Promoting San Diego earns Howard Hian kudos from hoteliers


Howard Hian was born and raised in St. Louis, Mo., and graduated from Washington University with a BSBA. He married Susan Rosensweig in 1966 and they have four children and four grandsons. Hian was recently honored as San Diego Hotel Motel Association’s “Allied Member of the Year” for his ongoing contributions to the San Diego’s tourism industry through his hotel consulting activities and award-winning travel writing.

What brought you to La Jolla?

A mid-March snowstorm in my hometown of St. Louis, Mo.

What makes this area special to you?

It’s the weather, beach and casual outdoor lifestyle coupled with family and friends.

If you could snap your fingers and have it done, what might you add, subtract or improve

in the area?

I’d fix the financial mess the city has gotten itself into.

Who or what inspires you?

I was lucky to have three business mentors in my early career and, now, someone who is my North Star to keep me grounded.

If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?

My dad died when I was 20, so he’d be my first choice in order for him to meet my wife, our four kids and four grandsons. He’d be fascinated that I have a home office and a 30-year-old hotel consulting business. Please let me host 10.

What are your five favorite movies of all time?

In no special order, “The Godfather,” “The Maltese Falcon,’ “The Princess Bride,” “Young Frankenstein” and “Blazing Saddles.”

What is your biggest extravagance?

Tough one, but we like to travel and, as a travel writer, there are lots of opportunities.

What is your most distinguishing characteristic?

Balance. My work, play, wife/family and study keep me happy, fulfilled and interested in a wide range of subjects.

Describe your greatest accomplishment.

That’s easy. Raising four good, hard-working, talented, responsible kids. My wife gets a lot of credit for that, plus we’ve had a successful 45-year marriage.

What is your philosophy of life?

It’s directly from my mom who died last year – be a saver. Live below your means and you won’t get into trouble. Her advice rings especially true in these financially difficult times.