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      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

      Educational Institute Honors Rama as CHA Emeritus

      Orlando, Florida, June 2013-The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (EI) awarded Raman P. Rama, CHA, with the title of CHA Emeritus during the Stars of the Industry Luncheon June 19 at the American Hotel & Lodging Association Summer Summit in Denver.

      The CHA Emeritus is awarded to a Certified Hotel Administrator in recognition of his or her long and illustrious career in the hospitality industry. The career of an Emeritus is marked by distinguished achievement in all facets of the industry, signifying a commitment to the past, present, and future of the hospitality environment. Those so honored have played a unique role in shaping the industry's current environment and are widely recognized as role models by their industry peers.

      "The Educational Institute is proud to recognize Raman P. Rama as one of those rare leaders whose long-term dedication and commitment to excellence and further education have shaped and inspired our industry," said Robert L. Steele III, CHA, president and COO of EI. "Those who earn the title of CHA Emeritus have made significant contributions to the hospitality industry through leadership, education, and professional involvement. The Emeritus honor is presented only to select individuals after a career of distinguished contributions and we are pleased to add Mr. Rama's name to this distinguished list."

      Raman P. Rama, B. Com., CHA, CHTP, CHAE, is a principal and vice president and chief technology officer/chief information officer for JHM Hotels in Greenville, South Carolina. He is one of five brothers who own JHM Hotels, which operates more than 40 properties in the United States and India. He is responsible for managing the company's IT infrastructure and planning, as well as establishing the company's technology initiatives. Rama currently serves as the global president of Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP), and holds both the Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive and Certified Hospitality Technology Professional certifications in addition to the CHA.

      His leadership efforts with HFTP have included partnering with hospitality associations in the U.K., India, China, and the U.S. to share resources and produce educational conferences. In addition, he has led the association on developing the Global Hospitality Accounting System Common Practices. The Rama family also has a private university in India-Auro University-that provides students with education in hospitality and business management.

      About the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute
      Established in 1953 as a nonprofit educational foundation of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the Educational Institute’s mission is to continue being the preferred provider to the lodging industry, hospitality schools, and related hospitality industries by developing and providing quality resources to train, educate, and certify hospitality professionals worldwide.

      Elizabeth Johnson - ejohnson@ahla.com

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