Event sponsors announced, registration open for Penn State Hotel and Restaurant Society gala

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Penn State Hotel & Restaurant Society Hospitality Executive of the Year event will be held on Tuesday, April 4th at the School of Hospitality Management on the University Park campus.

The event, a tradition of the society’s and the school’s since 1960, will include the presentation of the Hospitality Executive of the Year Award to Mit Shah, founder and CEO of Noble Investment Group. Founded in 1993, Noble is an industry-leading real estate investment group specializing in the travel and hospitality sector. Through its institutional real estate funds, Noble has invested nearly $6 billion in communities throughout the country, creating thousands of jobs.

Sponsors of the gala event include:

Old Main Sponsor

  • Shah Family Foundation

Nittany Lion Sponsors

  • Aimbridge Hospitality
  • Hilton
  • Marriott International, Inc.

Blue Sponsors

  • Host Hotels & Resorts
  • McKibbon
  • Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers

White Sponsors

  • CBRE
  • Eastdil Secured
  • Bill Hodges & Dan Peek
  • Hunter Hotel Advisors
  • Park Hotels & Resorts
  • PepsiCo
  • RLJ Lodging Trust
  • Summit Hotel Properties


  • American Hotel & Lodging Association
  • Arnold Hospitality
  • Ashford Hospitality Trust
  • Auro Hotels
  • Benjamin West
  • Ecolab
  • HREC
  • IHG
  • Niles Bolton
  • Noble Investment Group

Proceeds from sponsorship funds fuel the society’s philanthropy to the school, including scholarship support for both undergraduate and graduate students studying hospitality management, program support for student-industry and alumni engagement, and innovation in the Penn State School’s world-class teaching and research facilities.