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Meet the Team
Rob Fulton, CAE - CEO

Rob Fulton, CAE - CEO

Rob is AIHP's CEO leading the strategic plan and operations of the association.  He is an energetic and experienced executive, with close ties to the industry and a deep knowledge and passion for the travel and small independent lodging community. He most recently was the President of the Pennsylvania Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus (PACVB) and its 49 officially designated tourist promotion agencies (TPAs) and in 2012 he was part of the group that facilitated the creation of the Pennsylvania Association of Travel and Tourism (PATT)  and was it's President and CEO.  PATT served as the umbrella Travel and Tourism Association for Pennsylvania.

Rob has spent the last ten years in Pennsylvania promoting the importance of travel, tourism, and the hospitality industry to the traveling public, governmental officials, and businesses that supply products and services to the industry.

Rob is a native of Calgary, Alberta, Canada and has lived all over the US.  Rob is a graduate of Penn State’s Pennsylvania Leadership Program. He currently resides in the Hershey, PA area with his wife Kelly and son Dean, and is a huge fan of the sitcom Seinfeld.

You can reach Rob at or Cell @ 717-433-6813 or Toll-Free @ 844-317-9632

Mary Hughes - Advertising Sales

Mary Hughes - Special Projects

Mary Hughes is well known in the innkeeping industry as editor of Inns Magazine for almost 2 decades.  She is a marketing specialist and a professional writer. In her "spare time" Mary also owns her own wedding venue called Walkerbrae House & Weddings.  Mary has been a speaker at both local and national inn conferences. Her success in business and her knowledge of the industry make her a fantastic addition to the AIHP family.

You can reach Mary at or direct line @ 519-767-6059

Emily Spiers - Marketplace Coordinator and Allied Partner Relations

Emily Spiers - Marketplace Coordinator and Allied Partner Relations

Emily began working in the innkeeping industry in 2006 as an Assistant Innkeeper at a 12 room Select Registry inn in Ohio. The discovery was made that there was an industry to fit her personality- innkeeping. For over 5 years, she worked alongside some of the most well-respected, knowledgeable innkeepers and learned vital lessons about what makes an innkeeper tick, what drives them, and what matters to them. A passion was born.

In 2010 she began working in membership in an industry association. While working in membership, she also took on the responsibility of working with vendors and expanded her experience to take on the added responsibility of assisting with vendor management for two large national trade shows in addition to regional events.

It was there in the vendor department that she figured out she deeply desired to connect members with innovative, cutting-edge, efficient, and practical vendors. She has since set out on a mission to find those vendors and companies for the benefit of the industry

When she’s not working, you can find her on her own small farm in Ohio’s Amish area alongside her husband of 18 years, and two children, weeding her garden, pruning fruit trees, raising meat birds, bottle feeding calves, laughing at the antics of baby goats, herding turkeys, and breathing deeply the fresh air of rural life. If you can’t find her in any of those situations, have no fear. She’s probably sitting on her back deck with a glass of sweet tea, reading a book on her Kindle.

You can reach Emily at or @ 740-627-6806

Patricia Bierma - Controller

Patricia Bierma - Association Coordinator

Patty has been with AIHP since January 2016, starting as the association's part-time bookkeeper. As of January 2019, she accepted the Association Coordinator position.  She has been in the finance field for over 24 years and worked with Rob at the Pennsylvania Associaton of Convention and Visitors Bureaus for five years. It was at this point that she developed a passion for travel and tourism. Together with her husband, of over ten years, Jerry, they have four adult children and five wonderful grandchildren!
Currently, Patty lives in Pennsylvania and you can usually find her enjoying the outdoors. Whether it is around the fire pit with friends or just relaxing and taking in all the wildlife.

You can reach Patty at or @ 717-994-5076

Sarah Mahnke - Communications Manager

Sarah Mahnke - Communications Manager

Sarah Mahnke is a Staff Writer of The Voice of Innkeeping, the monthly AIHP magazine, and a member of the Marketing Communications Team. Sarah oversees the official AIHP social media outlets, sharing industry news and resources, and assists in facilitating direct marketing with our members and Allied Partners.

Sarah graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with a Bachelor's degree in Creative Writing. She enjoys writing short fiction, reading, and exploring the beautiful state of Virginia with her husband, Carter, in her spare time.

You can reach Sarah at

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