Front Desk

We're going to miss David

Sorry to hear that David Trumble has resigned as director of public relations from Best Western International, where he spent seven years. That means he won't be involved in handling the media when the Best Western board and CEO David Kong, who recently secured a contract extension, visit India toward the end of May. They're going there to formalize a master franchise agreement for that country, where Best Western aims to develop hotels.

Trumble always has been a straight shooter and expert facilitator. Not only can you take him at his word, whenever the press needed access to Best Western executives, Trumble was always there to help. Who succeeds him remains to be seen; that largely will be up to Trumble's former boss, Marketing SVP Dorothy Dowling (and the board and Kong, of course).

Word is Trumble quit over philosophical differences. What's clear is he left without another job, resigning Thursday and clearing his desk on Friday. What's also clear is he's sure to land more work, particularly in a field as robust as hospitality is these days. We miss him, wish him the best—and hope we don't miss him too long.

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