The association continues its search for a permanent replacement for Chip Rogers.

AAHOA Chief Operating Officer Rachel Humphrey will serve as interim president and CEO for the association starting Jan. 26. She is filling the position after current President and CEO Chip Rogers announced in December that he would step down in late January.

Humphrey joined AAHOA in 2015 as vice president of franchise relations and later became COO. But her work with the association began in 1999 when she began speaking on franchise law at AAHOA conferences and representing AAHOA members for their legal needs, said AAHOA Chairman Hitesh (HP) Patel.

“Rachel is well known and respected, both in AAHOA and in the hospitality industry,” Patel said. “Rachel’s knowledge of AAHOA, our members, and the hospitality industry will serve the association

Rogers is leaving to take up the position of president and CEO of the American Hotel & Lodging Association. He is succeeding current AHLA President and CEO Katherine Lugar.

He had been in his position at AAHOA since 2014 and oversaw a staff of 30 and an annual budget of $15 million. While he said he is grateful for his time at AAHOA, he said he is looking forward to continuing Lugar’s work at AHLA.

Management consulting firm Korn Ferry has been contracted to assist in the nationwide search for Rogers’ permanent replacement. In the meantime, AAHOA Vice Chairwoman Jagruti Panwala said Humphrey will lead the association well.

“Since joining AAHOA, Rachel strengthened our relationships with franchise and industry partners and helped expand our industry-leading educational offerings,” Panwala said. “She possesses an excellent understanding of the hotel industry and will provide a steady hand as AAHOA enters a new era.”

Rogers said Humphrey will “keep AAHOA moving forward without interruption.”