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Executive Committee

Justin Edwards, Chairman

General Manager of the Waco Hilton

Raju Patel, Vice Chair

Owner of the La Quinta Inn & Suites, and Candlewood Suites

Donna Holdbrook, Secretary

General Manager of the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Waco

Elaine Powell, Treasurer

Aloft Hotel

Ex Officio

Galen Price, Interim Director, Waco Convention Center & Visitors Bureau


Board Composition

The Waco Tourism Public Improvement District Corporation Board of Directors consists of nine voting positions and one non-voting, ex officio position. 2 from hotels with 125 rooms or more; 4 from hotels with 100-124 rooms; and 3 from hotels with 75-99 rooms.

Hotels with 125 Rooms or more (2 hotels):

Justin Edwards, Chairman

General Manager of the Waco Hilton (196 rooms)


Brittany Walker, Director

General Manager of the Springhill Suites by Marriott (125 rooms)

Hotels with 100-124 Rooms (4 hotels)

Meraj Bhakta, General Manager of the Hotel Indigo (111 rooms)

Lori Harvey, Director

Area Director of Sales, Hampton Inn & Suites Waco South (123 rooms)

Elaine Powell, Director

Director of Sales, Aloft Hotel (115 rooms)

Donna Holdbrook, General Manager of the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Waco South (120 rooms)

Hotels with 75-99 Rooms: (3 hotels)

Raju Patel, Owner of the La Quinta Inn & Suites Downtown Waco (118 rooms) and Candlewood Suites Waco (88 rooms)

Keosha Burks, Director

General Manager of the Tru by Hilton (98 rooms)


Kary Lalani, Director

Owner of the Homewood Suites Waco (88 rooms) and Hilton Garden Inn (111 rooms)