Robert L. Van Ness

Executive Managing Director, Global / Preferred Hotel Group
Department: William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration


Robert joined Preferred Hotel Group in 2000 as Vice President of Sales. In 2007, he was elevated to Executive Managing Director, Global, with oversight of the company’s team of area and regional directors. He is based in the Chicago office of Preferred Hotel Group which now represents over 800 hotels globally. Prior to joining PHG, Robert was vice president of sales for General Hotels Corporation, a private held group of hotels based in Indianapolis. His first 15 years in the hotel industry were in Southern California where he worked for ITT Sheraton, the Los Angeles Biltmore, and JC Resorts. Robert is a 1983 graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas College of Hotel Administration.

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