Statler News

This is the last Statler News for the fall semester. We will resume on January 28, 2022.

December 3, 2021

Guest Speakers

Finance, Accounting and Real Estate
December 7, 2021
Allison Hope ’04
Chief Development Officer
Virgin Hotels
HADM 4230/6210 (Quan) Hospitality Real Estate Finance

Fall 2021 Models of Excellence (MoE) in Business Presentation Competition
Tuesday, December 7, 2021, from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Statler Auditorium
The Management Communication subarea is pleased to host its Fall 2021 Models of Excellence (MoE) in Business Presentation Competition on Tuesday, December 7, 2021, from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. in the Statler Auditorium, with its theme focused on “The Future of the Hospitality Industry – Creating Post-COVID Innovative Solutions.” We hope you can attend the competition to support our seven finalists.

Course-Wide Presentation Competition
This competition provides a valuable opportunity for students to showcase their final presentations in a formal competition, and for us to recognize their hard work. All currently enrolled HADM 3650 – Persuasive Business Communication for Hospitality Leaders students (n = 150) share this common presentation project as part of the course, and each section chooses one representative, resulting in seven finalists for the competition this fall.

Post-COVID Innovative Topics and Focus on the Hospitality Industry 
Our subarea faculty has encouraged students to brainstorm relevant and debatable topics to align with the Post-COVID Innovation theme. The Hospitality industry is defined broadly in this assignment – lodging, foodservice, real estate, travel and tourism, finance, senior living, clubs and other special segments, and certain areas of the entertainment and sports industries that are connected to tourism.

Seven Finalists for Fall 2021 MoE Competition
Congratulations to the seven finalists who will present topics to align with this theme:

  • Ryan Gilburne ’23: Advancing Cleaning Procedures Using Ultraviolet Lights
  • Ryan Leung ’23: Developing a Social Housing Project in San Francisco, California
  • Jesse Linevsky ’22: Offering an Outdoor Hospitality Experience: Forest Bathing Retreats
  • Troy Marrero ’23: Implementing Virtual Tasting for Breweries
  • Nikhil Rao ’21: Reserving Your Spot for the Future: Implementing a Real-Time Reservation System
  • Max Ringer ’22: Innovating Movie Theater Acquisition Strategy
  • Jessica Sun ’23: Automating Food Services at the Aviva Centre: Introducing Delivery Bots

Three Competition Judges from Cornell SC Johnson College of Business
We are pleased to welcome three judges from each schoolCharles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, and Peter and Stephanie Nolan School of Hotel Administrationacross Cornell SC Johnson College of Business to determine our Fall 2021 MoE winner:

  • Denise Ramzy, Senior Lecturer and Director of the Business Minors Program, Management and Organizations Area, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business
  • Alex M. Susskind, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor of Food and Beverage Management, Operations, Technology, and Information Management Area, Director, Cornell Institute for Food and Beverage Management, Peter and Stephanie Nolan School of Hotel Administration, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business
  • Manoj Thomas, Nakashimato Professor and Area Coordinator for Marketing and Management Communication, Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business

Three Feedback Providers from Cornell SC Johnson College of Business
While the judges determine the MoE winner, the Management Communication feedback providers across Cornell SC Johnson College of Business will share constructive feedback about the competition presentations:

  • David Lennox, Senior Lecturer, Director of Undergraduate Studies Program, and Faculty Director of Dyson by Design, Marketing and Management Communication Area, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business
  • Angela Noble-Grange, Senior Lecturer and Customized Immersion Advisor for the Johnson Graduate School of Management, Marketing and Management Communication Area, Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business
  • Taylor Lea Thomas, MMH ’20, HADM 3650 Teaching Assistant for Management Communication, Peter and Stephanie Nolan School of Hotel Administration, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business

Wishing you a wonderful winter break! The fall semester is wrapping up but our special events, both in person and virtual, will continue through the 2022 Spring semester.
Check our Events Calendar for important dates and information! 

Missed our most recent webinars?
Check out our C&I Webinar Library for on demand access. From real estate and finance to HR, entrepreneurship to food and beverage, technology to marketing, and cruise lines to airlines, our faculty and hospitality industry experts have covered it all. Browse our entire collection of keynote webinars, click the titles to watch recordings of the previously live events, and read webinar reviews written by students and staff members.

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***

Entrepreneurs in Residence Office Hours
The Pillsbury Institute will be wrapping up its Fall Entrepreneurs in Residence program in early December, so book your meetings while you still can!
In person and virtually meetings will resume for the Spring semester so be sure to check your inbox for weekly updates!

You can schedule one-on-one meetings using your StartupTree account. Be sure to come to your meetings prepared to discuss anything from business development to career planning. View upcoming EIRs below and their key areas of expertise or read more about them by visiting our website.

Rob Gregor ‘00, JD ‘07, Founder and Owner, Gregor Hotels

  • Hotel Operations
  • Merger and Acquisitions Attorney
  • Family Business Ownership
  • Negotiated, Structured Draft Agreements
  • Team Building and Problem Solving
  • Monetization
  • Sign up to meet with Rob

Felix Litvinsky, P ‘23, Managing Director, Blackstone LaunchPad, Cornell University

Fred Singer, President and CEO, Singer Equipment Company Inc.

  • Family Business & Family Business Succession
  • Commercial Kitchen Design
  • Negotiations
  • Management
  • Strategy
  • Mid-Market Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Sign up to meet with Fred

The View for 2022: Insights and Expectations for the U.S. Hotel Industry
Thursday, December 17, 2021, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET
Register here
Event Overview
After 20 months of upheaval, the U.S. hotel industry is eager to regain lost ground. Leisure travel has rebounded, COVID-19 vaccination rates are up, and unemployment is declining, yet corporate and group travel remain well below 2019’s levels, and supply chain issues and inflation fears are real. Could 2022 be a turning point?

In this webcast, a panel of leading hospitality experts will discuss their expectations for next year from four important industry perspectives: hotel owner, hotel asset manager, benchmarking and data expert, and Wall Street lodging analyst. Steve Carvell, Arthur Adler ’78 and Karen Newman Adler ’78 Director of the Cornell University Center for Real Estate and Finance, and Professor of Finance in the Peter and Stephanie Nolan School of Hotel Administration, will moderate this session and explore with panelists how the pandemic has reshaped the industry’s investment landscape.

What You’ll Learn

  • What leaders across multiple sectors of the hotel industry predict will happen in the coming year
  • How the upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has shaped decision making around hotel industry investments


  • Steven Carvell, professor of finance, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business
  • Jan D. Freitag ’97, director, CoStar Group
  • Michael G. Medzigian ’82, chairman and CEO, Watermark Lodging Trust Inc.
  • Michelle Russo, CHAM, MAI, CHA ’87, founder and CEO, Hotel Asset Value Enhancement
  • Patrick Scholes ’94, managing director, Truist Securities

History Of Kwanzaa
Dr. Maulana Karenga, professor and chairman of Black Studies at California State University, Long Beach, created Kwanzaa in 1966. After the Watts riots in Los Angeles, Dr. Karenga searched for ways to bring African Americans together as a community. He founded US, a cultural organization, and started to research African “first fruit” (harvest) celebrations. Karenga combined aspects of several different harvest celebrations, such as those of the Ashanti and those of the Zulu, to form the basis of Kwanzaa.

The name Kwanzaa is derived from the phrase “matunda ya kwanza” which means “first fruits” in Swahili. Each family celebrates Kwanzaa in its own way, but celebrations often include songs and dances, African drums, storytelling, poetry reading, and a large traditional meal. On each of the seven nights, the family gathers and a child lights one of the candles on the Kinara (candleholder), then one of the seven principles is discussed. The principles, called the Nguzo Saba (seven principles in Swahili) are values of African culture which contribute to building and reinforcing community among African-Americans. Kwanzaa also has seven basic symbols which represent values and concepts reflective of African culture. An African feast, called a Karamu, is held on December 31.

The candle-lighting ceremony each evening provides the opportunity to gather and discuss the meaning of Kwanzaa. The first night, the black candle in the center is lit (and the principle of umoja/unity is discussed). One candle is lit each evening and the appropriate principle is discussed.

Unity: Umoja (oo–MO–jah)
To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.

Self-determination: Kujichagulia (koo–gee–cha–goo–LEE–yah)
To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves.

Collective Work and Responsibility: Ujima (oo–GEE–mah)
To build and maintain our community together and make our brother’s and sister’s problems our problems and to solve them together.

Cooperative Economics: Ujamaa (oo–JAH–mah)
To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.

Purpose: Nia (nee–YAH)
To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.

Creativity: Kuumba (koo–OOM–bah)
To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.

Faith: Imani (ee–MAH–nee)
To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle

Roper Center for Public Opinion Research
The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research is a non-profit organization that maintains a data archive (1930s to the present) of public opinion polls conducted or sponsored by major polling, media, and public policy organizations, such as Gallup, Roper, ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, Pew Research Centers, the New York Times, USA Today and the Wall Street Journal. The iPOLL databank offers access to nearly 700,000 survey questions and answers asked in the US by more than 150 survey organizations.