Joseph LavinOwnerFrom 2002 through 2004, Lavin was Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Marriott International’s Marriott ExecuStay, the company’s corporate housing division. During his tenure at ExecuStay, Lavin successfully introduced the corporate housing industry’s first franchise program. He was an active board member of the Corporate Housing Providers’ Association (CHPA).
From 1997 through 2001, Lavin served as Senior Vice President, Franchising, for Marriott’s five limited-service brands. Under his leadership, Marriott’s franchising business achieved substantial growth and currently comprises 70 percent of Marriott’s limited-service portfolio. In addition, Lavin spearheaded the creation of the company’s newest lodging brand, SpringHill Suites, which has grown to nearly 200 hotels in only seven years. He was instrumental in the development and roll-out of the Fairfield Inn “New Blue” revitalization strategy, including introduction of the Fairfield Inn & Suites prototype, which today comprises nearly the entire development pipeline of the brand.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in hotel administration from Cornell University. Lavin is former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Cornell Hotel Society Foundation, serves on the Advisory Board of the recently created Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship at the Cornell Hotel School and is a past President of the Cornell Hotel Society. He served as Executive in Residence at the Cornell Hotel School on 3 occasions. Lavin was part of the Hotel School faculty, teaching “Franchising in the Hospitality Industry” from 2006-2011.
In connection with his ownership in the Country Inn lodging segment, Lavin is president of the New England Inns and Resorts Association (NEIRA) and is a past President of the Hanover (NH) Area Chamber of Commerce.