About US

The Key to New York City Hospitality!

Serving the Hotel Industry since 1878,  HANYC (Hotel Association of New York City)  is the oldest hotel association in the US and one of the oldest professional trade associations in the nation . Its founders’ mission was to establish an association that would serve as the voice of the hotel industry, supporting its members with the highest standard of services and best available resources. Today the Hotel Association of New York City is an internationally recognized leader in New York City’s $5 billion tourism industry, representing  nearly 300 of the finest hotels with over 80,000 rooms and approximately 50,000 employees.

300 of the finest hotels

80,000 rooms

approximately 50,000 employees

In a city that serves as a global center for entertainment, media finance and culture, the hospitality industry plays a pivotal role. HANYC continues to anticipate the growing needs of its member hotels within New York City’s ever changing economic and political climate. The Association advocates on behalf of its members on a variety of legislative areas besides setting the standard for training, best practices and cooperative initiatives with a number of key New York City stakeholders. 

Labor/ Legal Counsel
Kane Kessler

Public Relations
LAK Public Relations

Fire Protection and Public Safety
Contact Jimmy: [email protected]

Environment Protection

Legislative Representation

"As the go-to source for New York’s hotel industry, HANYC is its proactive voice on all matters pertaining to hospitality. It advocates, educates, communicates and innovates to ensure the long term health and vitality of the industry. "
Vijay Dandapani
President and CEO of Hotel Association of New York City
President Letter

Vijay Dandapani

President and CEO

Fred Grapstein


Shane Cookman

Vice Chair

John Fitzpatrick


Steve Batta



Steve Batta 

Senior Vice President Asset Management
Highgate Hotels

Richard Born 

BD Hotels

Derrick Carlo

Regional Vice President of Human Resources
InterContinental Hotels Group

Kaizad Charna 

Area Managing Director
The Lexington New York

Shane Cookman 

Area General Manager
Fitzpatrick Manhattan Hotel

Vijay Dandapani

President and CEO
Hotel Association of New York City

Joe Dembek

General Manager
Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel

Christine Devers 

Complex General Manager
Renaissance New York Times Square and W New York Times Square

Diarmuid Dwyer 

General Manager
New York Hilton Midtown

Christopher Elko

Area Director of Labor Relations, New York and New Jersey
Marriott Hotels

John Fitzpatrick

President and CEO
Fitzpatrick Hotel Group

Sam Grabush

Senior Vice President of Operations
Highgate Hotels

Fred Grapstein 

Executive Vice President
Vornado Realty Trust Hospitality Group

Boris Guerov

General Manager
Conrad New York Midtown

Becky Hubbard 

General Manager
Lotte New York Palace

Sam Ibrahim

General Manager
New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge

Robert Lafferty

SVP of Labor Relations and Labor Counsel
Highgate Hotels

Geoffrey Allan Mills

Regional Vice President
Hudson Hotel

Matt Norman 

Executive Vice President of Human Resources
Denihan Hospitality Group

Ann Peterson

General Manager
The New Yorker, a Wyndham Hotel

Marlene Poynder

General Manager
Conrad New York Downtown

John Rieman

General Manager
JW Marriott Essex House

Joel Rosen

GFI Hospitality LLC

David Salcfas

General Manager
Algonquin Hotel Times Square, Autograph Collection

John Schafer

Area VP and General Manager
Grand Hyatt New York

Joanna Sanchez

General Manager
W Hoboken

Merav Segev

Vice President of Operations
Highgate Hotels

Marc Sternagel 

Managing Director and General Manager
The Roosevelt Hotel New York

Robert Snyder 

Tishman Hotel Corporation

Sofia Vandaele 

General Manager
Intercontinental New York Barclay

Steve Batta, Chairman Highgate Hotels
Hervé Houdré, Founder

H2 Sustainability Consulting

Vijay Dandapani, President and CEO  Hotel Association of New York City 
John Schafer Grand Hyatt New York
Daniel Fevre Courtyard by Marriott New York JFK Airport
Geoffrey Mills Hudson Hotel
Craig Russel Roger Smith Hotel
John Fitzpatrick Fitzpatrick Hotel Group, North America
Vijay Dandapani

President and CEO

Niki J. Franzitta, Esq.

Vice President of Member Relations and Development

Albert Fernandez

CFO / Controller

Sandy Abiad

Executive Assistant

Neil Tai

Technology Associate

Tamta Beriashvili

Office Coordinator

Rosa E. Reyes



Steve Batta, Highgate Hotels

Derrick Carlo, IHG

Shane Cookman, Fitzpatrick Manhattan Hotel

Vijay Dandapani, President and CEO Hotel Association of New York City 

Joe Dembek, Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel

Diarmuid Dwyer, New York Hilton Midtown

John Fitzpatrick, Fitzpatrick Hotel Group, North America

Sam Grabush, Highgate Hotels

Fred Grapstein,  Vornado Realty Trust Hospitality Group

Becky Hubbard, Lotte New York Palace

Robert Lafferty, Highgate Hotels

John Rieman, JW Marriott Essex House

John Schafer, Grand Hyatt New York

Marc Sternagel, The Roosevelt Hotel New York




Kane Kessler, P.C. 

  • David R. Rothfeld, Esq.
  • Steven Cohen, Esq.
  • Robert L. Sacks, Esq. 
  • Lois M. Traub, Esq. —– 646-957-3826
  • Alexander Soric, Esq. —–  917-613-8459
  • Jennifer M. Schmalz, Esq. —–  845-519-9119
  • Jaclyn K. Ruocco, Esq. —–  973-902-9489
  • Joseph Tangredi, Esq. —–  917-803-8002




Metropolitan Public Strategies, Inc. 

Neal Kwatra, CEO

Austin Shafran, Senior Vice President

Kasirer Consulting  

Suri Kasirer, President

LAK Public Relations, Inc.

Lisa Linden, President & CEO

David Simpson, Senior Vice President



Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc.

Wealth Management Advisor

Yatin Doshi, Senior Vice President



Davis, Ward & Hochman LLP Larry B. Hochman, CPA, Partner

David H. Ward, CPA, Partner


Office of the Impartial Chairperson

Pam Ozoria

Sara French

W. R. Dadukian Duke Associates

Bunny Grossinger Bunny Grossinger Enterprises

Marilyn Q. Lipman

Arnold Tanner Westchester Country Club


American Hotel & Lodging Association
Chip Rogers, President & CEO

The Broadway League Inc.
Charlotte St. Martin, President

Credit Management Association
Michael Mitchell,CAE, President & CEO

Hospitality Financial & Technology Professionals – New York City Chapter
Elena Mitronich, President

Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International
Consuela Hooblal, President
Kathie Stapleton, Executive Director

Hotel Engineers Association of New York
Sarah Berman, Executive Director

The Leading Hotels of the World, LTD.
Ted Teng, President & CEO


Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Liza Parker, Chief Operating Officer

NYC & Company
Fred Dixon, CEO

NYC Hospitality Alliance
Andrew Rigie, Executive Director

New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association
Mark Dorr President

New York State Restaurant Association
Melissa Autlio Fleischut, President & CEO

Preferred Hotels & Resorts
Jonathan Newbury, Vice President

RMPG, a York RSG Co.
Liam J. Dunne, President/CEO

Big Apple Greeters.
Alicia Pierro, Executive Director

Steve Batta – Senior Vice President Asset Management, Highgate Hotels
Shane Cookman – Area General Manager, Fitzpatrick Hotels
Vijay Dandapani – President & CEO, Hotel Association of New York City
Robert Lafferty – Vice President of Human Resources & Labor Counsel, Highgate Hotels
John Rieman – General Manager, JW Marriott Essex House. 
David Salcfas – General Manager, New York Marriott East Side

John Schafer, Chairman                    Grand Hyatt New York

Steve Batta                                          Highgate Hotels

Sam Grabush                                       Highgate Hotels

John Rieman                                       JW Marriott Essex House New York

Robert Snyder                                     Tishman Hotel Corporation


 Herve Houdre