AAHOA Named 2020 ASAE Power of A Awards Winner

  • AAHOA
  • 08.11.20
AAHOA is proud to announce it is a recipient of the Gold Award in the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) 2020 Power of A Awards. The Gold Award recognizes AAHOA’s Human Trafficking Awareness Trainings (HTAT) for its extraordinary contributions and efforts to enrich lives and make a better world.

“We are humbled to receive this award for AAHOA’s efforts to combat human trafficking,” said AAHOA President & CEO Cecil P. Staton. “Thousands of hotel owners and their employees have completed our free online trainings that help them identify and respond to suspected trafficking. With businesses in every community across America, hotel owners are well-positioned to spot and report human trafficking. That is why AAHOA’s HTAT is so valuable. It can save lives and keep dangerous criminals out of our communities.”

AAHOA developed HTAT in partnership with Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking (BEST) and Polaris, two organizations recognized in the fight against ending modern-day slavery.

“Congratulations to AAHOA on being named among the very best organizations that go above and beyond their tax-exempt purpose to improve society and our quality of life in America and abroad,” said ASAE President and CEO Susan Robertson, CAE. “This has been a very trying year for associations, but even amid a months-long pandemic, associations are proving that positive change can happen. More than ever, the Power of Associations is on full display in this year’s award-winning programs, providing tangible evidence that associations will help lead the way toward economic and societal recovery in the months ahead.”

ASAE’s Power of A (association) Awards, the industry’s highest honor, recognize the association community’s valuable contributions on the local, national and global levels. The Power of A Awards reward the outstanding accomplishments of associations and industry professionals who work tirelessly to solve problems, and strengthen lives, the workforce, the economy, and the world.

“America’s hotel owners and their employees have a moral obligation to prevent human trafficking at their properties. They can be the first line of defense and help save vulnerable people who are being exploited but only if they know how to identify the signs of trafficking. AAHOA’s HTAT makes that possible. We are honored to receive this recognition of our efforts to educate our industry and empower hoteliers and hospitality workers to stop this terrible crime,” said AAHOA Chairman Biran Patel.

AAHOA is the largest hotel owners association in the world. The over 19,500 AAHOA members own almost one in every two hotels in the United States. With billions of dollars in property assets and hundreds of thousands of employees, AAHOA members are core economic contributors in virtually every community. AAHOA is a proud defender of free enterprise and the foremost current-day example of realizing the American dream.


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