Galveston Hotel & Lodging Association

The Galveston Hotel & Lodging Association is a non-profit organization that represents over 100 members comprised of general managers and hotel owners as well as suppliers who service the Galveston Island hospitality industry.

GHLA is represents the lodging community on local, state, and national levels as well as provides updates on issues facing our industry.  In addition, the Association works Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Park Board of Trustees to promote Galveston as a destination.

The Association’s objectives include providing a forum for education and networking opportunities through quarterly membership meetings, educational seminars, and special events.  GHLA educates future hospitality employees through its mentoring activities with the Ball High School Hospitality Club as well as offers scholarship programs for Hospitality Club students and member employees.

GHLA 2019 Board of Directors

President: Willis Gandhi, Area Owner
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites
8628 Seawall Blvd.
Phone: (409) 740-7900

First Vice President:  Leon Garrison, General Manager
Moody Gardens Hotel
One Hope Boulevard
Phone: (409) 744-4673

Second Vice President:   Sergio Ortiz, General Manager
The Galvestonian
1401 East Beach Drive
Phone: (888) 526-6161

Treasurer:  Claire Reiswerg, Owner / Manager
Sand 'N Sea Properties 
4127 Pirates Beach
(409) 797-5500

Sergeant At Arms: Theresa Elliott, General Manager
Casa Del Mar
6102 Seawall Blvd.
Phone: (409) 740-2431


Secretary: Ron Sutula, General Manager
Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark
2109 Lockheed road 
Phone: (409) 770-9283

Board Member: Mike Pistone, General Manager
Hilton Resort Beachfront
5400 Seawall Blvd.
Phone: (409) 744-5000

Board Member: Kelly de Schaun, Executive Director
Park Board of Galveston
2504 Church
Phone: (409) 797-5100

Board Member:  Jan Collier, Office Coordinator
Vargas Postoffice, Inc. LLC
2102 Post Office
Phone: (409) 762-7226

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