PHOENIX — Best Western Hotels & Resorts has elected John L. Kelly as its Board Chairman for 2022. In his new role, Kelly will drive Best Western’s recovery, growth and future success.

Kelly brings 28 years of Best Western ownership to his new role as Chairman, as well as decades of hospitality experience. He was initially elected to the Board of Directors in 2016 to represent the interests of hoteliers in District V, which includes Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. In fact, he owns and operates the Best Western Plus Yukon in Oklahoma, earning perfect quality-assurance scores and numerous accolades.

Kelly has also served on the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association, the State of Oklahoma Tourism Advisory Committee, the El Reno Airpark Authority, the El Reno Visitors and Tourism Advisory Committee and was elected to the El Reno City Council.

“John has been a trusted member of our organization for close to three decades and I believe he will deliver tremendous value as we embark on a new chapter for our organization,” says Larry Cuculic, president and CEO, Best Western Hotels & Resorts. “Our future together is ours to make, and I look forward to working alongside John 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.”

“It’s a privilege to be elected as the Chairman of the Board for Best Western Hotels & Resorts,” says Kelly. “My membership with this remarkable organization has been a point of pride throughout my career and I’m honored to serve in this leadership role on behalf of our family of hoteliers. Our organization has shown tremendous strength throughout the pandemic, and with the hope of recovery on the horizon, I look forward to working with my fellow directors to help lead our family into a brighter future. I believe the best is yet to come for Best Western Hotels & Resorts.” 


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