It’s been an unprecedented era of challenges for so many people and industries. At this pivotal moment of recovery and rebuilding, please join UJA’s Hospitality Division to honor Fred Dixon, Roger Dow, and Chip Rogers, all of whom have shown professional grace and vision as they helped usher the hospitality industry through Covid-19 and its ongoing ramifications. We’ll also celebrate UJA’s life-changing work supporting those most in need since Covid-19 first hit.
As we come together to honor these three outstanding executives and philanthropic leaders, we encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity to celebrate with our dynamic community in person. Please give as generously as you are able to recognize Fred, Roger, and Chip and UJA’s transformative work.
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Commemorative Journal Close Date: October 25, 2021
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Fred Dixon is president and CEO of NYC & Company, New York City’s official destination marketing organization. He joined the organization in 2005 as vice president, tourism, and rose to CEO in 2014. With more than 30 years of experience in the travel industry, Fred has the overall responsibility for developing and implementing New York City’s tourism, meetings, and events strategy and programming to grow business and leisure travel from across the U.S. and around the world.
At NYC & Company, Fred has built a sales and marketing team at the core of the organization’s strategy to increase visitation and economic impact across the city. In 2019, New York City welcomed a record 66.6 million visitors, which generated $72 billion in economic impact and powered more than 400,000 jobs across the five boroughs.
Fred built a network of 17 global outposts comprising sales, marketing, and press professionals from Australia to the UK, China to Mexico, and India to Brazil that more than doubled international visitation to 13.5 million by the end of 2019.
During the early months of the Covid-19 pandemic, Fred organized the Coalition for NYC Hospitality and Tourism Recovery, bringing together industry leaders from across all five boroughs to begin planning a path back. That July, NYC & Company and the Coalition published “All In NYC: The Roadmap for Tourism’s Reimagining and Recovery,” which is being implemented with investment from the city for recovery messaging and promotion.
Fred is a respected leader with positions on travel industry association boards and committees including the New York Convention Center Operating Corporation Board and U.S. Travel Association, where he serves as vice chair of the board, co-chair of the Meetings Mean Business Coalition, and member of the IPW Planning Committee.
He has previously held board positions with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Travel and Tourism Advisory Board, Tourism Cares, the National Tour Association (NTA), and Student & Youth Travel Association (SYTA).
Fred is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and resides in Midtown Manhattan.
Roger Dow is president and CEO of U.S. Travel Association, the Washington, D.C.-based organization representing all segments of travel in America. U.S. Travel’s mission is to increase travel to and within the United States.
As the leading travel industry advocate, Roger and his team regularly confers with administration and congressional leaders to advance policies that benefit the broader travel industry. His efforts have resulted in major legislative victories, including securing pandemic-related relief for the hard-hit travel industry; establishing and renewing Brand USA, the highly effective national travel and tourism promotion program; and procuring funds to maintain America’s treasured national parks. Roger and U.S. Travel are also leaders of the Meetings Mean Business Coalition, which promotes and defends the value of face-to-face business meetings, trade shows, conferences, and conventions, as well as the Let’s Go There Coalition, a domestic initiative to inspire future travel following steep declines associated with the coronavirus pandemic.
Most recently, Roger launched The Dow Report, a regular video series that features conversations with prominent CEOs across the industry about their leadership throughout the pandemic.
For his efforts to unify the travel industry and increase its effectiveness on Capitol Hill, Roger has received multiple honors and awards. Roger has also held seats on several boards, including ASAE, GWSAE, MPI Foundation, PCMA, Tourism Diversity Matters, RE/MAX International, the Travel Institute, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100, among others.
Prior to joining U.S. Travel in 2005, Roger spent 34 years at Marriott International, rising to senior vice president of global and field sales. Roger served in the United States Army with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam, where he received the Bronze Star and other citations. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Seton Hall University and was honored as a Most Distinguished Alumnus in 2012. In addition, he holds an honorary degree from Johnson & Wales University.
Chip Rogers joined the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) as president and CEO in January 2019. AHLA is America’s only national association dedicated to serving the interests of the entire hotel and lodging industry.
In his role as president & CEO, Chip has led the AHLA team and the lodging industry to achieve tangible results. He has received numerous awards and recognitions including Business Travel News “25 Most Influential 2020,” “Top Lobbyist in 2019 and 2020” by The Hill, “Small Business Defender of the Year” by Job Creators Network, and “Most Influential People in Washington” by Washingtonian magazine.
Under Chip’s leadership, AHLA was named as “100 Associations That Will Save the World” by ASAE, was honored with the White House “Presidential Award for its Pledge to America’s Workers” and was recognized with the PR Week Purpose Awards 2020.
In addition to leading AHLA, Chip is a member of the board of directors for the United States Travel Association, Community Leaders of America, and the California Hotel & Lodging Association. Prior to joining the hospitality industry, Chip served in the Georgia General Assembly. He was elected to office six times and was unanimously elected twice to serve as Senate majority leader.
Chip earned his undergraduate degree from Georgia Tech and his MBA from Georgia State.
American Hotel & Lodging Association
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
PMZ Realty Capital LLC
Thomas J. Corcoran, Jr.
TCOR Hotel Partners
Atrium Holding Company
InterContinental Hotels Group
Mark S. Hoplamazian
Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Access Point Financial
InterContinental Hotels Group
Marriott International: New York Full Service and Luxury Hotels
NYC & Company
Choice Hotels International
James F. Risoleo
Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc.
Starwood Capital Group
PMZ Realty Capital LLC
U.S. Travel Association
Deloitte & Touche LLP
Ackman-Ziff Real Estate Group
UJA Hospitality Division
Jonathan Tisch, Loews Hotels & Co.
Richard Born, BD Hotels
Jonathan Falik, JF Capital Advisors
Mark Gordon, Intrinsic Hotel Capital
Michael Lefkowitz, Triumph Hotels
Michele Mahl, JLL | Hotels & Hospitality Group
Gary Mendell, HEI Hotels & Resorts
David A. Pepper, Choice Hotels International, Inc.
Stacy Silver, Silver Hospitality Group LLC
Evan Weiss, LW Hospitality Advisors
Young Hospitality Chair:
Rich Levins, Fulcrum Hospitality LLC
Young Hospitality Vice Chair:
Jess Shevins, Newmark
Young Hospitality Committee Members:
Sean Banilivy, Paramount Lodging Advisors
Marlee Birnberg, WeWork
Ben Broad, Keter Point
Jeremy Cooper, Stonehill
Ben Djaha, Edition
Ryan Erenstein, Actual Hospitality Group
Katie Fishbin, Newmark
Lauren Greenberg, Cushman & Wakefield
Alana Gross, Rialto
Jordan Rahimi, Hospitality House
Rachel Rosen, sbe
Adam Schuit, A/O PropTech
W. Mason Smith, Certares
Brendan Stone, Vornado Realty Trust
Peter Weiss, Prospect Ridge
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