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Executive Education Programs Hosted at ARAMARK Harrison Lodging Facilities Rank High in Financial Times’ Top 50; UW-Madison Takes Top Honors


UW-Madison Takes Top Honors Among AHL-Supported
Programs Capturing Four of the Top Five Spots in the
Category of Food and Accommodations

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – June 9, 2005 – Financial Times’ annual ranking of the top 50 custom executive education providers worldwide cites four programs conducted in ARAMARK Harrison Lodging properties among the top five in the category of Food and Accommodations. They are:

 #1: University of Wisconsin – Madison
 #2: Duke Corporate Education
 #4: Babson Executive Education
 #5: University of North Carolina: Keenan-Flagler

Capturing the top spot for Food and Accommodations for the second consecutive year is University of Wisconsin-Madison many of whose programs are hosted at the Fluno Center for Executive Education in Madison, Wis., a facility that was opened only five years ago.

Duke Corporate Education, which topped the list of open program providers worldwide -- and ranked second in Food and Accommodations -- hosts many of its programs at R. David Thomas Executive Conference Center in Durham, N.C., and has a preferred provider agreement with AHL. Many of Babson Executive Education programs are hosted at Babson Executive Conference Center in Wellesley, Mass., while UNC: Keenan-Flagler utilizes The Rizzo Conference Center in Chapel Hill, N.C.

In each instance, conference center management works closely with executive education leaders to help them maximize the productivity of each program. 

“We are privileged to be associated with several of the world’s finest executive education programs,” said Rory Loberg, president, ARAMARK Harrison Lodging. “We congratulate our partner schools on achieving this distinction and we will continue to do all that we can to support the success of their programs every day.”

For the past seven years, Financial Times has annually ranked schools worldwide on a thorough checklist of criteria that includes specific categories for course design, faculty, teaching materials, and other aspects of the program. The checklist also includes rankings for quality of facilities and food and accommodations. 

“We’re gratified to see the correlation between high-ranking executive education programs and the quality of food and accommodations offered at the host facility,” remarked Loberg. “As specialists in providing customized learning environments in a variety of settings, we understand that physical comfort goes a long way in promoting learning and retention of information.”

Financial Times has a daily circulation of more than 435,000 copies, more than one million readers and is available in 140 countries. The London-based publication is read by international business executives and observers of developments in the economic world. A web version of the publication can be found at

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 the International Association of Conference Centers 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 1-800-422-MEET.


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 2005 FORTUNE 500 survey and was also named one of "America's Most Admired Companies" by FORTUNE magazine in 2005, 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 242,500 employees serving clients in 19 countries.

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


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