Springfield Hotel Lodging Association

The Springfield Hotel Lodging Association (SHLA) is a coalition formed among hotels in Springfield, Missouri to ensure the quality, comfort, and cleanliness of the city’s accommodations.

There are several benefits to joining SHLA, the most notable being the monthly membership luncheon.  Held on the third Wednesday of each month, with an average attendance of 90 guests, this networking and informational event helps industry peers form new, valuable connections and stay up to date with the latest industry news.

In addition, members gain access to a vendors-preferred purchasing list, secure a Book Direct reservation link on the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau website, stay in the loop about upcoming programs/seminars on current industry issues, and receive legislative updates.  Members are also granted an employee referral/job bank, have an opportunity to be part of a large voice in the Springfield Community, and qualify for room overflow referral.

The most rewarding benefit of joining SHLA, and, therefore, paying the associated membership fee, is the knowledge that your membership fees contribute to student scholarships.  These scholarships are based on GPA, financial need of candidate, past and present in the Springfield community and hospitality industry, and future plans to pursue this community and industry.

Cara Walker-Whiteley, General Manager of the La Quinta Inns and Suites – Airport, is the current President of SHLA, and Laurie Hays is the Executive Director of the association.

To learn more information, visit shla.com.

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Joe Clote

Joseph W. Clote is owner of Publishing Concepts, LLC a communications and marketing firm based in Saint Louis, Missouri. Mr. Clote is Group Publisher of MeetMed™ and Missouri Meetings & Events™ (MM&E) magazine, a quarterly publication read by thousands of meeting and event professionals, and producer of the St. Louis and Kansas City trade shows under the MM&E name. Mr. Clote has extensive sales and marketing expertise in the travel, tourism, fine art, insurance, and software development industries.