Hotel Industry Icon, Bruce Baltin, Passes Away
March 20, 2023
March 20, 2023− Hotel Industry Consultant Bruce Baltin, an industry icon for more than five decades, passed away suddenly at age 79 earlier this month. He is survived by his wife, Tammi Baltin, his brother, Mark Baltin, his sister, Suzanne Jacobs, and his sons, Steven Baltin and Brian Baltin. Baltin spent his entire career as a hotel consultant. He returned to PKF Hospitality Group as a Director in the US Office in 2022, following a long career with the firm that began in 1970. Baltin became a partner at Pannell Kerr Forster in 1978 and a founding shareholder in the newly launched PKF Consulting practice in 1992. He served as Managing Dire...
In Memoriam: A Tribute to Howard Feiertag, HTM Industry Giant, Educator and Mentor
March 8, 2023
Dear Feiertag Hospitality and Tourism Management students, alumni and friends, With heavy hearts we are sharing with you the sad news: Howard Feiertag, namesake of our program, HTM industry giant, long-serving faculty member, and a kind, generous, charming human being, passed away on March 3, 2023 at the age of 94. Howard amassed over thirty years of experience in virtually every area of the industry including hotel operations, food and beverage, sales and marketing, and meetings and convention management. He led hundreds of extremely popular professional development sessions at major hospitality and tourism conferences. In 1989, it was...
Accor Pays Tribute to Co-Founder Gérard Pélisson
March 6, 2023
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Accor co-founder, Gérard Pélisson, who died on March 6th, 2023 at the age of 91, surrounded by his loved ones. The Group offers its most sincere condolences to his loved ones and more particularly to his nephew, Gilles Pélisson, who has worked for Accor for 17 years, including five years leading the Group. Gérard was an iconic pioneer who, together with co-founder Paul Dubrule, inspired a modern approach to French hospitality at a time when it was poised for fresh ideas. During Les Trente Glorieuses, France’s post-war boom, a new, more modern world emerged, changing the face...
Industry Hospitality Veteran Thomas McCarthy Dies at 90
HSMAI | February 9, 2023
McLean, Virginia, February 9, 2023—The Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) has revealed the passing of their past President, Thomas Tracey McCarthy, Jr, on January 20, 2023. Thomas had a long and illustrious career in all phases of hotel marketing. After graduating from Villanova University, he started his career as a room clerk at the Warwick Hotel in Philadelphia, joining Hilton Hotels two years later. He was a sales representative at Hilton’s Waldorf Astoria, a sales manager of the Beverly Hilton and director of sales at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C, eventually becoming a member of the Wal...
Hospitality Industry Public Relations Leader David “Jerry” Daly Dies at 78
February 3, 2023
ASHBURN, Va., Feb. 3, 2023--Officials of DG Public Relations, LLC, today announced the death of company co-founder, David “Jerry” Daly on January 11, 2023, due to complications arising from aspiration pneumonia. While in graduate school at Boston University, Daly helped create the first Great American Smokeout, originally designed as a scholarship fundraiser for a local high school before he came up with the idea to get people to donate the price of a pack of cigarettes as the first step toward a commitment to quit smoking. Daly’s first job out of undergraduate school was public relations director for the Tulsa Area Chapter of the Ame...
Hospitality Icon Bruce White Dies at 70
Bruce White | January 20, 2023
Merrillville, Indiana (January 20, 2023) – Bruce White, hospitality industry icon and Founder and Chairman of White Lodging, has died at the age of 70 after a nearly year-long battle with cancer. Bruce White founded White Lodging in 1985 with a single hotel in Northwest Indiana, ultimately growing the business into one of the industry’s largest privately held development, ownership and management companies. “Bruce was a visionary, a leader, and a hospitality icon like no other,” said White Lodging Chief Executive Officer Jean-Luc Barone. “I have learned more from Bruce about hard work, leadership, and family, than any other p...
Hodges Ward Elliott Mourns the Passing of President Mark Elliott
June 15, 2021
Hodges Ward Elliott (HWE) is saddened to share the news that company President Mark Elliott passed away unexpectedly on June 12th. Mark joined the firm in 1983 and has served as the strategic leader of the firm’s various business lines for nearly forty years. Along with his partners, he dedicated his career towards shaping the culture of HWE and his steady-hand approach remains a central pillar of the firm’s overall philosophy. Mark is also one of the true legends in the hospitality industry and over the course of his career, he sold more hotels than any other individual in the United States. He was a past co-chairman of Industry ...
Gstaad Palace Mourns Loss of Visionary Hotelier and Former President of Leading Hotels of the World, Ernst Andrea Scherz
Gstaad Palace | May 17, 2021
Gstaad, 17 May 2021 – The Gstaad Palace is mourning the loss of Ernst Andrea Scherz (1939-2021). The doyen of international luxury hospitality who played a significant role in establishing the global alliance "Leading Hotels of the World" passed away on 13 May 2021 at the age of 81, following a long illness. Ernst Andrea Scherz presided over the legendary Gstaad Palace from 1968 to 2001 – before handing it over to his son Andrea Scherz who is continuing his father's legacy as third generation owner and general manager. "We are mourning our father, and more broadly also a person who was, quite literally, born to be a host. Messages of c...
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