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About Us

The Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association champions all facets of the Commonwealth’s hospitality and tourism industries. Our mission is to promote, protect, educate, and improve these industries.

Founded in 1937 as the Pennsylvania Restaurant Association, the PRLA has grown into one of the largest state hospitality and tourism associations in the nation.

PRLA works closely with our national partners to ensure our members across all segments are represented. 

Hospitality and tourism are significant drivers of Pennsylvania’s economy.

Stay up-to-date with the latest industry news, trends, events, and more.

National Affiliates

American Hotel and Lodging Association
American Hotel and Lodging Association
Asian American Hotel Owners Association


The PRLA is governed by a Board of Directors, composed of 40 leaders from every segment of the industry. In addition, PRLA has six committees that set policies, develop new programs, and spearhead member engagement.

PRLA Statewide Committees


Alcohol Service Committee

The Alcohol Service Committee monitors all liquor code legislation affecting Pennsylvania licensees and formulates plans to support or oppose specific alcohol-related legislation.

Destination Marketing Organization Committee

Made up of DMO executives and CEOs, this committee helps shape PRLA’s legislative agenda as it relates to travel and tourism issues, as well as leads educational initiatives important to DMO professionals.

Education, Health & Safety Committee

The Education, Health, and Safety Committee plans programming for chapter and statewide events to provide PRLA members and their employees with professional development.

Government Affairs Committee

The Government Affairs Committee monitors proposed laws and regulations that relate to the Pennsylvania hospitality industry and small businesses.

Lodging & Tourism Committee

The Lodging & Tourism Committee works to promote the hospitality industry as a vital economic force and great career choice. 

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee promotes member engagement and involvement, as well as works to identify new member benefit programs.

Policy Committee

The Government Affairs, Alcohol Service, and Lodging & Tourism committees meet annually to set the Association’s Three-Year Legislative Plan, which prioritizes our advocacy agenda.


Our Team

Joe Massaro

Eric Adams

Lauren Brinjac

Senior Director of Legislative Affairs

(717) 963-8371

Diane Dwyer

Director of Finance & HR

(717) 963-8377

Ben Fileccia

SVP of Strategy & Engagement

(267) 262-3512

Pamela Fink

Program & Events Coordinator

(717) 963-8379

Heidi Howard

Director of Events & Engagement

(717) 963-8365

Paula Judd

Stephanie Otterson

Director of Communications

(717) 963-8369

Christine Preuss

Director of Member Services

(717) 963-8373

Zak Pyzik

Senior Director of Public Affairs

(717) 963-8366

Hope Sterner

Director of Education

(717) 963-8368

Kendra Stutzman

Communications Specialist

(717) 963-8381

Andrea Trubiano

Workforce Development Specialist

(717) 963-8375

Membership Has Benefits

Resources for Hospitality Businesses, Vendors, Sponsors, Students. Membership is for Everyone!