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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Penn State Hotel & Restaurant Society Hospitality Executive of the Year event will be held at The Nittany Lion Inn on the University Park campus on April 12.

The event will include the presentation of the Hospitality Executive of the Year Award, to be presented to Arne Sorenson, president and CEO of Marriott International.

The event culminates an academic year-long celebration of the School’s 80th anniversary. To register for the event, visit:

Sponsors of the gala event, based on level of financial participation include:

Old Main Sponsor

  • Marriott International

Nittany Lion Sponsor

  • Hilton

Blue Sponsors

  • First American Title Insurance Company
  • Hodges Ward Elliott
  • Host Hotels & Resorts
  • Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL)
  • Park Hotels and Resorts
  • PepsiCo
  • PSAV
  • Shaner Group

White Sponsors

  • Avendra
  • Deloitte Consulting LLP
  • Ernst & Young, LLP (EY)
  • Hersha Hotels & Resorts
  • Noble Investment Group, LLC
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC (PwC)
  • The Nittany Lion Inn


  • Ackman-Ziff Real Estate Group LLC
  • Ashford Hospitality Advisors LLC
  • Auro Hotels
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Briad Hospitality Services, LLC
  • Brittany and Jason Bayona
  • Budge & Co., LLC
  • Donohoe Hospitality Services
  • Four Seasons
  • IHG
  • Interstate Hotels & Resorts
  • Lea Ann Kish
  • Oracle Hospitality
  • Pyramid Advisors LP
  • Robert Carl
  • RSM
  • The Food and Beverage Association of America, Inc.
  • TravelClick
  • Wells Fargo Commercial Real Estate


The Penn State Hotel & Restaurant Society (PSHRS) was founded to strengthen all hospitality professions and enhance the reputation of the Hospitality Management program (HM). PSHRS is an Affiliate Program Group of the Penn State Alumni Association and the College of Health and Human Development Alumni Society. PSHRS provides a means for achieving closer fellowship among alumni, faculty, and students. PSHRS serves those who are currently attending Penn State in HM or who are graduates of the program, as well as those who work within the HM industries and have attended Penn State or are "friends" of the program.

About the School

The Penn State School of Hospitality Management is home to the third-oldest hospitality management program in the United States. From its humble beginnings in 1937, the program has grown to the point where it is now recognized as one of the most respected and distinguished hospitality management programs in the nation.  By combining a broad educational foundation with specific courses designed to build strong leadership, business, and communications skills- and by requiring undergraduate students to accumulate 1,000 hours of “real-world” experience to graduate-students gain the theoretical, managerial, quantitative, organizational, and technical skills they need to become the next generation of leaders in the hospitality industry. The students’ relationships with faculty members (many with extensive industry experience) and alumni (many serving as top executives in their chosen professions) serve to bolster this learning experience.

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