Newly elected Director brings a variety of experience and deep brand knowledge to Board


Billings, Montana (December 18, 2020) – Best Western® Hotels & Resorts is pleased to announce the election of Steve Wahrlich to its Board of Directors. Wahrlich has an extensive background in the hospitality industry and has been a Best Western Hotels & Resorts hotelier for over four decades.

“We are pleased to welcome Steve to our Board of Directors,” said David Kong, President and CEO for Best Western Hotels & Resorts. “Steve’s lengthy experience as a hotelier and his dedication to Best Western Hotels & Resorts will be a tremendous asset as we continue to accelerate the growth of our brand around the world. This year has brought significant hardship to our hotels and Steve offers a welcomed new perspective to the brand as we focus on building a brighter future.”

Wahrlich has owned and operated properties ranging in size from 41 to 240 units and is currently an owner of the Best Western Plus Clocktower Inn in Billings, Montana, and the Best Western Plus Hilltop in Redding, California. He has also served as a Best Western Governor for eastern Montana, and as a member of the regional Marketing Co-op for the brand.

“I am honored to have been elected to the Board of Directors for Best Western Hotels & Resorts,” said Wahrlich. “The Company has been on a remarkable journey in recent years and I am proud to have witnessed the transformation first-hand as a Best Western Hotels & Resorts member. I am thrilled to join my fellow Board members as we work together to overcome the challenges of 2020. In my new role, I will be focused on enhancing brand equity and increasing value for our hoteliers, especially as we emerge from the devastation of COVID-19. As I look to the future, I believe we can harness the power of Best Western Hotels & Resorts to achieve unprecedented success.”

Wahrlich is currently serving a second term on the Montana State Tourism Board and is a Board Member of the American Hotel & Lodging Association. Additionally, Wahrlich acts as Vice-Chair for RiverStone Health, Montana’s largest community healthcare center.

Wahrlich’s unique insight, knowledge and expertise will play a crucial role in driving future successes for Best Western Hotels & Resorts.


About Best Western® Hotels & Resorts:

Best Western Hotels & Resorts headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, is a privately held hotel brand within the BWH Hotel GroupSM global network. With 18 brands and approximately 4,700 hotels in over 100 countries and territories worldwide*, BWH Hotel Group suits the needs of developers and guests in every market. Brands include Best Western®, Best Western Plus®, Best Western Premier®, Executive Residency by Best Western®, Vīb®, GLō®, Aiden®, Sadie®, BW Premier Collection® and BW Signature Collection®. Through acquisition, WorldHotelsTM Luxury, WorldHotels Elite, WorldHotels Distinctive and WorldHotels Crafted collections are also offered. Completing the portfolio is SureStay®, SureStay Plus®, SureStay Collection® and SureStay StudioSM franchises**. For more information visit,, and  

* Numbers are approximate, may fluctuate, and include hotels currently in the development pipeline.

**All Best Western, WorldHotels and SureStay branded hotels are independently owned and operated.