Danny Lafayette
Board Chairman

Danny Lafayette, Board Director

Danny Lafayette represents members in the Northeastern region of the U.S. and the Eastern provinces of Canada. Lafayette joined the Board with an impressive background in hospitality and professional leadership.

Lafayette has been a Best Western member for over 40 years. His long tenure with the brand began in 1982, when he and his wife, Carla, opened their first Best Western hotel. He then expanded his involvement, participating in various membership development matters and serving as a Best Western Governor for over 25 years. He currently operates approximately 30 hotels and about a dozen food and beverage outlets.

Throughout his career, Lafayette was highly involved with the Maine Innkeepers Association, where he served as president of the association and a member of the board for several years. Lafayette was also named the recipient of the association’s Community Service Award and was chosen as the association’s “Innkeeper of the Year.”

Lafayette’s commitment to serving others has expanded beyond the hospitality industry, as he has delegated his time and expertise to various organizations and projects in support of his local community. In 2009, Lafayette and his wife raised significant funds to help build the Lafayette Family Cancer Institute. He also served on the board of the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce as well as the Pine Tree Chapter of the American Red Cross, and was president of the Bangor Breakfast Kiwanis Club, an organization dedicated to supporting the health and well-being of children.         

Lafayette served on the board for Northern Light Health for 14 years until he termed off the board in 2020. He was also involved with Northern Light Health’s finance and safety/quality committees.

Lafayette graduated from Hampden Academy in 1973. He later went on to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point and graduated in 1977. He served five years as an Infantry Officer on active duty in the U.S. Army, and several years in the inactive reserves.