AAHOA officers attend White House event celebrating AANHPI community

Chairman Miraj Patel and President and CEO Laura Lee Blake represented the association

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AAHOA White House Reception 2024
AAHOA Chairman Miraj Patel and Laura Lee Blake, the association’s president and CEO, recently participated in a White House reception for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. President Biden and Vice President Harris addressed the AANHPI community at the Rose Garden reception.

AAHOA OFFICERS RECENTLY participated in a White House reception for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. AAHOA Chairman Miraj Patel and Laura Lee Blake, the association’s president and CEO, represented the association.

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris made remarks at the reception held in the Rose Garden, recognizing the AANHPI community, AAHOA said in a statement.

“We were honored and privileged to represent AAHOA and our 20,000 members at the historic White House celebration,” said Patel. “This event highlights the AA and NHPI communities’ remarkable contributions to the U.S., mirroring AAHOA’s representation of Asian American entrepreneurship in hospitality for the past 35 years. As we reflect on our rich heritage during AANHPI Month, we honor the incredible legacy of Asian American hoteliers and entrepreneurs who have shaped, and continue to shape, our industry and nation.”

The White House Initiative on AANHPI and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center last year called for intergenerational connection, action, and reflection, AAHOA said. This year marks 25 years since the creation of the Initiative and President’s Advisory Commission on AANHPI.

“It was inspiring to hear from our nation’s top leaders, each underscoring the historical backdrop, vital contributions, and rich diversity of our communities,” said Blake. “I am proud to stand with leaders who are dedicated to ensuring the voices of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders are heard and respected. We thank the White House for this prestigious invitation and to all who continue to champion AAHOA Members’ contributions and potential.”

AAHOA recently rebranded its Regional Conferences and Trade Shows as ‘Hotel Owners Conferences & Trade Shows,’ emphasizing initiatives like HerOwnership and HYPE roundtables, and enabling industry leaders to connect, collaborate, and advance women and future leaders.