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Alaska Hotel & Lodging Association Names New Executive Director

Gretchen started April 25 and she has more than 15 years experience in the hospitality industry. Most recently she was sales coordinator with Builders Choice, Inc., and prior to that she worked at the Hilton Anchorage as Director of Purchasing and Catering and Banquet Manager. She graduated with her BS in Hotel, Restaurant, Institutional Management from Johnson and Wales University. She and her husband, Matthew, live in South Anchorage with their 2 children.

“We are excited to have Gretchen take on this role for the organization and are thrilled to work with her”, said Craig Pester, Chairman of the Board of AkH&LA and District Manager of Alaska Operations for Aramark.

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The Alaska Hotel & Lodging Association (AkH&LA) is a non-profit trade association representing over 70% of the lodging rooms in the state of Alaska as well as over 25 industry suppliers. Established in 1983, its mission is to be the leading voice in Alaska’s Hotel & Lodging Industry. The Alaska Hotel & Lodging Association is a partner state association to the American Hotel & Lodging Association.