The first tree in our woods has changed to crimson red – fall is in the air; change is afoot.
Saying goodbye to Jay, accepting his parting from Select Registry in Key West, was certainly a bash-of-a-celebration and an appreciative farewell! Jay was the CEO of Select Registry for less than two years, yet, in his short time there, he put in place an awesome team, as he did before, during his longer tenure as the CEO of PAII.
The contemplations that tug at me as I walk in the woods, or before I fall asleep at night, are the same, how did we get here: to be in this industry today, with strong roots starting in the 80’s and early 90’s, with leaders like Mary Davies, Pat Hardy and JoAnn Bell? At that time, PAII offered the strongest, most qualified presenters and the best vendors this industry had to offer. It aimed, with Select Registry, to coordinate national conferences to bring the best, most current information to all.
Change is inevitable! Change never stops, but to have a handful of hungry-for-power-and-money individuals destroy what was such a vital, enthusiastic support organization is incomprehensible!
There is a new organization that was formed recently to remedy that what has almost been lost: AIHP: The Association of Independent Hospitality Professionals (I call it IHOP for short!). It offers a new start, but it not easy for loyalties to jump, like apes in the jungle, embracing a new alliance! PAII is familiar to many and was a great source of stability for this industry for over 30 years. I appreciated Jay’s hard work to keep PAII strong. When he left, it was not his choice, but the greed of a few that destroyed a great venue for all Innkeepers and vendors.
I was pleased to have Jay then take the helm of Select Registry. Inn Partners values this collection of Inns and Innkeepers, as it represents many viable Inn businesses. We often help new Inn owners, when they have purchased an Inn not currently a member of Select Registry, to bring the Inn up to the standards and quality to allow them entry into the organization. At the joint national meetings, new Innkeepers had the best opportunity to meet vendors and were exposed to the best amenities you could buy to appoint your rooms, from washing machines, to electric stoves, to tableware, to linens, to robes and don’t forget soaps and granola!
Having three organizations vie for the support of vendors and individual Bed and Breakfasts and Inns alike is pricey and time consuming! How many meetings can we attend and still run a viable business? How many conferences can vendors attend and still remain profitable enough to support our industry?
Should we choose one date, one location to hold our annual meetings? We need to put our egos aside and commit to quality in our segment of the hospitality industry to bring prosperity and growth to all Bed and Breakfast owners and Innkeepers.
Best wishes to all of you and to Jay and his family, all the best!