IHG Owners Association Presents Mark Carrier with Kemmons Wilson Service Award

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Owners Association Recognizes Carrier’s Industry Advocacy

Kemmons Wilson Award 2013

Mark Carrier (right) receives 2013 Kemmons Wilson Service Award from Association Chairman Mike Hembree

IHG Owners Association, during the recent IHG Americas Investors & Leadership Conference, honored Mark Carrier, President, BF Saul Hospitality Group, as the 2013 Kemmons Wilson Service Award winner. Carrier was recognized for his leadership as an advocate on Capitol Hill and within the federal government for hotel owners and operators and the issues impacting their businesses.

“Mark represents the hospitality industry with professionalism and credibility,” said Eva Ferguson, President of the IHG Owners Association. “Over the past few years, his interaction with public policy has helped provide some significant wins for the hotel industry.”

Specifically, the hotel owners’ association recognized Carrier’s continued work on the GSA per diem rates, which helped minimize potential damage from decreased rates in many markets. He also worked to educate hotel owners on the effective use of online travel agencies as a distribution channel as a co-sponsor of the Distribution Channels Study, released in 2011. Carrier is also active in AH&LA, serving on the Governmental Affairs Committee as Vice Chairman of HotelPAC and as a member of the Strategic Advisory Committee, Funding Task Force and Executive Search Committee. He was also appointed by the GSA as an alternate to serve on the Government Travel Advisory Committee.

Carrier was Chairman of the IHG Owners Association in 2009-2010 and continues to work with the Association, currently serving as Chairman of the Crowne Plaza Committee.

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