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Jim Abrahamson

Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Interstate Hotels & Resorts

Jim Abrahamson is Interstate Hotels & Resorts’ Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer responsible for the Company’s overall performance and the global growth of its management portfolio currently consisting of over 430 hotels with nearly 78,000 rooms and 33,000 associates spanning North America, the U.K. and Ireland, Europe, Russia/CIS.

Prior to joining Interstate in 2011, Jim held senior leadership positions with InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), Hyatt Corporation, Marcus Corporation and Hilton Worldwide.

Jim also serves on the board of directors of LaQuinta Corporation and BrightView Corporation.

An active and engaged hospitality industry leader, Jim has spent his entire career involved in hotel and travel industry trade associations spanning the state and local level to serving as national chair of leading industry groups. He currently serves as national chair of the American Hotel and Lodging Association (2015/16) and as immediate past national chair of the U.S. Travel Association (2013/14). 

Jim also is actively involved with students and alumni in the hospitality and business administration fields. He currently serves on the national board of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association, the advisory board of the DePaul School of Hospitality Leadership. He has also been recognized as hospitality leader of the year by Penn State University and UJA of New York City. Jim holds a degree in Business Administration from the University Of Minnesota Carlson School Of Management.