Troy Flanagan serves as vice president of government affairs and industry relations for the American Hotel & Lodging Association. He brings over 15 years of experience to the role as a policy advocate who works closely with AHLA’s partner state associations and industry allies on issues critical to the hotel industry, such as workforce issues, ongoing technology and distribution concerns, and emerging issues such as ensuring a level playing field with short-term online rental companies.
Troy came to AHLA from Parquet Public Affairs, where as a partner he represented numerous service industry brands and trade associations that dealt with many of the same issues facing the hospitality industry. Through Parquet-managed coalitions, he also helped develop comprehensive, industry-wide solutions to the various public affairs threats posed to employers.
Previously, he was director of government relations at International Franchise Association (IFA), where he focused on state and local policy threats to franchised industries, including lodging. Troy’s experience as an issue advocate also includes government relations roles at ConAgra Foods, Inc. and the Grocery Manufacturers Association.
He began his career serving in various staff positions of the Florida Legislature, both in the Senate and the House of Representatives. Troy holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Florida and a Masters in International Commerce & Policy from George Mason University.