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]

"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

Chair

Shane Cookman

Vice Chair

John Fitzpatrick

Treasurer

Steve Batta

Secretary

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Steve Batta 

Senior Vice President Asset Management
Highgate Hotels

Richard Born 

Owner
BD Hotels

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

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

Hermann Elger 

General Manager
Baccarat Hotel New York

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

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

Robert Rechtermann 

General Manager
The London New York

John Rieman

General Manager
JW Marriott Essex House

Charmaine Stafford

Vice President Operations, New York
InterContinental Hotel Group

David Salcfas

General Manager
New York Marriott East Side

John Schafer

Area VP and General Manager
Grand Hyatt New York

Joanna Sanchez

General Manager
W New York Downtown and W Hoboken

Marc Sternagel 

Managing Director and General Manager
The Roosevelt Hotel New York

Merav Segev

Vice President of Operations
Highgate Hotels

Robert Snyder 

President
Tishman Hotel Corporation

Sofia Vandaele 

General Manager
Intercontinental New York Barclay

Sean Verney

General Manager
Sheraton New York Times Square

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

Receptionist/Secretary

 

Steve Batta, Highgate Hotels

Shane Cookman, Fitzpatrick Manhattan Hotel

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

Diarmuid Dwyer, New York Hilton Midtown

John Fitzpatrick, Fitzpatrick Hotel Group, North America

Fred Grapstein,  Vornado Realty Trust Hospitality Group

Sam Grabush, Highgate Hotels

Becky Hubbard, Lotte New York Palace

John Rieman, JW Marriott Essex House

Robert Lafferty, Highgate Hotels

John Schafer, Grand Hyatt New York

Marc Sternagel, The Roosevelt Hotel New York

Charmaine Stafford, IHG

Sean Verney, Sheraton New York Times Square

COUNSEL

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

 

 
 

CONSULTANTS

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

 

FINANCIAL ADVISORS

Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc.

Wealth Management Advisor

Yatin Doshi, Senior Vice President

 

AUDITOR

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
 
Sean Verney – General Manager, Sheraton New York Times Square
 
 
 
 

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

Sean Verney                                        Sheraton New York Times Square

 Herve Houdre

hervé@houdre.com