PETER KWONG IS the new chairman of Best Western Hotels & Resorts’ board of directors. His election follows several leadership changes at other hotel companies over the past month.
Kwong previously served as vice chairman and has been a Best Western owner for 25 years.
He also served as a governor for Best Western and was a member of the District VI Marketing Co-op and the Best Western Reservation Technology Committee. In 2015, he was elected to the board of directors to represent owners in District 6, which includes California, Nevada and Hawaii.
Outside of Best Western, he has served as director of the Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau, director and vice president of the Los Angeles Chinese Chamber of Commerce and director and founding member of the Chinatown Business Improvement District. Kwong also has been active in community organizations such as the Community Police Advisory Board for the Los Angeles Police Department, the Citizens Safety Patrol for the South Pasadena Police Department and the South Pasadena Redevelopment Commission.
“I have spent decades with this brand and have witnessed first-hand the remarkable evolution we’ve made from the addition of new and relevant brands to the significant property improvements made by our hoteliers,” Kwong said.
Kwong is a graduate of the University of Southern California.
“Mr. Kwong has impressive experience and a deep understanding of our brand,” said Best Western President and CEO David Kong. “He is well-regarded among our hoteliers as an innovative, strategic and trusted colleague.”
Last week Wyndham Hotels & Resorts announced that Chief Financial Officer David Wyshner was stepping down while Extended Stay America reported the addition of three new executive team members, including Bruce Haase as its new president and CEO.
Also, Radisson Hotel President for the Americas Ken Greene stepped down for personal reasons and Red Lion Hotel Corp. named John Russell, Jr. as interim CEO to replace Greg Mount. Mount resigned from that job last month in what the company’s board of directors called a “necessary action” in part to stop the exit of franchisees from the system.
In November, Best Western Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Dorothy Dowling received a Bronze Stevie Award in the Woman of the Year award. Dowling won in the advertising, marketing, and public relations category in the 16th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business contest.