LONGTIME BEST WESTERN Hotels & Resorts developer and owner Ishwar Naran has been elected chairman of the board for the company for 2021. The Daytona Beach, Florida, hotelier previously served as vice chairman of the board.
Naran has developed, acquired, and managed over 30 hotels over the years, according to the company. He currently owns the Best Western Wesley Chapel in Wesley Chapel, Florida; the Best Western Plus Daytona Inn Seabreeze Oceanfront in Daytona Beach, Florida; and the Best Western Plus Columbia North East in Columbia, South Carolina. He has served on several advisory boards and was elected to the board of directors in 2016 to represent the interests of hotel owners in District IV, which includes Florida, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Puerto Rico.
“As a long time member and leader of Best Western, I’m proud to be a part of this incredible family of hoteliers, whose foundational caring spirit and commitment to providing superior customer care has united our brand and served as a beacon of hope during these unprecedented times,” said Naran. “During this year of immense hardships, I am encouraged that the Best Western family has emerged stronger than ever. I am inspired by the strength and dedication of my fellow hoteliers, and I look forward to working with my fellow board of directors to help lead our family into a brighter future. I believe the best is yet to come for Best Western.”
Naran is a member of AAHOA, the Daytona Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Ormond Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Daytona Beach Shores Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, he is a current member and former board member for the Hotel-Motel Association and was a former president and founder of the Indian Association of Greater Daytona Beach.
“Our industry is facing its greatest crisis to-date and I believe Ishwar’s innovative and strategic thinking will deliver tremendous value as we navigate the year ahead,” said David Kong, Best Western president and CEO. “I look forward to working alongside Ishwar and his colleagues on the board of directors as we continue to grow the Best Western brand, deliver industry-leading customer care to our guests, and drive superior revenue to our hoteliers.”
Naran succeeds Peter Kwong as chairman. John Kelly was named Vice Chairman and Danny Lafayette was named Secretary Treasurer. John Kelly was named vice chairman and Danny Lafayette was named secretary treasurer.