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Jack Kealey, Senior Vice President of
ARAMARK Harrison Lodging, Retires


Philadelphia, Pa. – March 11, 2005 – ARAMARK Harrison Lodging recently announced the retirement of industry veteran Jack Kealey, senior vice president. Kealey retired at the beginning of March 2005. 

“Jack has been a tireless advocate of the conference center industry and we thank him for all his contributions to ARAMARK Harrison,” said Rory Loberg, president, ARAMARK Harrison Lodging.  “We wish him well on all of his future endeavors.”

Kealey had been with Harrison since the mid-1970s.  During his tenure, Kealey held a variety of positions and was integrally involved in development, operations and marketing for the growing brand.  Prior to his role as senior vice president at ARAMARK Harrison Lodging, Kealey was president of the Harrison Group – a subsidiary of Hilton – and senior vice president of operations of the University Hotel & Conference Center division prior to its acquisition.

Kealey’s involvement in industry-related activities is extensive.  He recently served on the board of directors of The International Association of Conference Centers (IACC) and was a past chair of the organization’s professional development, membership development, marketing and advisory services committees.  He was selected, along with three other IACC board members, to design and develop the curriculum for the first Professional Development Course on conference center management and operations offered by Cornell University, and he served as a course instructor during its debut.  In addition, Kealey was presented the prestigious Mel Hosansky Award for Distinguished Services at IACC’s 22nd Annual Conference in 2003.  Other accomplishments include:

  • Initiating the development of Harrison’s Total Quality Management program, a system designed to ensure consistent, high quality customer service.  This initiative became the operational standard for the Harrison Brand. 
  • Creating the first online service for customers through other conference centers.
  • Creating the first CD rom-based marketing collateral in the industry. 
A respected authority on conference centers, Kealey has been quoted often by the media and is tapped regularly to address issues relating to conference center differentiation. 

“It’s been a rewarding career and I’ve been fortunate to spend it in the conference center field where I have made many good friends,” said Kealey.  “As I turn my attention to the future, immediate plans include doting heavily on my first grandchild and preparing for my daughter’s upcoming wedding later this year.” 

Kealey resides with his wife, Marilyn, in Orange, CT. 

Offering a collection of the world’s most effective environments for learning, communication and personal growth, ARAMARK operates more than 50 conference centers, corporate training centers and specialty hotels in educational environments. Each is strategically located close to leading business destinations. The company supports the stringent standards of IACC and harnesses the power and expertise of its founding entities to expand its contributions to the industry. 

To learn more about ARAMARK Harrison Lodging or to book a meeting, log onto or call the company’s National Accounts Offices at 

ARAMARK Corporation is a world leader in providing award-winning food and facilities management services to health care institutions, universities and school districts, stadiums and arenas, international and domestic corporations, as well as providing uniform and career apparel.  ARAMARK was ranked number one in its industry in the 2004 FORTUNE 500 survey and was also named one of "America's Most Admired Companies" by FORTUNE magazine in 2004, consistently ranking since 1998 as one of the top three most admired companies in its industry as evaluated by peers. Headquartered in Philadelphia, ARAMARK has approximately 200,000 employees serving clients in 19 countries.

Keri Firstenberg / Jessica Lenobel
  Middleton & Gendron, Inc.
  (212) 980-9232 / (212) 980-9194 /

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ARAMARK Harrison Lodging’s Jack Kealey Named Recipient of IACC’s Mel Hosansky Award For Distinguished Service / April 2003
Mike Fahner and Greg Wier Named to Vice President Posts with ARAMARK Harrison Lodging / September 2004
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