American Hotel & Lodging Association has promoted Brian Crawford to senior vice president and department head of governmental affairs. He has served as vice president of governmental and political affairs since 2014. He will oversee the association’s advocacy efforts with policymakers on Capitol Hill and within the administration, and will be responsible for directing the development and execution of strategies to address issues facing the industry. Before joining AH&LA, Crawford served as chief of staff for Congressman Tom Rooney.


Generali Global Assistance announced that its Travel Insurance division, formerly CSA Travel Protection, has appointed James Sion as COO; it also appointed Mark Taber to the new role of chief insurance officer. Sion will head all operations and strategies for the Travel Insurance division. He had been COO, consumer insurance for AIG in the Americas. He also worked at Allianz in various roles for 15 years. Taber was previously with CSAA Insurance Group.

Strand Hospitality Services, a hotel management company, named Amanda Bryant as corporate director of sales and marketing, responsible for the regional sales team as well as overseeing the sales and marketing initiatives for the entire company. She had been regional director of sales and marketing for Auro Hotels in Greenville, S.C., and prior to that was with Fillmore Hospitality.