in numerous industry and civic organizations. He was a member of the AH&LA National Marketing Committee for Small Properties, on the board of directors and legislative committee for the Arizona Hotel and Lodging Association and he has served in top-level leadership roles within other lodging brands. Kindgren is also a member of the Rotary Club of Tempe, Ariz. and was named a Paul Harris Fellow in 1997.
Kindgren, a certified hotel administrator, studied business at the University of Bridgeport, real estate development from UCLA in Los Angeles, Calif. and Architechture from El Camino College. Kindgren is also a licensed realtor and holds a mortgage broker certification.
Best Western is governed by a seven-member board of directors, elected by Best Western member hoteliers in seven geographic regions in North America. Each region, or district, has an average of 300 Best Western member properties. Board members must be member hoteliers and serve a three-year term, with the possibility of a one-time re-election.