Best Western International announced that Raymond Johnston, owner of the Best Western Las Brisas in Palm Springs, has been named Chairman of the Best Western board of directors.
“As a Best Western hotelier and a member of our board, Ray has demonstrated time and again his dedication to this organization,” said Larry McRae, board member and outgoing Chairman of Best Western International. “With Ray at the helm, I know this board is in good hands. Best Western is celebrating 60 years in business next year and I’m confident that he will lead us successfully into the next 60.”
Johnston was elected to the Best Western board of directors in 2003 to represent Best Western hoteliers in California, Nevada and Hawaii, and was named Vice Chairman of the board in January 2005.
“It is a tremendous honor to serve as Chairman of this organization,” said Johnston. “Together with the other board directors, I am determined to keep the Best Western brand moving forward.”
Prior to joining the Best Western family in 1993, Johnston enjoyed a distinguished international hotel career with several major hotel chains. For Westin Hotels, he was part of the opening team for the landmark Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles and later the Camino Reals of Mexico. At Princess International Hotels, he helped oversee the opening of the Acapulco Princess Hotel and Golf Resort. Additionally, Johnston has opened properties for Americana Hotels International in Aruba and Holiday Inns of Mexico.
In addition to his hospitality industry experience, Johnston has held key executive positions at Fortune 500 companies including President of Campbell Soup Company’s restaurant division and President of Yellowstone Park Company.
Johnston is a graduate of Michigan State University with a B.A. degree in hotel, restaurant and institutional management and holds a B.S. degree in business administration from Oregon State University.
Best Western International is THE WORLD'S LARGEST HOTEL CHAIN® with more than 4,200 hotels in 80 countries and territories. It is a membership association of independently owned and operated hotels that provides marketing, reservations and operational support to its members.