National Institute Of Lodging Education
Inspired by the potential to create jobs, the nonprofit National Institute of Lodging Education focuses on nurturing aspiring hotel owners to become savvy impact investors. This is achieved through ensuring that the tools, relationships and resources are made available to those entering the space at an early stage. The content and environment is designed to be approachable and scalable for entry level aspiring hotel owners.
Expanding economic inclusion to underserved communities through lodging ownership as a stimulus for workforce development. We will chart a path to equity through lodging investment for Adult and youth populations promoting generational change.
The vision of NILE is to create an inclusive ecosystem of hotel owners and service providers. A key metric of success will be jobs controlled by diverse hotel owners.
NILE has the goal to develop an educated critical mass of hotel owners diversified by both gender and ethnic origin. We will do this through workshops, distance learning and introductions to qualified hospitality consultants. By increasing representation in ownership for these ignored populations the desired byproduct is an elimination of bottlenecks for diverse talent with a focus on promoting inclusion.
"Creating wealth through hotel ownership"
Our Founder Omari Head
After transacting more than 140 hotels as a hotel real estate consultant, Omari Head observed that there few Black and Latino/ Latinx hotel buyers. Upon conversations with parties from these demographics, it was discovered that there was a lack of information available on the process of hotel buying in an easy to digest format. This led to the formation of the National Institute of Lodging Education. The focus is to share information and disseminate education related to hotel ownership targeted at these populations. Through growing these demographics in hotel ownership the ecosystem of vendors, jobs creation and wealth creation expands to create generational change.
Omari has roots on the Southside of Chicago. His family has deep roots in hospitality with his great grandmother working as a housekeeper downtown Chicago. Like many industries, wealth and growth is achieved with the labor and sacrifices of people of color. He pursued higher education at the University of Nevada Las Vegas where he majored in Hospitality Administration. While working in hotel operations he started teaching at Prince Georges Community College. He still teaches hospitality at Cheyney University and other institutions at the graduate and undergraduate level.