Statler News

Note: This will be the last edition of Statler News until February 12th.

December 11, 2020

Guest Speakers (virtual)

Finance, Accounting and Real Estate
December 16, 2020
Jonathan Korr ’09
Fulcrum Hospitality LLC
HADM 4230/6210 (Quan) Hospitality Real Estate Finance

Hospitality Facilities and Operations
December 16, 2020
Sean Dunlevy
Director of Security
Four Seasons Resort
HADM3350 (Miller, Jan, Kingra) Restaurant Management

December 16, 2020
Christopher Hunsberger ’81
Chief Operating Officer
HH Hospitality Advisors/MAKR Hospitality
HADM3350 (Miller, Jan, Kingra) Restaurant Management

SHA Events

HADM 3650 – Persuasive Business Communication for Hospitality Leaders (Odom-Reed)
HADM 7610 – Management Communication (Odom-Reed)
Five teams in HADM 3650 and eight teams in 7610 will participate in a simulated company’s Board of Directors meeting via Zoom. As featured in the Innovative Instructional Methods Track at the Association for Business Communication’s 85th Annual International Conference in October 2020, this project challenges the teams to analyze a recent ethical business case in the hospitality industry, contributing to experiential learning. All board meeting presentations will be held via Zoom during the respective class times listed below. Please let Diane Mickelson know if you are interested in attending any of the board meetings.

On Monday, December 14, 2020, the industry executives (Board Chairs) will return to share feedback to the teams during each class session.

Teams have chosen to analyze and address ethical issues across different industry segments:

  • Boutique Fitness – SoulCycle Is Accused of Multiple Pregnancy Discrimination Claims. (Monday, December 7, 1:25 p.m., 7610.2 class)
  • Food & Beverage
    • James Beard Foundation’s Award Process Suggests Systemic Racial Bias. (Wednesday, December 9, 1:25 p.m., 7610.2 class)
    • McDonald’s Corporation Recommended Restaurants in Low-Income Neighborhoods to Its Black Franchisees. (Wednesday, December 9, 11:30 a.m., 7610.1 class)
    • Sweetgreen’s Green Bowls Included Carcinogenic Chemicals That Pose Health Issues. (Monday, December 7, 9:55 a.m., 3650.1 class)
    • Wendy’s Failed to Protect Farmworkers from COVID-19 in Its Supply Chain. (Wednesday, December 9, 9:55 a.m., 3650.1 class)
  • Hotel Operations
    • Marriott International Failed to Prevent Child Detainees at Franchisees’ Properties. (Monday, December 7, 9:55 a.m., 3650.1 class)
    • Marriott International Allowed Sex Trafficking to Occur in Its Facilities. (Monday, December 7, 11:30 a.m., 7610.1 class)
    • Hyatt’s Staff Failed to Maintain Honest Cleaning Practices During the Coronavirus Pandemic. (Wednesday, December 9, 11:30 a.m., 7610.1 class)
  • Media and Entertainment – Walt Disney World Reopened During the Coronavirus Outbreak.(Monday, December 7, 11:30 a.m., 7610.1 class)
  • Technology for Food Delivery
    • Grubhub Inc. Charged High Restaurant Commission Fees During Global Pandemic. (Monday, December 7, 1:25 p.m., 7610.2 class)
    • Grubhub Inc. Added Non-Partnered Restaurants to Its Platform Without Permission. (Wednesday, December 9, 9:55 a.m., 3650.1 class)
  • Travel and Tourism – Carnival Cruise Line Mishandled the COVID-19 Outbreak on Its Ships. (7610.2 class– Wednesday, December 9, 1:25 p.m.; and Monday, December 14, 9:55 a.m.3650.1 class)

Featured Board Meeting Chairs
We are pleased to have six industry executives to chair the Fall 2020 board meetings including four Hotel School alumnae and three executives who have served as the chair for past board meetings.

  • Abigail Charpentier ’95, Vice President, People & Culture, Americas, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts (Monday, December 7, 11:30 a.m., 7610.1 class; and Wednesday, December 9, 1:25 p.m., 7610.2 class)
  • Prem Devadas, President, Salamander Hotels & Resorts (Wednesday, December 9, 11:30 a.m., 7610.1 class)
  • Laura Gilham ’96, Vice President, Human Resources, Suntex Marinas (Monday, December 7, 1:25 p.m., 7610.2 class)
  • Andrew (Andy) Ingraham, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, NABHOOD (Monday, December 14, 9:55 a.m., 3650.1 class)
  • Sarah Robbins ’95, Chief Operations Officer, 21c Museum Hotels (Wednesday, December 9, 9:55 a.m., 3650.1 class)
  • Linda Yau ’00, Vice President, Asset Management, Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (Monday, December 7, 9:55 a.m., 3650.1 class)

Centers & Institutes

Centers & Institutes wishes the Cornell community a happy holiday season!

Our webinar series and special events will continue in January 2021. Check our events calendar for the most up to date information or check here for a list of past webinar recordings featuring SHA faculty experts.

The SHA Centers & Institutes are looking to hire a student writer. If you have a passion for writing, all things hospitality, and thought leadership, this might be the job for you. Click here to read the full job description and submit your application.

C&I Internship Program
Sponsored by the Centers & Institutes in the School of Hotel Administration, this program provides students opportunities to gain practical experience in innovation, entrepreneurship, healthcare, food & beverage management, research, real estate finance, labor and employment relations, and other hospitality focus areas.

If you are a current student looking for internship or externship opportunities, please visit the C&I Internship Program to get involved!
***Remote opportunities may also be available***

Cornell Institute for Food & Beverage Management

Missed this most recent webinar?
Reopening Restaurants after COVID-19: Lessons from Asia
Moderated by Lilly Jan, Lecturer, Food & Beverage Management; Featuring Travis Masiero ’03, Travis Masiero Restaurant Group; and Ivan Brehm, Restaurant Nouri

With coronavirus cases currently skyrocketing across the United States and in some areas a long, cold winter ahead, many questions remain as to how the nation’s food and beverage industry can and should respond. Most restaurateurs are eager to reopen but unsure of how to do so safely and responsibly. With restrictions and guidelines varying from state to state, those in the industry are having to plan and adapt as best they can until specific guidelines from health organizations and legislators provide additional parameters.

How does a food and beverage operation that trades in social engagement and interaction create a safe, responsible environment for guests and staff that is both sensitive to the ongoing pandemic and economically viable for its stakeholders?

Many parts of Asia have already begun the process of reopening, with restaurants taking their cues from their governmental guidelines and developing standard operating procedures that address the needs and concerns of both staff and guests. In this webinar two Singapore-based restaurateurs consider their experiences and share their stories.

Center for Innovative Hospitality Labor & Employment Relations

Check CIHLER’s Event Calendar for upcoming webinars. More information and links coming soon!

15th Annual HR in Hospitality Conference
April 26, 2021 – April 28, 2021
Co-chaired by Dave Sherwyn, ILR ’86, JD ’89 & J. Bruce Tracey
HR in Hospitality 2021 is presented by the Cornell University’s Hotel and ILR Schools. For more than a decade, human resources professionals in the hospitality industry have relied on HR in Hospitality to equip them with powerful guidance tailored to their unique challenges.

Choose from a collection of carefully crafted offerings, including plenaries, smaller breakout sessions, roundtables, and workshops. Whether you are an HR or employment law practitioner, there is something here for everyone. The conference is routinely approved for SHRM, HRCI and CLE Recertification credits.

At the HR in Hospitality Expo attendees gain access to a select group of HR product and service providers with deep expertise in the hospitality industry. Our exhibitors are looking forward to having in-depth conversations.

Center for Real Estate and Finance

Cornell International Real Estate Case Competition (CIRECC) RESULTS ARE IN!
Cornell University took first place at the 12th Annual Cornell International Real Estate Case Competition on November 6, 2020!

Second place went to University of British Columbia, third to Indiana University. The competition was held was held online and the finals were Livestreamed with the help of eCornell.

Cornell University was represented by: Timothy Bergen ’21, Sharon Chen ’22, William McGrath ’21, Jai Patel ’22, Carol Wang ’21.

Other participating Universities were as follows: Chinese University of Hong Kong, Cornell University, Indiana University, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, University of British Columbia, University of Colorado, University of Connecticut, University of Michigan, University of North Carolina, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, University of Texas at Austin, University of Wisconsin at Madison, Southern Methodist University and Villanova University

We’d like to extend a special thank you to our judges: Jackie Soffer P ’20, Chairman and CEO, Turnberry Associates; Jay Mantz P ’21, President, Rialto Capital; John Ryan, CEO, Metro Development; Fabiana Lotito, Personal Sponsor; Adam Falk, Managing Director, Criterion Real Estate Capital; Saul Goldstein ’92, CEO and CIO, ActivumSG Capital Management; Bonnie Ko, Director, ActivumSG Capital Management; Mathew Shore ’00, CIO, DRA Advisors

Recording available soon on our webpage.

CREF: 6th Annual Titans of Real Estate Panel Discussion
April 6, 2021
Save the date! The Sixth Annual Titans of Real Estate, hosted by the School of Hotel Administration’s Center for Real Estate and Finance and the Baker Program in Real Estate at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business is scheduled for April 6, 2021. More details coming soon. To inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please email CREF.

Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship

Hospitality Business Plan Competition

Announcing Semi-finalist Teams!
Congratulations to the Hospitality Business Plan Competition teams who are advancing to the semi-final round!

  • Adaptive Reuse Capital
  • Blaze
  • Flow Kitchens
  • Holistic Hospitality
  • Kiks
  • Life After Life
  • Minature
  • Priya Hospitality
  • rundevu
  • RV Express

The 2021 competition finals will take place virtually on Saturday, March 13. More details coming soon!

2020 Pitch Deck Competition was held on November 12, 2020
Congratulations to the 2020 winning teams!

First Place: WEET ($3,000)
Weet is a mobile app that allows our users to make romantic connections while allowing our partner businesses to acquire new customers. Our users experience a fun, safe, low-pressure dating experience while our partners (restaurants) see a theoretically limitless stream of new faces to convert into return customers.

  • Abhimanyu Goyal ’22

Second Place: Ultraviolet Transactions ($1,500)
Ultraviolet Transactions is a sanitation device that eases employee and guest fears when it comes to payment. By using UV-C light technology, UV Transactions quickly disinfects all forms of payment which include cash, credit cards, coupons, etc.  UV Transaction aims to improve the overall guest and employee experience by creating a safer and cleaner interaction.

  • Samantha Law ’21 (CALS)
  • Alexa Torres ’21

Third Place: Life After Life ($500)
Life After Life re-imagines the conventional cemetery and its multitude of unsustainable shortcomings to create a socially and environmentally valuable alternative that embraces evolving cultural norms, the funeral affordability crisis, and the rapidly decreasing availability of land. We look to capitalize on the momentum of the natural burial movement by creating beautifully landscaped native garden cemeteries in semi urban areas.

  • Jeremiah Swain MMH ’21
  • Jacob Tennenbaum ’21 (Baker)

Honorable Mention: Executive Chef

  • Olivia Friedberg ’24
  • James Lambert ’24

Executive Chef is a high-end meal delivery service that partners with high-end restaurants to create easy to cook meal kits inspired by signature dishes on their menu. We aim to combine high quality ingredients and drink pairings to bring fine dining experiences directly to the consumer’s kitchen.

Special thank you to our judges:

Final Judges

  • Bob Alter ’73, President, Seaview Investors LLC
  • Monica Digilio, Director, Sunstone Hotel Investors
  • Warren Leeds ’84, P ’14 & P ’19, Founder and CEO, Dartcor Food Services

Semi-final Judges

  • Fred Singer, President & CEO, Singer Equipment Co.
  • Kenny Blatt ’81, Principal, Caribbean Property Group Real Estate
  • Jess Petitt ’05, Vice President – Analytics, Hilton
  • Ashwin Kamlani, MMH ’03, Executive Vice President, Kognitiv
  • Chris Hemmeter ’86, Managing Director, Thayer Ventures
  • Stacy Silver, President, Silver Hospitality Group LLC

Media Coverage
Cornell Chronicle, November 18, 2020: Swipe, match, eat: ‘Weet’ pitches better online dating app

Media Coverage

Chekitan S. Dev ‘IMHI 85, Professor of Marketing, was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal on the subject of Digital Nomads, a fast growing target market for hotels worldwide. Read all about it by clicking on the following link here.

Steve Carvell, Professor of Finance, was interviewed by National Geographic for an article entitled “Why some countries are opening back up to tourists during a pandemic.” The article can be found here.