D. Randolph Howat has served as Vice-President of Sales & Marketing for Inns of Distinction since 1994. His efforts there are devoted to the areas of market development, sales training and merchandising. Since 2005, Howat has also served on the Board of Advisors of Historic Hotels of America based in Washington, D.C. He is a 1981 graduate of the University of Massachusetts.
Howat has been responsible for the extraordinary success of the Grand Eastonian Suites Hotel in forging ties with Lafayette College and businesses throughout the Lehigh Valley and in bringing public figures and celebrities to stay at the hotel. He is fond of pointing out that the act of preserving historic buildings like the Grand Eastonian and adapting them for reuse is the greatest act of recycling possible.
Prior to joining Inns of Distinction, Howat was employed by OMNI Hotels, Inc. and a large privately owned hotel development company located in Valley Forge, Pa. With more than 20 years of hotel sales experience, Howat has a vast amount of knowledge and experience with the corporate, government, tour and travel markets.