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History & Leadership

About Us

The Connecticut Lodging Association has been supporting Hotels, Motels, Bed & Breakfasts, and Tourism Related Businesses since 1904. This trade association aims to promote the lodging industry in Connecticut by representing its members in government and association partnerships. Apart from hotels, motels, resorts, inns, and bed and breakfasts, we also have an allied member program that includes tourism attractions and a range of vendor services.

The Connecticut Lodging Association was incorporated as the Connecticut Hotel Association in September of 1904. The founders were John J. Dahill of Allyn House, Hartford; James Bowker of Winthrop Hotel, Meriden; F.M. Johnson and George Q. Patee. The articles of incorporation stated the following purpose:
  • To promote the social and business welfare of its members and to do any and all acts necessary and incidental thereto pertaining.
  • To establish and maintain a system of reports which may be used by its members for their guidance and protection.
  • To take such steps as may be necessary and proper for the arrest and prosecution of such employees and dishonest persons who may defraud or cheat any of its members.
  • To assist its members in procuring honest and competent employees.
  • To protect the hotel interests in this State from unjust, unnecessary and discriminating legislative action.
  • To do any and all other acts and things necessary and proper to carrying out the purposes and ends above set forth.
Consistent with the National Association’s name change, we became the “Connecticut Hotel and Motel Association” in 1967. In 1994, our name was changed to the “Connecticut Lodging and Attractions Association” and our present name was adopted by the membership in 1998.

Our purpose has remained consistent since our founding in 1904, even after 118 years of association and industry history.

Board of Directors


Duane Schroder - President, Waterford Hotel Group

Meri Wick - Vice President, Westbrook Inn, Westbrook

Lynn Dell - Secretary, Doubletree Bristol

Jon Norton - Treasurer, Omar Coffee Company

Steve Matiatos - Immediate Past President, Courtyard by Marriott New Haven at Yale

Victor Antico Jr. - Past President, Holiday Inn Express, Vernon

Michael Trosin - Past President, Marriott Hartford/Windsor, Windsor

Term Ending 2023

Traci LaShomb, CHA, Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham, Uncasville

Dinu Patel, Rodeway Inn & Suites, Branford

Mike Ferguson, New Haven Hotel, New Haven

Term Ending 2024

Michael Marques, Hampton Inn, Shelton

Robins Patel, JNR Management, Manchester

Fernando Solis, Courtyard by Marriott, Cromwell

Term Ending 2025

Amy Wagner, The Whaler’s Inn, Mystic

Lindsey Struck, Hampton Inn & Suites, Manchester

Anna Leonard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Windsor Locks

Alan Miller, Sheraton Bradley, Windsor Locks

Jasmine Lewis, Henrietta House Bed & Breakfast, Ashford

David Heckman, Hilton Hartford, Hartford

Chris Bird, Saybrook Point Resort & Marina, Old Saybrook


Scott Dolch, Connecticut Restaurant Association

Bob Forcier - Education Representative, Mitchell College 

Robert Murdock - CVB Representative, Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau

Atty. Ryan O'Donnell - Allied Representative, FordHarrison

Win Smith III – Marketing Representative, Hospitality and Luxury Brand Consultant

Staff Members

Ginny Kozlowski, Executive Director - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Armando P. Paolino III, Paolino Public Affairs Consulting, Inc. - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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You can reach us via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 860-635-5600.