Executive Staff

J_Jeon_Hires Chief Executive Officer

Joori Jeon is executive vice president and chief financial officer for AH&LA, and president, COO of its not-for-profit affiliate, the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AH&LEF), and CEO of the non-profit American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI).


As senior financial executive of the largest trade association representing every sector of the U.S. lodging industry, Jeon oversees the association's $22 million operating budget. Her overall responsibilities include establishing financial policies and practices; directing and coordinating finance, human resources, and office administration; and developing and implementing a budget to support the association's strategic plan.

As president and COO of AH&LEF, the charitable-giving, fund-raising, and endowed fund-management subsidiary of AH&LA, Jeon is responsible for raising the Foundation's profile as the premier charitable fundraising engine of the industry. 

Previously, Jeon played a key role in strengthening the association's core operations to ensure financial stability. Streamlining efficiency, she led the effort to consolidate AH&LA's two affiliates to form AH&LEF-the only educational dollar-dispensing, not-for-profit organization for scholarships, professional certification, and funding for key industry research. 

Additionally, Jeon serves as staff liaison for several of the association's committees including Audit, Certification & Credentials, Financial Management, and AH&LEF Investment.

A certified public accountant and certified association executive, Jeon serves on the board of directors of Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals. She also serves as finance advisor to the International Hotel & Restaurant Association.

Jeon is a 17-year veteran of the nonprofit industry, having held management positions at the Personal Communications Industry Association, Inova Health System, and Arthur Andersen LLP, prior to joining AH&LA.

A native of Korea, Jeon holds a bachelor's of science degree in business administration from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. She currently resides in Fairfax, Va., with her husband and son.

Senior Vice President, Sales

Brenda Moons Brenda Moons has been the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute's (AHLEI) vice president of lodging sales, since 1999. She joined AHLEI in 1997 as a senior training consultant for sales and then served as vice president of production before assuming her current position.

Moons is responsible for providing strategic and tactical direction to AHLEI lodging industry sales efforts, generating new accounts and maintaining existing accounts with hotel brands and management companies and developing training programs to meet clients' targeted needs.

Moons' background includes extensive experience in project management and instructional design, including design and development of computer-based training, interactive courseware, publications, and platform delivery. She was employed by several Orlando-based training organizations, including Lockheed Martin; Star Mountain, Inc.; Carley Corporation; and Interactive Media Corporation.

Brenda holds a BSBA degree in production management from Florida Southern College and a certificate of interactive courseware development from the American Film Institute in Hollywood, CA. She is a member of the Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers (CHART).

Vice President, Operations

Chris Jack AHLEI's vice president of professional certification, oversees a staff of five people who manage AHLEI's certifications for line-level, supervisory, management, and executive positions in hospitality, as well as certifications geared toward educators and hospitality suppliers. He works closely with the Certification Commission to ensure that the content of AHLEI's certification programs correspond to current industry requirements. 

Jack has a long history with AHLEI's professional certification department. He worked in the certification department from 1994 to 1998. He left the company, and returned in 2001 to become the organization's assessment director. In that role, he was responsible for maintaining and upgrading AHLEI's test item repository and overseeing the creation of exams relating to all AHLEI academic curriculum and certification options. He also worked on the creation and delivery of online assessments and professional certification exams for industry clients. 

Jack also serves as vice president of operations, overseeing and supporting the daily operation of all departments, staff, and processes located at AHLEI's Lansing facility, with a particular focus on fulfillment operations, online product development, assessment systems, and customer service efforts.

Prior to working for AHLEI, Jack was a manager for an independent property. He holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from St. Norbert College in DePere, Wisconsin.

Vice President, Information Technology

Joshua Sumption began working at AHLEI's Lansing, Michigan office as a member of the fulfillment department in 1999. The following year, he moved to the IT department as a PC support coordinator. He was promoted to network administrator in July 2004, with responsibility for supporting AH&LA and AH&LEF's IT functions. In March 2007, he become manager of network operations and relocated to AHLEI's Orlando office. Sumption was promoted to director of network operations in November 2009, and to chief technology officer in October 2011.

Sumption is responsible for the oversight, management, administration and director of IT resources for AH&LA, ahlEI, and AH&LEF. He also serves as the staff liaison for the hospitality industry technical committees, including the AH&LA Technology and E-Business committees.

Sumption holds numerous technical and hospitality certifications and post-secondary course completions in network administration, project management, and security from Magellan University. He also holds the Certified Master Hotel Supplier (CMHS) and Certified Hospitality Supervisor (CHS®) designations from AHLEI.

Ed Kastli Vice President, International Sales

Ed Kastli joined AHLEI's international sales division in November 2009. As AHLEI's managing director for Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the Caribbean, Kastli worked to create new international partnerships beyond AHLEI's original Hospitality Education Partner (HEP) and Global Academic Partner (GAP) model. He expanded AHLEI's global reach and introduced AHLEI programs and services to a number of international hospitality associations and organizations with a special focus on emerging tourism markets such as Azerbaijan, Georgia, Cyprus, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Jordan, Palestine, Oman, Comoros Islands, while strengthening AHLEI's presence in important tourism destinations such as China, South Africa,  UAE and Jamaica.

In his new role as vice president of international sales, Kastli will oversee AHLEI's international sales team, which includes representatives working with Latin America, Europe, China, and Canada, to sustain AHLEI's continuous growth and development overseas.  

Kastli holds a bachelor's degree in Marketing from IHEC Carthage in Tunisia and an M.B.A. in Marketing from Montclair State University in New Jersey. He holds Certified Master Hotel Supplier (CMHS) and Certified Guest Service Professional (CGSP®) designations from AHLEI.

Vice President, Domestic Sales

Shelly Weir Shelly Weir currently serves as Vice-President of Domestic Sales for the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute, where she oversees the domestic sales team responsible for all product sales to the lodging industry and academic school markets.

She also maintains direct supervision over AHLEI's high school and workforce development initiatives and has been a featured speaker at national workforce and career tech education conferences since 2011.

Additionally, Weir has represented the lodging industry on multiple task forces with the US Department of Education and Department of Labor, and works closely with school partners to foster collaborative relationships to help prepare the next generation of hoteliers.  She is a member of the National Network of Business & Industry Associations and the Industry Workforce Needs Coalition in the United States.

Additionally, she is a founding member of both the AH&LA Women in Lodging and Under 30 Gateway chapters in Florida, and is a member of the International Society of Hotel Association Executives (ISHAE). Weir holds a bachelor's degree in international affairs from Florida State University, and is currently pursuing her MBA from Auburn University.  She resides in Orlando, Florida with her husband and their two sons.

Vice President, Training and Development 

Scott Chapman Scott Chapman joined the Educational Institute as Vice President, Training and Development, in January 2014. He is responsible for building and sustaining a center of excellence to support AHLEI clients' and partners' learning and development needs. He guides a team that provides advanced expertise to help develop and implement key learning and development solutions that include face-to-face learning, online learning, virtual delivery, simulations, pre- and post- work exercises, and blended methodologies. 

Chapman brings more than 20 years of hotel industry experience to his new position. He began as a housekeeping operations manager and worked his way to the senior director of global training for Wyndham Worldwide. He has university-level classroom teaching experience and served as vice president of international development and global partnerships for Clean the World, where he helped bridge the gap between a not-for-profit soap recycler and the hospitality industry. He also served as learning and development manager for PetSmart Inc.

He holds a bachelor's degree in hospitality management and a master's degree in instructional design, development and evaluation. During his career, he has also earned the designations of Certified Hospitality Administrator (CHA®), Certified Hospitality Trainer (CHT®) and Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE®).

Joe_McInerney Consultant

Joseph A. McInerney, CHA is a Consultant to the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute.    

McInerney is the president & CEO of McInerney Hospitality International LLC, a full service international consulting firm. He serves as an advisor to start-up companies, various projects in the Republic of Georgia, on the advisory boards at three Universities, and the author of Change is the New Status Quo , a book about leadership, management, people, and lessons learned, released in January 2015.

He is emeritus president and chief executive officer of AH&LA.  As the chief executive of the largest trade association representing the U.S. lodging industry, McInerney implemented and directed AH&LA's services and provided leadership to association members.  During his 12 years, he worked directly with the volunteer officers, board of directors, and partner state associations in determining the direction of the industry.  

He has over 50 years of experience in the hospitality industry in both the for profit and not for profit sectors as president/CEO of ITT Sheraton's Franchise Division, Hawthorn Suites, Forte Hotels, the Pacific Asia Travel Association, and the American Hotel & Lodging Association, providing him with a global prospective and a greater understanding of the various business models and cultural diversity sensitivities throughout the world. 

Throughout his career, McInerney has been a change agent - growing brands, creating earning streams, increasing profits, enhancing brand image, and significantly improving employee morale at the companies and associations he managed.   

McInerney is an honor graduate of Boston College and a United States Army veteran. He also is a Certified Hotel Administrator via the Educational Institute.  

McInerney has been recognized with several industry awards, including 2013 Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals Paragon Award, 2013 The Food & Beverage Association Industry Professional of the Year, 2012 Georgia Hotel & Lodging Association Beacon of Hospitality for Industry Leadership, the Boutique Lifestyle Lodging Association 2012 Person of the Year award; the first 2012 Founding Member award from DePaul University College of Commerce School of Hospitality Leadership; induction into the 2010 University of Houston's Hospitality Hall of Honors, induction into the 2010 Massachusetts Lodging Association Hall of Fame; the 2009 J. Patrick Leahy Lifetime Achievement Award from the Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association; 2007 "Above and Beyond Award" at The Lodging Conference; 2000 "Tourism Man of the Year" award by the Pacific Area Travel Writers Association; the 1999 Stephen Brener, Silver Plate Lifetime Achievement Award from Hospitality Magazine; Travel Agent Magazine's 1998 Pacific/Asia Person of the Year, and the 1994 Economy Lodging's "Person of the Year," by AH&LA.

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