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 [email protected] or Cell @ 717-433-6813 or Toll-Free @ 844-317-9632


Susan Beckwith - Director of Business Development

Responsibilities:  Developing AIHP revenues through Membership, Partnerships, and Sponsorships

Susan is a seasoned business developer who has deep roots and passion for both hospitality and non-profit organizations. Currently, Susan is the owner of the Inner Banks Inn in Edenton, NC.  We are delighted that she brings with her an innkeeper's experience along with her passion for AIHP, growing value, and services for our members. 

Developing collaborations that you can use to grow profitability is both at the heart of Susan’s experiences and a core value of AIHP’s.  Susan will also be assisting AIHP in continuing to establish key national partnerships.  These collaborations position AIHP as the “Voice for Innkeeping.”

 You can reach Susan at [email protected] or Cell @ 757-580-8538


Mary Hughes - Editor & Advertising Sales

Mary Huges

Responsibilities:  Editor of our E-Magazine "The Voice of Innkeeping" and Advertising Sales related to the magazine, newsletters, and website

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 [email protected] or direct line @ 519-767-6059


Emily Spiers - Marketplace Coordinator and Special Projects

Responsibilities:  Working with our allied partners on summit marketplace coordination as well assigned to special AIHP projects

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 [email protected] or @ 740-627-6806


Patricia Bierma - Controller

Responsibilities:  Accounting, billing and invoicing for AIHP

Patty's photo and bio coming soon!

You can reach Patty at [email protected] or @ 717-994-5076


Brandon Sherbo - Communications

Brandon's photo and bio coming soon!

You can reach Brandon at [email protected]


Sarah Mahnke - Communications

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 [email protected]