Statler News

November 8, 2019

Finance, Accounting and Real Estate

November 14, 2019
Kate Henriksen ’96
Co-Chief Investment Officer
RLJ Lodging Trust
HADM 3210 (Corgel) Principles of Hospitality Real Estate

Hospitality Facilities and Operations
November 14, 2019
Mark Mutkoski ’89
True North Management Group, LLC
HADM 4301 (Pezzotti) Restaurant Entrepreneurship

November 15, 2019
Allison Page
Co-Founder, Chief Product Officer
HADM 3350 (Miller) Restaurant Management

HADM 3650 – Persuasive Business Communication for Hospitality Leaders (Odom-Reed)
Ten teams in HADM 3650 will present and participate in a simulated company’s Board of Directors meeting that involves four industry executives and alumni via Zoom. This newly created project challenges the teams to analyze a recent ethical business case in the hospitality industry, contributing to experiential learning. Team projects focus on different industry segments including Food & Beverage (Chick-fil-A, Panera Bread, Smoothie King Franchises Inc., and Starbucks Corporation), Technology for food delivery (Grubhub Inc.), Hotel Operations (Hilton Hotels & Resorts), and Gaming (Caesar’s Entertainment Corporation). All board meeting presentations (1:25 p.m. and 2:55 p.m. sections) will be held in Statler 351. Please let Diane Mickelson ( know if you are interested in attending any of the board meetings.

  • Scott LePage ’06, Executive Vice President, NAMER Operations, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts (Wednesday, November 6)
  • Cécile Belaman ’91, Managing Director, BainCapital London office (Friday, November 8)
  • Abigail Charpentier ’95, Vice President, People & Culture, Americas, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, (Friday, November 8)
  • Greg Miller ’83, Co-Founder and Managing Director, PM Hotel Group (Monday, November 11)


Fall 2019 Distinguished Speaker Series (CRP 5370). We look forward to welcoming:

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

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

Hospitality Business Plan Competition
Team Registration Deadline – Friday, November 8, 2019 at 5 p.m.
Register HERE
It’s time to register for the 2020 Hospitality Business Plan Competition! If you are looking to join a team or are looking for members to join your team, please contact Michelle Ciaschi at

Full details about this year’s competition can be found here.

Hospitality Pitch Deck Competition Finals and Awards Reception
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
196 Statler Hall
We invite all students, faculty, and staff to join us for the final presentations of this exciting competition. Four teams will present their final pitches to a panel of industry leaders in hopes of winning the grand prize of $3,000! Presentations will be from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in 196 Statler Hall, followed by a reception and announcement of the winners at 7:00 p.m. in Park Atrium.

View last year’s presentations here.

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 StartUpTree. 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, November 18 and Tuesday, November 19: Meli James ’00, Co-founder, Mana Up and 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
  • Sign up to meet with Meli

Wednesday, November 20: Danny Stein ’92, Managing Partner, Volery Capital Partners

  • Investment experience across media and technology
  • Digital anti-piracy technologies
  • Asset management
  • Social and environmental impact
  • Sign up to meet with Danny


Kristina Workman, Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior, was featured in a article for her research on behavioral ethics, compassion, and leadership. Read all about it here:

Chekitan Dev IMHI ‘85, Professor of Marketing, was interviewed by the Washington Post on Airbnb’s attempt to rebuild brand trust. Read all about it by clicking on the following link:

Peng Liu, Associate Professor of Real Estate, won the “Rising Star in Real Estate Award” at the Shanghai Real Estate Finance Forum. The award is given to a scholar whose research makes significant contributions and impact to the commercial real estate investment and finance industry.

Daniel Vater ’20, a current MMH student, is the recipient of the NEWH Legacy Award from Hospitality Design. Daniel will accept the award at the Platinum Circle Awards Gala on November 12th in New York City.

Elena Belavina, Associate Professor of Service Operations, and her co-authors have presented their work on food waste reduction in grocery retailing and restaurants, food for education, online labor markets, crowdfunding, bike-share systems, and inventory management for exclusive products at INFORMS Annual Meeting in Seattle.
Eva Steiner, Assistant Professor of Real Estate, presented her paper: “Asset Values and Corporate Borrowing: Evidence from Contract-Level Data,” co-authored with Murillo Campello, Robert Connolly, and Gaurav Kankanhalli, at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C.

Peng Liu, Associate Professor of Real Estate, had his paper “Commercial Mortgage-Backed Security Pricing with Real Estate Liquidity Risk” co-authored with Peimin Chen, Igor Kozhanov, and Chunchi Wu, accepted for publication at Real Estate Economics.

Chekitan Dev, IMHI ‘85, Professor of Marketing, has co-created a 6 course eCornell Brand Management Certificate with Patti Mandel of Dyson and the participation of industry experts including Daniel Lamarre, CEO of Cirque du Soleil; Keith Barr, CEO of IHG; Michael Levie, COO of CitizenM; and Lulu Raghavan of Landor. For information on the certificate, please click on the following link:

Cornell Dining is looking to hire two Student Sustainability Coordinators. The pay is $13.50/hour and the time commitment is 5-10 hours/week, flexible hours. The applications are due by the end of the day on Friday, November 8.

The job description is as follows:
The Student Sustainability Coordinator will have primary responsibility for aligning Cornell Dining’s sustainability initiatives with that of the University’s by promoting environmental sustainability. The Student Sustainability Coordinator will conduct studies on topical issues like food waste; organize and lead multiple sustainability campaigns and events to engage with the student body; manage Cornell Dining’s sustainability social media; collaborate and communicate with other sustainability organizations on campus (including governing bodies like Campus Sustainability Office, Student Assembly Dining, and Sustainable Cornell Council) as needed; provide a student and a sustainability perspective to the operation of Cornell Dining; and offer suggestions and improvements to the company operations as required . This is a part-time federal work-study eligible position with a flexible workweek expectation of 10 hours per week for at least one full academic year.

The link to the application is below: