About BHA

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The Bluegrass Hospitality Association (BHA) represents a diverse membership of hospitality professionals, including hotels, restaurants, breweries and distilleries, tourist attractions, and strategic partners.  If you are a stakeholder in the hospitality sector and want to positively impact the Bluegrass hospitality industry, then membership in BHA is a must! 

Our Mission: The Bluegrass Hospitality Association is the unified voice of the hospitality industry; committed to advocating for our members, investing in our future leaders and celebrating the impact of the Hospitality community in the Bluegrass.

Message from the President

On behalf of the Bluegrass Hospitality Association, thank you for visiting our website.  I am passionate about our destination and honored to serve as the President.  
If you are a member, thank you for your dedication and commitment to the industry!  I encourage and challenge you to be active and engaged in the organization.

If you are not a member, please join!  We have a membership waiting just for you and I promise you will not be disappointed.  A full list of benefits can be found in the “Members” section or you can always contact me.  
Follow us on Twitter @BHAhospitality, like us on Facebook and stay in the know about important industry topics, upcoming events and activities. 
Joe Kuosman, West 6th Brewing
President, Bluegrass Hospitality Association




Our Mission
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Through cooperative partnerships, the Bluegrass Hospitality Association strives to be an advocate for the hospitality industry and promotion of travel and tourism in the Bluegrass.

2017-2018 BHA Board of Directors

President- Joe Kuosman, West Sixth Brewing
Vice President- Pam Avery, Embassy Suites at Lexington Green
Treasurer - Patricia Knight, VisitLEX
Secretary- Eli Mertens, TravelHost of the Bluegrass
Past President- Patricia Knight, VisitLEX

Amy Caudill, Blue Grass Airport
Mike Curd, DoubleTree Suites Lexington
Sheila Kenny, Lexington Center Corporation
Christa Marrillia, Keeneland
Manish Patel, Holiday Inn Express
Theona Simbrat, Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa
Alex Lugo, Hilton Lexington Downtown
Kathy Artiles, Residence Inn Marriott

BTMA Representative:
Monica Plut, Kentucky Castle

Our Core Values

We believe that:

  • Tourism is a vital component of economic development
  • Tourism contributes to the overall quality of life in the region
  • Together we are stronger
  • Communication and education are key to our mutual success
  • Employment in the tourism industry is a noble profession
Contact Us

Karla Stahlman
Association Director
1481 Leestown Road 
Lexington, KY 40511
(859) 317-8674

Executive staff and management provided by Strategy Association & Event Management.