Statler News

March 15, 2019

Hospitality Facilities and Operations
March 18, 2019

Michael McLaughlin '13
Purchasing Manager
Darden, Inc.
HADM2360 (Gaulke) Foodservice Management, Theory & Practice and 
HADM45350/6350 (Gaulke) Selection, Procurement and Supply Management

March 20, 2019
Matthieu Bordes
General Manager
Château Lagrange
HA4300 (Stanley) Introduction to Wines

March 21, 2019
Charles Bililies '06
Founder and CEO
HADM6310 (Adalja) Case Studies Restaurant Management and 
HADM1360 (Adalja) Introduction to Foodservice Management 

March 21, 2019
Jen Pelka
Founder and CEO
The Riddler and Magnum PR
HADM6310 (Adalja) Case Studies Restaurant Management and 
HADM1360 (Adalja) Introduction to Foodservice Management 

Organizational Management, Communication, and Law
March 20, 2019

Sinead Bovell
Founder and CEO
HADM 3135/6135 (Olsen) Conversations with Entrepreneurs 

March 20, 2019
Tuesday Baptiste 
Director of People and Culture 
Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore
HADM 2810 (Tracey) Human Resources Management 

THURSDAY, MARCH 21 from 5 – 6 pm

Charles Bililies '07 combined his Hotelie knowledge and Greek heritage to create one of San Francisco’s hottest fast casual restaurant concepts. Come meet Charles for an informal conversation about creating a successful multi-unit restaurant startup.

Spring 2019’s Distinguished Speaker Series (CRP 5370). We look forward to welcoming:

For more information, contact Kathy Terry at or 607-255-7110.

ARGUS training- Registration is now closed
March 23 & 24
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. each day
198 Statler Hall

For more information, contact Kathy Terry at or 607-255-7110.

To learn more about our program check out our Real Estate Review blog.

CHR Guest Lecturers –
Dan O’Sullivan, VP Travel Solutions EMEA
Julie Bartlett, Director Global Sales
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

We are pleased to invite SHA students to attend our upcoming event! The Center for Hospitality Research (CHR) will be hosting guest lecturers Tuesday, March 26 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the tower 5th floor conference room (589). Our guests are Dan O’Sullivan, VP Travel Solutions EMEA, and Julie Bartlett, Director Global Sales of is the world’s leading provider of technology and language services that simplify the process of creating and deploying multilingual content.

Dan and Julie will introduce and share examples of how travel and hospitality industry trends impact technology and the challenges they are helping to solve.

Pizzas and drinks will be provided, and we have extended the RSVP deadline. Please contact Carol Leitch-Zhe ( by Monday, March 19 to reserve your seat.

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13th Annual HR in Hospitality Conference | March 25-27, 2019
The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas
3708 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89109

The Cornell Center for Innovative Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations (CIHLER) is excited to announce that the 13th Annual HR in Hospitality Conference is now a Cornell event. Twelve years ago Cornell’s ILR School and School of Hotel Administration developed content for the inaugural HR in Hospitality Conference and Expo. Since then, we have run the conference with our partner LRP Publications. Last year, LRP graciously handed over the reins to our two Schools and we have now assumed sole responsibility for the production of the conference. We are very excited about this opportunity and hope you will consider attending this year’s conference. We recently launched a new website and registration is now open! We are pleased to offer a faculty, staff, and students special discounted rates, for more details on registering please contact Erica Heim at

CIHLER HR in Hospitality Reception| March 26, 2019
The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas
Las Vegas, NV

Please join us for complimentary drinks and light appetizers while networking with CIHLER advisory board members, HR in Hospitality Conference speakers, Hotel & ILR School alumni, faculty, and staff. For more details or to register contact Erica Heim, or Mark Yeager,

Mandatory Arbitration Roundtable| May 20, 2019
Statler Ballroom
Ithaca, NY

Join CIHLER for a roundtable co-hosted by Interim Dean of the ILR School Alexander Colvin and Professor Dave Sherwyn. Topics for discussion will include: Mandatory Arbitration and Class Action Waivers, 1) The arguments for and against; 2) Personal experiences - management and employees; and 3) What will employees do / how will employers react?

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International Real Estate Student Trek to Sydney, Australia
April 1-4, 2019

The Center for Real Estate and Finance and the Cornell Real Estate Club will be hosting real estate students to a student trek in Sydney, Australia this April during spring break. Real estate students will examine a real estate case from this region and participate in a tour of the corresponding property as well as site visits to new construction and upcoming real estate projects in and around Sydney. Companies welcoming the students include 151 Property, Blackstone, JLL, Scentre Group and University of Sydney.

Contact for more information.

The Fourth Annual Titans of Real Estate – Registration is open!
Friday, April 19, 2019
8:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Cipriani, 42nd St, New York City

Join us in New York City on Friday, April 19, 2019 for the Fourth Annual Titans of Real Estate, hosted by the Center for Real Estate and Finance and Baker Program in Real Estate at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business. Richard Baker ’88 of Hudson’s Bay Company will step out from behind the podium this year to participate as a panelist with Ken Himmel ’70 of Related Urban and Matt Bronfman of Jamestown, L.P. to share their perspective on mixed-use properties and redevelopment. Audience members will be treated to a rare look inside the planning, design and construction elements of these self-sustaining cities within metropolitan areas around the globe. Marty Burger, P ’17 and P ’20, CEO of Silverstein Properties, Inc. will moderate the much-anticipated event.

Registration and Additional Information – Faculty, staff and students receive discounted registrations. Contact for more information.

To participate as a sponsor, contact Cristina Carter or by phone, 607-255-1206.

Mark Warner Open Session
May 2, 2019
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Statler Hall Auditorium

Please mark your calendars for a visit with Mark Warner, Global Head of Risk Management for Commercial Real Estate Private Equity and Debt at BlackRock. BlackRock, Inc. is an American global investment management corporation based in New York City. Founded in 1988, initially as a risk management and fixed income institutional asset manager, BlackRock is today the world's largest asset manager with $6.28 trillion in assets under management as of December 2017. Mr. Warner will hold an open student session on May 2nd from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. in the Statler Auditorium.

Mark Warner, CFA, is a Managing Director in the Risk & Quantitative Analysis (RQA) group at BlackRock. In July 2014 he became responsible for global risk management of commercial real estate exposures across both public fixed income and private equity real estate businesses. He joined BlackRock in 1993 and spent 21 years in the fixed-income division running the CMBS trading desk and managing client portfolios of securitized assets, primarily CMBS, ABS and MBS. During those years in fixed income he partnered with BlackRock Solutions on the development of CMBS analytics to support alpha generation and risk management of commercial real estate debt exposures. Prior to BlackRock he was at Prudential Insurance from1987 to 1993 and held positions in fixed income portfolio management and the commercial real estate debt division. Mr. Warner earned a BA degree in political science from Columbia University and an MBA degree in finance and marketing from Columbia University School of Business.

This event is hosted by the Center for Real Estate and Finance.

Please REGISTER TO ATTEND. Contact with any questions.

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Health, Hospitality & Design Industry Seminar Course, Spring 2019

Now open to all undergraduate and graduate students!
If interested in attending, please contact Nikki Cerra at 
Friday, March 22, 2019, 9:05 a.m. to 9:55 a.m., Statler Hall 398
“Alan Lee’s Career in Health and Hospitality”
Presenter: Alan Lee, MHA, Chief Operating Officer, New York Presbyterian, Brooklyn Medical Hospital 

Chekitan Dev, IMHI '85
, Professor of Marketing, was quoted in an article in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser about hotel brands reimagining their experiences. Read all about it by clicking in the following link:

Entrepreneurs in Residence Office Hours

Every academic year, the Pillsbury Institute invites successful entrepreneurs to the Ithaca campus through the Entrepreneurs in Residence program. The program enables students to learn through ongoing personal interaction with successful entrepreneurs. The Entrepreneurs in Residence meet one-on-one with students to help them with business development, networking, and career planning.

Sign up now or schedule your appointment with Startup Tree. Interested in taking advantage of this amazing opportunity? Take just a minute of your time to create an account that will allow you to schedule and manage appointments.

More information about this program and our entrepreneurs can be found here.

Monday, March 18: Ellen Yui, Founder & Principal, YUI+Company, YuiDesign, Inc.

Tuesday, March 19: Phil Miller '83, Managing Director, Philippus Miller III & Associates

  • Recruitment & Consulting firm
  • Real Estate Services Firm providing: hotel brokerage, asset management, distressed asset servicing & capital markets services
  • Hotel brokerage, asset management, distressed asset servicing & capital markets services
  • 25-plus years of international hospitality industry experience
  • Read more about Phil

Friday, March 22: Jerre Riggs '02, Chief Real Estate Officer, 1776, Co-Founder and CEO, FirstBase

  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Litigation
  • Startups
  • Business incubators
  • Real Estate solutions for startups, entrepreneurs & mobile corporate employees
  • Fosters relationships between startups & VCs & angels
  • Read more about Jerre

Wednesday-Thursday, April 10-11: Kenneth Fearn, Founder & Managing Partner, Integrated Capital LLC

  • Private equity real estate
  • Managing Director & CFO of PE firm
  • Acquisitions
  • Development
  • Debt Financing
  • Strategy Management consulting
  • Read more about Ken

Wednesday-Thursday, April 10-11: Meli James ’00, President, Hawaii Venture Capital Association

  • Venture firm focused on early stage start-ups & investments
  • Program director of a venture accelerator
  • Serial entrepreneur
  • Mobile applications
  • Web-based products
  • Community building
  • Read more about Meli

Tuesday, April 16: Ravi Mehrotra, President, Founder & Chief Scientist, IDeaS Revenue Solutions

  • Revenue management
  • Parallel computing
  • Dynamic price optimization
  • Predictive analytics
  • Read more about Ravi

Hospitality Business Plan Competition
Saturday, March 16, 2019
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Statler Auditorium

Come and support your friends and fellow students on Saturday during HEC weekend at the Business Plan Competition. The Hospitality Business Plan Competition provides an experiential learning opportunity to rising entrepreneurs looking to make their mark on the hospitality industry. Up to five teams will be competing for the first-place prize of $25,000!

Pillsbury Panel: How Investors Evaluate New Venture Opportunities
Wednesday, April 10
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Statler Hall 198

Join Entrepreneurs in Residence who focus on investing in hospitality startups will discuss the frameworks they use to evaluate potential venture opportunities. Questions include: How do you evaluate the venture's prospective business model? What due diligence do you conduct? What is the process through which funding decisions are made? What financial analyses do you perform? What role does risk play in your evaluation? And, how do you think about a potential exit route? A significant amount of time will be reserved for audience questions so come prepared to share!

Following the panel, there will be a reception from 5:30 - 6:30 PM in the Statler Hall Atrium. We hope to see you there!

Register for this event HERE.

Questions? Email Michelle Ciaschi.

Pathways to Entrepreneurship: Families, Foodies and Hospitality
April 11, 2:45 – 3:45 p.m. 
Conference Center, Statler Hotel

The Pillsbury Institute and Smith Family Business Initiative are teaming up to host a panel during Entrepreneurship at Cornell’s annual Celebration event here at SHA. The role of family in nurturing and developing entrepreneurs is often misunderstood; 77% of all new business ventures established in the United States are founded with significant involvement of the family in the business, and another 33% engage family members within the next two years. For some, the family provides the resources and environment to launch their ideas, for others, a separate pathway is necessary. Recent alums and current students share their entrepreneurial ventures in a lively and informative panel. We hope to see you there!

If you would like to register for Entrepreneurship at Cornell Celebration, you can do so here.

Questions? Email Michelle Ciaschi.

Graduate Real Estate Students had the opportunity to participate in a Cornell Real Estate Deal Simulation called The Deal. The competition was open to all graduate students in the Baker Program or with a minor in Real Estate at Cornell University. Thirteen teams submitted their cases with four teams invited to a final presentation round that takes place on Tuesday, March 19th at 5:15 pm in Statler 396. Judging will take place by Cornell alumni currently working in the real estate industry. Teams that did not advance to the finals are given the option to meet with Cornell alumni for individual feedback.

A $1,000 cash prize will be awarded to the team in a small reception immediately following the competition.

Statler Express
Serviced out of Mac’s Café in the School of Hotel Administration, offers a variety of meal and snacks (bagels, sandwiches, pizza, salads, cookies, coffee and more) for your next Group Meeting or Club Get Together.

Go to to order:

  • Make your selections
  • Enter the date and time for pick up
  • Enter your payment

It is easy and quick! We will have your order ready when you arrive along with plates, napkins, cups and plastic cutlery. You will have everything you need to make your Group or Club event a success! Questions - call 254-2511.