Arthur Holst retired from a successful 30+ year career in hospitality in 2019. He now pursues his passions in leadership, music and performing.
His executive career involved leading large and varying teams supporting over 5,500 hotels around the globe. Arthur led operations for various divisions, including the IHG Army Hotels portfolio within the PAL (Privatization of Army Lodging) program, a multi-billion dollar relationship between the U.S. Army and the private industry to improve the condition of on-post lodging facilities for soldiers, their families and government travelers, and to provide for the facilities’ long-term sustainability.
Arthur served in various senior positions within global hotel organizations such as IHG Hotels and Resorts, Stouffer Hotels (now Marriott), Omni Hotels and elsewhere. Arthur oversaw the development of, and opened numerous assets, including flagship Holiday Inn® and Hotel Indigo assets. As the operational VP, he also assumed overall leadership of many hotels in the U.S., working with key ownership groups. His work in leading those assets resulted in receiving the IHG “Presidents Award of Excellence.”
Arthur worked extensively in leadership within IHG’s managed hotels division, overseeing hotels within the full service, limited service and extended stay divisions as a regional vice president and vice president. Arthur and his teams received many awards for their work, including multiple IHG “Presidents Award of Excellence” the global “Knights Award” in 2012, and the President’s Award from Coca Cola for work with veterans and soldiers and multiple COO awards from the Americas.
Arthur attended the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem and The Manhattan School of Music in New York City, both globally recognized centers of excellence for musicians. He has resided in Johns Creek with his spouse Robyn Kanner, and their daughter Erin, since 1997.