Thanks to the foresight of C.R. "Bob" Lindquist and William H. "Bill" Ellis who thought it important to keep track of and stay in touch with those retiring or otherwise leaving Westin we have WAA. Early on Larry Dustin was enlisted to provide a typed list which he later expanded into a database. For many years Larry and wife Penny took responsibility for copying, collating and mailing copies of this database to fellow alums around the world. Later an organization was formed, a board installed and officers elected to manage the business of the entity. Over those fifteen years Larry has maintained the vital database and William D. "Bill" Ellis has managed the association's finances. In 2005 Ray Sylvester launched the WAA website.
The Westin Alumni Association (WAA) was established in 1991, and is dedicated only to maintaining an accurate database of former Westin colleagues who meet a membership criteria as mentioned under "eligibility". There is no cost attendant with membership, however, goodwill contributions are welcome and help to defray costs for maintaining the web site and member database.
The WAA database is confidential and is not for sale or distribution to outside sources.
Those individuals employed by Westin (and its affiliated companies) prior to December 1994 and holding positions indicated below are eligible for membership in WAA:
(1) Hotel executive committee, department heads and supervisors.
(2) Corporate staff, including regional offices.
(3) Surviving spouses of former members.
Volunteer WAA Officers & Board
President: Larry Dustin
Vice President: Sue Brush
Secretary: Ron Spellecy
Treasurer: William D. Ellis
At Large Board Members
Dan McClaskey (Founding Director)
Jorg Neuenhaus (Mexico & Central America)
Ray Sylvester (Web / Facebook Administrator)
Denis Forristal (Canada)
Russ Nickel: Immediate Past President
Chris Marker: Member Emeritis
Cherie Ohlson: Member Emeritis
Pat Carey: Founding Director (Deceased)
Charles D. Comstock: Founding Director (Deceased)
Wm. H. (Bill) Ellis: Founding Director (Deceased)
J. Wm. (Bill) Keithan: Founding Director (Deceased)
C.R. (Bob) Lindquist: Founding Director (Deceased)