Hotel Industry Publisher Jerry Merkin Passes Away at 85

NEW YORK—Hotel industry publisher Jerry Merkin passed away at 85 earlier this week following an extended illness. He is survived by his children, Joan and David.

Merkin spent his entire career in publishing, most of which was covering the hotel industry, first as publisher of Hotel & Motel Management, now Hotel Management, and in 1992 as founder/publisher of Hotel Business. He is a recipient of the Lodging Conference Above and Beyond Award.

“In 1989, Jerry was one of the first to join the newly formed board of directors of AAHOA,” said Mike Leven, retired president of Las Vegas Sands and founding father of AAHOA. “He was a champion of human rights and contributed mightily to the successful effort to free so many from discrimination and injustice. His life was a model to be admired and honored.”

Steven Belmonte, CEO, Vimana Franchise Systems LLC, said, “I am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend and colleague Jerry Merkin… I can sum up Jerry in three simple words: kind, gentle, and honorable. I will always remember Jerry walking around the various hotel conference floors with a giant stack of Hotel Business magazines under his arm… I have known him for over 25 years and I never saw him do anything that wasn’t good, helpful and meaningful.”

“After his family, hotels were Jerry’s life,” said Stacy Silver, president of Silver Hospitality Group, who began her career at Hotel Business. “He was a true mentor to me and shared his passion for the industry and news on a daily basis. He taught me that selling is not a business, but an art and our job was to understand a client’s needs and help them be successful… He will be greatly missed.”

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made by check payable to New York University, indicating that the donation is in Merkin’s honor. Checks can be mailed to:

Reshma Persaud
In honor of Jerry Merkin
New York University
Office of University Development
25 West Fourth St., Room 334
New York, NY 10012

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