President, The Pfeffer Group LLC
International Hotel & Restaurant Association (IH&RA)
of Wyndham Worldwide Hotel Division (Formerly Cendant)
Named a member
of Travel Agent Magazine's Inner Circle in 1995
for his work on behalf of travel agents worldwide.
alma mater’s most prestigious honor, Florida International
University’s Torch Award for Outstanding Achievement,
in 2000 in recognition of his success and career accomplishments.
leader of the Hotel Division, Eric Pfeffer oversaw the world's largest
lodging franchisor with more than 6,500 hotels on five continents
under the Super 8, Days Inn, Ramada, Travelodge, Howard Johnson,
Knights Inn, Villager, Wingate Inn and AmeriHost Inn brands.
During his 20-year career as a hotel and franchise executive, Pfeffer
was credited with forging strong relationships among franchisees
and colleagues. He was appointed Chairman & Chief Executive
Officer of Cendant Corporation's Hotel Division in September 1998
after serving as the Hotel Division President and Chief Operating
Officer. Prior to that, he built up Cendant's international operations
as its first employee with the title of Managing Director of the
Global Services division for nearly two years, overseeing international
sales and services for Cendant's hotel and real estate brands. Pfeffer
served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Howard Johnson
International, a Cendant hotel brand, from 1991 to 1996. Among other
things, he has been credited for the Brand's success in the international
During his career with the Howard Johnson brand, Pfeffer progressed
from Front Desk Agent to General Manager, Area Manager, District
Manager, Regional Manager, Regional Vice President, Senior Vice
President of Operations, Executive Vice President and, ultimately
President & Chief Operating Officer.
Pfeffer was elected President of the International Hotel &
Restaurant Association (IH&RA) in 2002 and 2003. Pfeffer previously
served as IH&RA Vice-President in 1997 and IH&RA President
Pfeffer was an advisory board member of the New York Tisch Hospitality
and Sports Management School of NYU and is Emeritus member of the
Tisch Center Advisory Board.
In 1995 he was named a member of Travel Agent magazine's Inner
Circle because of his work on behalf of travel agents worldwide.