Clifford Ross: City Lodge
Clifford Ross started his career in the hotel industry in 1974 when he joined the Holiday Inn group. He studied at Wits Technikon from 1974 to 1977 and obtained a Diploma in Hotel Management. During his time with Holiday Inn, he held various management positions until 1983 when Sun International was formed through the merger of the casino/hotel operations of Holiday Inns and Southern Sun Hotels - after which he continued his career with Sun International until 1986. In 1987 he joined the City Lodge Hotels Group taking up the position of General Manager at City Lodge Randburg (now City Lodge Bryanston). Moving up the ranks Clifford was promoted to Operations Director in 1991, then Managing Director and in 2002 he was appointed Chief Executive. Clifford attended Cornell University in America where he did the Advanced Management Programme. He is on the boards of the FEDHASA National, the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) the Tourism Enterprise Partnership (TEP) and the University of Johannesburg School of Tourism & Hospitality (STH). In 2011, Clifford was recognised for his contribution to the industry by being awarded the Tourism Business Leadership Award and in 2014 he was awarded the University of Johannesburg Alumni Dignitas Award in recognition of his services to the hospitality industry during more than three decades. He has been married to his wife Rosemary Alexandra Ross since 1988, and they have 3 children, Tamaryn aged 26, Amber aged 24 and Channing aged 18.