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Jolly Named Inaugural Recipient of King Early Career Professorship

The Penn State School of Hospitality Management | June 11th, 2019

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Jolly Named Inaugural Recipient of King Early Career Professorship

The Penn State School of Hospitality Management | June 11, 2019

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Phillip M. Jolly, assistant professor of hospitality management, has been named inaugural recipient of the Elizabeth M. King Early Career Professorship. Jolly focuses his teaching and research on better understanding why people do what they do at work and how to leverage that knowledge to improve organizational performance and employee well-being within multifarious hospitality and related service environments. "It is a tremendous honor to be named the inaugural recipient of the Elizabeth M. King Early Career Professorship," said Jolly. "I'm excited by the opportunities that this endowment will provide me to enh...

Revisiting the Public Ownership of Convention Hotels

the authors | March 29, 2019

By Gregg Rockett and Jeff Sachs Part One: Despite evoking controversy at many levels, the wheels are still firmly on the rails as it relates to public ownership of hotels Introduction The legacy of public sector whole-ownership of convention hotels extends several decades but became more prevalent in connection with provisions of the 1997 U.S. tax code (Revenue Procedure 97-13). These revisions facilitated clarity on the safe harbor status of management agreements related to facility operations financed by tax-exempt bonds. The first convention hotel to open following the revised provisions was Chicago's Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, d...

Erynn Torrenga and Young Lee Join INTELITY as SVP of Sales, East and VP of Finance; Benjamin Keller Promoted to SVP of Sales, West

INTELITY | February 5, 2019

Following its recent funding announcement, INTELITY hires key players to aid in its plans to expand into new markets and verticals Los Angeles, CA (February 5, 2019) - INTELITY™, provider of the travel industry's first and broadest enterprise guest engagement and staff management platform, announced today that Young Lee and Erynn Torrenga have joined the company. Additionally, the company has promoted Benjamin Keller to SVP of Sales, West. These team members are integral in the company's plans to expand and scale in 2019. Erynn Torrenga rejoins INTELITY as the new Senior Vice President of Sales, East. Torrenga will oversee INT...

Penn State School of Hospitality Management and Alumni Society to Honor President and CEO of National Restaurant Association, Dawn Sweeney, in 2019

PSHRS | October 16, 2018

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Penn State School of Hospitality Management in the College of Health and Human Development and the Penn State Hotel & Restaurant Society (PSHRS) have named Dawn Sweeney, President and CEO of the National Restaurant Association, as the 2019 Hospitality Executive of the Year. The National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the nation's $800 billion restaurant and foodservice industry. Sweeney's leadership and achievements in the foodservice industry will be recognized at a gala reception at the historic Nittany Lion Inn on April 3, 2019. Sweeney is being recognized for her s...

Xenia Hotels & Resorts and Steelite Executives Named Conti Professors

Penn State School of Hospitality Management | May 21, 2018

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – For the 30th anniversary of the Conti Professorship, the Penn State School of Hospitality Management has named the 2018-2019 visiting professors and announced enhanced engagement of past and future executives named in the program. Walter Conti, a Penn State trustee emeritus who died in 2016 at the age of 87, served on the Penn State Board of Trustees from 1974 to 1992. Conti earned his bachelor's degree in home economics from Penn State in 1952, becoming a well-known restaurateur and industry leader. The Conti Professorship Program was established by alumni and friends of the Penn State School of Hospitality...

Penn State Announces Sponsors for Gala Honoring Marriott’s CEO

PSHRS | April 5, 2018

The event culminates an academic year-long celebration of the School's 80th anniversary. To register for the event, visit: http://hhd.psu.edu/shm/hospitality-executive-year-event. Sponsors of the gala event, based on level of financial participation include: Old Main Sponsor ...

Tyson Hospitality Consulting Principal Joins Industry Advisory Board

the School | March 21, 2018

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Peter Tyson, principal of Tyson Hospitality Consulting, LLC, has joined the Penn State School of Hospitality Management (SHM) Industry Advisory Board. Prior to his retirement as a managing director of CBRE Hotels, Tyson was a senior vice president of PKF Consulting, chief operating officer of Smith Analytics and a partner in Laventhol & Horwath. A majority of his work consisted of the provision of consulting services to clients in the hotel and gaming sectors of the industry. "Over a period of many years, I had the pleasure of hiring, training and working with many Penn State SHM alumni and was always im...

Sheetz Executive Joins School of Hospitality Management Industry Advisory Board

PSHRS | March 15, 2018

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Emily Sheetz, who is assuming the role of AVP of Strategy at Sheetz, has joined the Penn State School of Hospitality Management Industry Advisory Board. Sheetz is a third-generation family member and one of 11 active in the company. She previously served as director of talent development, responsible for all training and leadership development across the company. Sheetz has participated in a leadership rotation program within the company and has held positions in real estate, human resources, operations and store development. Sheetz also helped launch the Sheetz Cafe project, which is an innovation concept t...


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