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ARAMARK Harrison Lodging’s Hosted Executive Education Facilities
Place High on Financial Times Executive Education Lists


Six AHL hosted facilities included on Financial Times Executive
Education 2007 Top 65 Custom Program Providers Lists

PHILADELPHIA (July 2, 2007) – Six ARAMARK Harrison Lodging (AHL) managed executive education facilities were among the Financial Times 2007 Top 50 open enrollment program providers, and six facilities were among the Top 65 under the custom program providers list, respectively. For the past nine years, the Financial Times has annually ranked schools worldwide based on a comprehensive checklist of criteria, including specific categories such as facility, food and accommodation, future use, value for money, course design and preparation.  

AHL managed facilities which ranked high in the food and accommodation category of the custom program providers include: the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC-Chapel Hill ranked number one; the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business placed at number two; Babson Executive Education at Babson College came in at number three; Duke Corporate Education at Duke University named number seven; and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania rounded out at number ten.

Duke Corporate Education, which topped the list as the number one custom program provider worldwide for the third consecutive year, hosts numerous programs at the R. David Thomas Executive Conference Center in Durham, N.C., which has a preferred provider agreement with AHL.  Similarly, many of the University of Wisconsin-Madison programs are hosted at Fluno Center for Executive Education in Madison, Wis., an AHL managed facility.

“AHL recognizes the importance in aligning itself with the objectives of our university partners and we believe we have remained consistent in achieving that goal through ultimately making the customer or student our main focus,“ said Greg Wier, associate vice president of conference centers-higher education for ARAMARK Harrison Lodging.  “AHL’s collegiate collection provides customers and guests the unique opportunity to meet at some of America’s most prestigious colleges and universities while also combining stimulating academic settings with executive-level meeting facilities, services and accommodations.”

AHL hosted executive program providers included on the top 50 open enrollment list include Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University; The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University; Babson Executive Education at Babson College; the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania; The University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business; and the Schulich School of Business at York University.

The Financial Times boasts more than a 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 complete list of the publication’s 2007 Executive Education listing can be found at

About ARAMARK Harrison Lodging 
ARAMARK Harrison Lodging, a division of ARAMARK Corporation, provides a wide range of managed services, including meeting and recreational support services to conference and corporate training centers, specialty hotels, national and state parks, resorts and other tourist destinations throughout the United States.  ARAMARK Harrison Lodging is a single source provider for educational environments, event and meeting planning, premium dining needs and catering, on-site restaurants, retail merchandise sales and facilities management.

ARAMARK is a leader in professional services, providing award-winning food services, facilities management, and uniform and career apparel to health care institutions, universities and school districts, stadiums and arenas, and businesses around the world. In FORTUNE magazine's list of "America's Most Admired Companies," ARAMARK has consistently ranked as one of the top three most admired companies in its industry as evaluated by peers and industry analysts since 1998. The company was also ranked first in its industry in the 2007 FORTUNE 500 survey. Headquartered in Philadelphia, ARAMARK has approximately 240,000 employees serving clients in 18 countries. Learn more at the company's Web site,


David Freireich

Amy Toosley
Allison & Partners 


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