Union Officers

Rich Maroko, President

President of the Hotel Trades Council, AFL-CIO; Business Manager of Hotel, Restaurant & Club Employees and Bartenders Union, Local 6. Mr. Maroko practiced labor and employment law in New Jersey and New York before coming to the Hotel Trades Council in 2002 as General Counsel, where he created and managed the legal department. He graduated Phi Betta Kappa from the State University of New Jersey – Rutgers, earned a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and later earned a Masters in Labor and Employment Law with distinction from Georgetown University. He has fought cases in front of state and federal courts and before the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, and the Division of Human Rights. In 2011 he was elected Vice President of the Hotel Trades Council, and later served as Recording Secretary until 2020. Mr. Maroko has distinguished himself as a fierce negotiator and advocate for workers. As President, he is the chief executive officer of our Union.

Kuba Brown, Secretary Treasurer

Secretary Treasurer of the Hotel Trades Council, AFL-CIO, and the Business Manager and President of the International Union of Operating Engineers (I.U.O.E.) Local 94, 94A and 94B. He began his career in Local 94 in 1971 and became an Engineer at 1301 Sixth Avenue in 1972. He was an Assistant Chief at 112 West 34th Street from 1974 to 1979 and the Chief Engineer of 630 Third Avenue from 1979 to 1985. Kuba Brown became a Local 94 Business Agent for Lower Manhattan, Downtown Brooklyn and Staten Island in 1985. He became Assistant Business Manager and Vice President of Local 94 in 1994 and served in those capacities until 2004, when he became Business Manager and President. He became Recording Secretary of the Hotel Trades Council in 2004. He holds a New York City Refrigeration License, E.P.A. Refrigeration Handlers License, Hazmat Certificate, Homeland Security Certification, New York City Fire Safety Directors License and various other City licenses. He has taken courses in Labor studies for Arbitration and Negotiations and Labor Law.

Chris Cusack, Executive Vice President

Executive Vice President of the Hotel Trades Council, AFL-CIO, and President of Local 43 of the United Steelworkers of America (one of the Hotel Trades Council's affiliated local unions). Mr. Cusack started out in the Union in 1980, as a waiter at the Inter-Continental Hotel. He was elected by his co-workers to serve as Union Delegate, and later, Union Shop Chairperson. He became an organizer for the Hotel Trades Council in 1988. Shortly after that he was appointed to serve as a field representative for Local 6. Currently, he serves as a Regional Director for the Hotel Trades Council supervising contract enforcement.

Vanessa Meade, Recording Secretary

Recording Secretary of the Hotel Trades Council, AFL-CIO, and Secretary-Treasurer of Local 6, UNITE HERE. She began working as a Room Attendant at the Vista Hotel in 1982. She was soon elected as a Union delegate by the co-workers in her department. When a terrorist bomb at the World Trade Center destroyed part of the Vista Hotel in 1993, she went to the Union's headquarters to help find jobs for her coworkers. She became a Business Agent in 1994, a Vice President of Local 6 in 1997 and Executive Vice President in 2003. In 2020, she became Recording Secretary for the Hotel Trades Council.

Jim Donovan, General Organizer

General Organizer of the Hotel Trades Council, AFL-CIO, and President of Local 6, UNITE HERE. He became a member of the Hotel Trades Council in 1980, as a waiter at the Carlyle Hotel. He was elected Assistant Delegate and then Delegate, in his department, and later as Union Shop Chairperson for the whole hotel. After the New York City Hotel Strike of 1985, Jim joined the union's staff as an organizer. He has been elected and appointed to various union offices, including Local 6 Business Agent, HTC Regional Director and HTC Director of Organizing. Currently, as General Organizer, he is responsible for managing the Union's internal and external organizing program.

George Padilla, Vice President

Vice President of the Hotel Trades Council, AFL-CIO. He came to the Hotel Trades Council's building operations department in 1997 and became involved in organizing a short time after that. He became a Local 6 Business Agent in 2004, while continuing to be involved in organizing. In 2007 Mr. Padilla was named a Vice President of the Hotel Trades Council, a position to which he was reelected in 2008. He distinguished himself by leading activities surrounding the 2006 merger of over 1000 Division A members into the Hotel Trades Council. Currently, he serves as a Regional Director for the Hotel Trades Council supervising contract enforcement.

Lance Van Arsdale, Vice President

Vice President of the Hotel Trades Council and an Assistant Business Manager of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 3. He has been a member of Local 3 since 1975 and is a graduate of the Labor College (1985) with a Bachelor of Sciences. Mr. Van Arsdale has had great success as an organizer. He has spearheaded successful organizing drives of cable TV employees New Jersey and Staten Island. He has also negotiated more than 270 different IBEW collective bargaining agreements. He was appointed Assistant Business Manager of Local 3's 9000-member Maintenance Department in 2006 and elected Executive Vice President of the Hotel Trades Council in 2008.

Declan Tracey, Vice President

Vice President of the Hotel Trades Council and President of Hotel Maintenance Painters Union Local 1422, Declan Tracey is an experienced organizer. An immigrant from Ireland, Tracey came to the attention of the Hotel Trades Council when he was a team leader in the Engineering Department of the Ace Hotel. Active in the organizing drive at the Ace, Tracey’s abilities led to his hiring by the Council in 2012. He was elected President of Local 1422 in 2013.

Richard Lanigan, Vice President

Richard Lanigan was elected President of the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) in 2016 and Business Manager of Local 153 in 2018.

Lanigan joined Local 153 as an organizer in 1980 and was soon promoted to Business Representative. He enrolled in law school as an evening student in 1987, and upon admission to the bar he served as assistant to the OPEIU General Counsel.

In 1994, he was elected Secretary-Treasurer of Local 153. Elected OPEIU Vice President the same year, Mr. Lanigan has worked with local unions filing unfair labor practice charges and assisting with strikes, contract campaigns and grievances. He has won many decisions representing OPEIU local unions in matters under the AFL-CIO’s Article XX. He was named to the Hotel Trades Council’s Executive Board as a Vice President in October, 2018.

Hazel Hazzard, Vice President

Vice President of the Hotel Trades Council and Local 6, UNITE HERE, Hazel Hazzard began working as a Room Attendant at the Four Seasons Hotel when it opened in 1993. Ms. Hazzard and her coworkers approached HTC after suffering multiple abuses and indignities from management, and she served on the Union’s organizing committee for the successful organizing drive at the hotel. After serving as a delegate and helping organize other non-union hotels, Ms. Hazzard joined the Union’s staff in 1997 as a Business Agent and was elected as a Vice President of Local 6 in 2003. Ms. Hazzard was appointed Vice President of HTC in 2020.

Delegates to the Enlarged Council

Nicole Aigoro
Nick Andrews
Francisco Avalos
Miguel Castaneda
Eddie Cedeno
Kelly Drummond
Christopher Erikson
Moustafa Ghoneim

Kazi Hossain
Larry McNeil
Steve Miller
Marie Richard
James Robson
John Ruben
Julia Rybak

Nick Ruiz
Harry Rygor
Judith Seemungal
Randall Sullivan
Billy St. Pierre
John Turchiano
Anthony Wilson
Ha Chhao Yi