reetings and Happy New Year to our NEWH international community. It is truly an honor to introduce myself as the incoming president of NEWH, Inc. at this time of renewal and optimism for our industry. It has been my privilege to be a part of this organization for 39 years, and it is with great pride and anticipation that I step into this role. Drawing on the talent, creativity, and tireless commitment of our members and leadership team, I look forward to working together to do what NEWH does best: provide vital resources and opportunities for education and connection and support the next generation of hospitality professionals.

2024 is shaping up to be a busy year! Please save the dates and plan to attend these educational, networking, and celebratory events.

NEWH Leadership Conference “Discovery Tour 2024” February 15-17, Nashville, Tennessee.
I’m looking forward to connecting with the who’s who of hospitality professionals, seeing what’s new in product at POWERtalk LIVE, getting inspired by our keynote speakers Scott Stratten and Clodagh, wrapping things up at a lively NEWH Leadership Conference Closing Party, and of course exploring our vibrant host city—a big thank you to the Mid-South Regional Group for hosting us. See you in Nashville!

Regional Trade Shows
We expect these shows to be bigger, better, and more important than ever in 2024.
Orlando – April 9
Denver – June 11
Atlanta – August 5
Los Angeles – Sept 25
Stay tuned for additional dates and locations.

NEWH 40th Anniversary Bash April 29, HD Las Vegas
As of this writing, we are still in the planning stages for this celebration of NEWH’s 40-year history of educating, connecting, and supporting the hospitality community. Please plan to attend and consider becoming a sponsor to help us host the party of the year!

In addition to all our fantastic upcoming events, I’d like to highlight just a few of the many programs and resources that are a few clicks away on

Post your project, get inspired, and create your portfolio online.

Martha’s Mentors
Created in partnership with Stacy Garcia and NEWH, Martha’s Mentors offers an exceptional opportunity for individuals early in their hospitality careers to access personalized guidance from seasoned professionals. Mentorship pairs establish a strong foundation for growth and development, focusing on career advancement, leadership skills, industry knowledge, and networking. If this speaks to you, either as a Mentee or a Mentor, please apply online today.

A resource guide for educational content, including white papers, CEUs, videos, and articles created by NEWH members for the hospitality industry. Check back often because content is continually being added so our members can stay informed and current. Please contact us if you have a submission that could educate and benefit our community.

In closing, I want to thank our Corporate Partners for all you do to keep us going. We appreciate your continued support. I also want to encourage all of you to support and attend our chapter events. Our chapters work hard to provide entertaining and exceptional events that raise money so we can continue to award scholarships to deserving students. (Over $8.5 million awarded by NEWH to date, and in excess of $600,000 awarded by our chapters in 2023!)

I look forward to an exciting 2024 working with old friends and meeting new ones— In the Spirit of Networking.


Sandy Banks
President, NEWH, Inc. Board of Directors