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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


Shane Cookman

Vice Chair

John Fitzpatrick


Steve Batta



Steve Batta 

Richard Born 

Kaizad Charna 

Shane Cookman 

Vijay Dandapani

Christine Devers 

Diarmuid Dwyer 

Christopher Elko

Hermann Elger 

John Fitzpatrick

Sam Grabush

Fred Grapstein 

Becky Hubbard 

Sam Ibrahim

Robert Lafferty

Geoffrey Mills

Matt Norman 

Ann Peterson

Marlene Poynder

Robert Rechtermann 

John Rieman

Charmaine Stafford

David Salcfas

John Schafer

Joanna Sanchez

Marc Sternagel 

Merav Segev

Robert Snyder 

Sofia Vandaele 

Sean Verney

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


Alan Guan

Manager of Digital Services

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,  Hotel Pennsylvania

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

Charmaine Stafford, IHG Hotels

Sean Verney, Sheraton New York Times Square


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




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



Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc.

Wealth Management Advisor

Yatin Doshi, Senior Vice President



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