East Lansing, MI (Dec. 11, 1997) -- Michigan State's Dec. 25th Aloha
Bowl bid is more than an opportunity for the
Spartan football team to wow a national television audience with superb passes and plays. It also will serve as a
showcase for East Lansing native John Brogan, senior vice president of ITT Sheraton Corporation, North
America Division, and president of the Sheraton Hotels in Hawaii. His Sheraton Waikiki is the official host hotel
for the Spartan team and fans.
Brogan, who received a bachelor's degree in hospitality business from
Michigan State in 1955, was named to The
School of Hospitality Business Alumni Association's "Wall of Fame" on Nov. 9, 1997. At that celebration, he
shared the longevity of his MSU roots - Brogan's mother graduated from Michigan State when it was known as
the Michigan Agricultural College. Brogan recalled that he decided to make the hotel business his business after
first learning about the hospitality industry at a high school career day in East Lansing.
It was a good decision, says Ronald Cichy, director of The School of
Hospitality Business: "John opened the
Sheraton Waikiki in 1971. At the time, its 1,900 rooms made it the largest hotel in Hawaii. Today, John has nine of
the top Sheraton hotels under his direction in Hawaii as well as five Sheraton properties in California. He is an
outstanding supporter of our school and a loyal Spartan. He will be the perfect host."