Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Jim Abrahamson is Interstate Hotels & Resorts’ chairman and chief executive officer responsible for the Company’s overall performance and global growth of its management portfolio currently consisting of nearly 430 hotels and over 76,000 rooms and 30,000 associates spanning North America, the U.K. and Ireland, Europe, Russia and CIS.
Prior to joining Interstate in 2011, Jim held senior leadership positions with InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), Hyatt Corporation, Marcus Corporation and Hilton Worldwide.
Jim also serves on the board of directors of La Quinta Corporation and Brightview Corporation.
An active and engaged hospitality industry leader, Jim has spent his entire career involved in hotel and travel industry trade associations spanning the state and local level to serving as national chair of leading industry groups including the American Hotel and Lodging Association (2015/16). He currently serves as immediate past chair of AH&LA and was national chair of the U.S. Travel Association (2013/14).
Jim also is actively involved with students and alumni in the hospitality and business administration fields. He currently serves on the national board of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association and on the advisory board of the DePaul School of Hospitality Leadership. He has been recognized as Hospitality Executive of the Year by Penn State University’s Hotel and Restaurant Society (2013), and by UJA-Federation of New York’s Hospitality Division (2013). Jim holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management.