Top hoteliers gather for BCHA VIP Dinner

James Chase with the evening’s sponsors. Back from left:  Ashley Renaud, Foodbuy; Christine Pella, Serta Simmons; Martin Brochu, Foodbuy; James Chase, BCHA; Andrew Chlebus, LG Electronics; Michael Van Dyke, Ecolab; Michael Starrett, Eden Textile. Front row: Adrian Aragon, Ecolab and Ray Berube, RHB Enterprises.

James Chase with the evening’s sponsors. Back from left: Ashley Renaud, Foodbuy; Christine Pella, Serta Simmons; Martin Brochu, Foodbuy; James Chase, BCHA; Andrew Chlebus, LG Electronics; Michael Van Dyke, Ecolab; Michael Starrett, Eden Textile. Front row: Adrian Aragon, Ecolab and Ray Berube, RHB Enterprises.

VANCOUVER — Following the success of last year’s launch of the BCHA Hotel VIP
Leader’s Dinner to celebrate the BC Hotel Association’s 100th Anniversary,
this year’s event took place at Vancouver’s #1 rated restaurant, The Blue Water
Café. 

Blue Water Cafe's Pacific Room. Source: Ttourism Vancouver. Photo by Steve Li

Blue Water Cafe's Pacific Room. Source: Ttourism Vancouver. Photo by Steve Li

The social event following the Western Canadian Lodging Conference
saw 60 top hotel industry leaders attend including such brands as Marriott, Wyndham,
Fairmont, Sandman, Travelodge, Canalta, Accor, Days Inn, Red Lion, Coast, Motel
6, Accent Inns and Executive Hotels.  Also attending were a number of ownership, development and management companies including Oxford
Properties, SilverBirch, Atlific, Superior Lodging, MasterBUILT, Realstar, Manga,
Evergreen, and AHIP along with other western owners and operators.

From left: Irwin Prince, Realstar; Jason Cheskes, Above the Line Solutions; Christine Pella, Serta; Brooke Christianson, Canalta.

From left: Irwin Prince, Realstar; Jason Cheskes, Above the Line Solutions; Christine Pella, Serta; Brooke Christianson, Canalta.

Jason Cheskes, president of Above the Line Solutions, a company
involved nationally in many aspects of hotel procurement and support services, once
again organized a top-level experience for all.  

“It is a great honour to be able to work with
BCHA to have the opportunity to gather such a fantastic group of industry
leaders. The dinner serves to provide the opportunity for all to get know each
other better in a casual, relaxed environment. Blue Water Cafe and their team
did a great job and they deserve all the praise they receive, and days later I
am still hearing fantastic feedback from those that attended,” Cheskes stated.

Don Cleary, Marriott Hotels.

Don Cleary, Marriott Hotels.

This year’s event sponsors included LG Electronics, Ecolab, Serta,
Eden Textiles, RHB Enterprises, National Payments, and Foodbuy.

James Chase, president and CEO of BCHA, remarked to CLN, “We really
appreciate the high-quality event that Jason has put together with the support
of our partner sponsors.  BCHA is happy
to have opportunity to gather so many of key industry leaders and association members
and support our industry’s cohesion and alignment. We plan to continue this
event well into the future.”

He added that The BC Hotel
Association Summit is being held in Kelowna April 8-9th. Information can be found at www.bchospitalitysummit.com.

Carrie Russell, HVS, with Trevor Scott, Superior Lodging Corp.

Carrie Russell, HVS, with Trevor Scott, Superior Lodging Corp.

Jonathan Korol, SilverBirch; Chris Campbell and Don Fennerty, Accent Inns.

Jonathan Korol, SilverBirch; Chris Campbell and Don Fennerty, Accent Inns.

Ian Ricci, Accor; Ed Khediguian, CWB Finance; and Barry Landsberg, Fairmont.

Ian Ricci, Accor; Ed Khediguian, CWB Finance; and Barry Landsberg, Fairmont.

Robert Pratt, Sandman; Manlio Marescotti, Marriott; and Shahzad Cokar, Manga.

Robert Pratt, Sandman; Manlio Marescotti, Marriott; and Shahzad Cokar, Manga.

Takamasa Machiura, Coast; Taj Kassam, Sandman; and Mark Hope, Coast .

Takamasa Machiura, Coast; Taj Kassam, Sandman; and Mark Hope, Coast .

Bob Pomeroy, Pomeroy Hotels and David Mackenzie, BCHA.

Bob Pomeroy, Pomeroy Hotels and David Mackenzie, BCHA.

The seafood tower at the Blue Water Cafe.

The seafood tower at the Blue Water Cafe.

Watch for more photos from the dinner coming to our Facebook page, @CanadianLodgingNews.