Mark is one of three co-founders of Access Hotels and Resorts and specializes in hotel operations, accounting and renovations for the hotel management team.
For the past six years, Mark has been a principal with The Melrose Hotel Corporation and the Senior Vice President of Operations for the company. He was responsible for defining the brand, acquisitions, repositioning and re-branding of new hotels, all capital improvements, all accounting functions, technology, daily operations and strategic planning.
Mark Lahood began his career in 1982 with Marriott, where he held various positions in accounting. In 1985, Mr. Lahood joined a New England-based hotel company where, over the course of 10 years, he held various management positions.
In 1995, Mr. Lahood joined the Great Southern Hotel in Columbus, OH as the general manager. After a $9 million renovation, the hotel was converted to a Westin franchise and achieved an AAA Four Diamond rating. The hotel was then awarded the 1997 Westin Leadership Award for quality and the Elite Hotel Award for outstanding meetings and conventions. In the spring of 1999, Mr. Lahood was appointed General Manager of The Melrose Hotel, Dallas, where he oversaw a multi-million dollar renovation before moving to corporate headquarters of The Melrose Hotel Company in Philadelphia.
Mr. Lahood holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Hospitality at Boston University.