Chair and Officers

Meet Our 2019 IHLA Chair, Mark Lauer
Mark Lauer believes in being intellectually curious and driven by team wins and not individual success. Mark has made mentoring and guiding future leaders of the hospitality industry a priority, reinforcing the idea that good leadership requires self-knowledge, awareness, and individual leadership style. He has said: “You are judged by the team you build”. With this in mind, we know Mark as a great leader with the ability to motivate and inspire in any situation. Since the beginning of his career in 1980, he has brought passion for the industry that is evident by the long list of organizations which he has lent his time and expertise to throughout his career. In his current position, he oversees all of the finance, sales, and marketing operations at his property. Throughout his career, which began at Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile in 1980, he has held several leadership roles including Director of Marketing and Hotel Manager at Waldorf Astoria New York and as General Manager at the New York Hilton Midtown. Mark studied at Loyola University and later became a board member for the Avenue of the Americas Association, Historic Hotels of America, Hotel Association of New York City, Nebraska Hotel/Motel Association, and Omaha Chamber of Commerce.