Statler News

March 13, 2020


March 16, 2020
Timothy Grisius MBA ’96
Global Real Estate Officer
Marriott International
HADM 3210 (Steiner) Principles of Hospitality Real Estate

March 16, 2020
Stephen O’Connor MMH ’03
Principal & Managing Director
Robert Douglas
HADM 4230/6210 (Quan) Hospitality Real Estate Finance
Hospitality Facilities and Operations

March 16, 2020
Adam Gold ’99
Director of Purchasing and Logistics
M.S. Walker
HADM 4350 Course (Gaulke) Selection, Procurement and Supply Chain Management


Due to the protective measures Cornell University has taken in response to the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), HEC 95 must be modified. Fortunately, we will be continuing with an innovative virtual conference with several of our originally scheduled speakers. This will take place on Friday, March 13 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm EDT and is open to all at We are thrilled to invite you to join us via Zoom for as much of the day as you like. Alternatively, members of the Cornell community are welcome to stop by the Statler Hotel amphitheater for the live stream. Whether in person or virtually, we are looking forward to connecting with you on Friday!


Spring 2020 Real Estate Seminar Series (CRP 5370). We look forward to welcoming:
These will be moving to Zoom – if interested in seeing the session, please email Kathy at

March 19     Daniel Hayes, AAP ’95, Heitman LLC

March 26     Five in 5 – Five alumni from the Class of 2015 Baker Program in Real Estate

The complete list can be found at 2020 Spring Speaker Series

To learn more about the Baker Program in Real Estate check out our Real Estate Review blog.

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


14th Annual HR in Hospitality Conference
April 27-29, 2020
Loews Miami Beach Hotel
1601 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
The Cornell Center for Innovative Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations (CIHLER) is excited to announce that the 14th Annual HR in Hospitality Conference is now a Cornell event. Thirteen 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 was the first year, since LRP graciously handed over the reins to our two Schools, that we assumed sole responsibility for the production of the conference. We are extremely proud at how well the conference went, and hope you will consider attending this year’s conference. Registration though our website 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

2020 information **Unique Faculty and Staff discounts available to save 30% off list price by request**


CREF:  5th Annual ICSC & Cornell International Retail Real Estate Competition
May 17 – May 19
We are pleased to announce the Fifth Annual ICSC & Cornell International Retail Real Estate Case Competition. The Cornell Center for Real Estate and Finance (CREF) and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) are joining to host this year’s competition being held on May 17-19, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

This case competition, held annually, will take place during RECon, the world’s largest retail real estate convention. The invitation-only competition will welcome undergraduate teams comprised of four students each from the top university real estate programs. Based on an actual business transaction, each of the teams will be presented with a real estate case study. Teams will have five days for case analysis and preparation prior to a presentation period where teams will showcase their final recommendations to a select panel of real estate industry judges. The winning team will receive a grand prize in the amount of $10,000. This intense competition provides an opportunity for students to practice the skills they have learned in the classroom and showcase their talents to the leaders of the industry.

The list of 2019 participating teams included: Cornell University, Florida State University, Indiana University, New York University, Ohio State University, University of Colorado, University of Connecticut, University of Guelph, University of Pennsylvania-The Wharton School, University of Queensland, University of Texas at Austin, and University of Wisconsin at Madison.

More information on this year’s event to come.


Hospitality Business Plan Competition
Saturday, March 14, 2020
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! If you can’t attend in person there is no need to miss out, we will be STREAMING LIVE!

Congratulations to the top 5 teams that have made it to the final round of the Cornell Hospitality Business Plan Competition!

Dream Haüs is a platform that incorporates homebuyers’ tastes and preferences through a visual search to save realtors and home-buyers time and money.

Team members:

  • Chris Gartrell ’20
  • Oren Michaely Eng ’20

farmVal makes the process of growing wine smarter, more efficient, and more reliable through a combination of Cornell PhD patented research, machine learning, and industry expertise.

Team members:

  • Ashley Bacalso MILR ’20
  • Shiang-Wan Chin Meng ’19, PhD ’22
  • Tamara Sato ’22

Matte Black Lounges is focused on bringing modern airport lounges to currently underserved, mid-market, domestic airports.

Team members:

  • Shucen Ding MMH ’20
  • Yi Xuan Huang ’20
  • Lyon Li ’23
  • Gabe Trumbo MBA ’21

PediCure is a toenail trimmer that empowers elderly adults to reclaim independence in their grooming experience. Our device is to be sold to caretakers.

Team members:

  • Jordan Gorelick MEng ’20
  • Bryan Hyland ’21
  • Jialin Ke HumEc ’20
  • Jessica Tao CALS ’20
  • Joshua Zhu CALS ’20

LayOp aims to leverage analytics tools and big data to help hospitality property managers and employees make informed decisions to optimize their service and increase revenue.

Team members:

  • Armaan Goyal ’22
  • Aditya Narayanan A&S ’21
  • Ananth Palaniappan Eng ’21
  • Abhinav Prasad A&S ’21

Special thanks to our sponsors:

Title Sponsor

Platinum Sponsors

  • Bob Alter Family
  • Stanley Sun ’00, MBA ’05

Silver Sponsors

  • Barbara Foote Shingleton ’75
  • Elizabeth Shingleton Glomsrud ’00


Chekitan Dev, IMHI ’85, Professor of Marketing, has a presentation titled “The Effects of Sharing Economy Firms on Traditional Markets: A Study of The Lodging Industry,” co-authored with Yi-Lin Tsai (University of Delaware) and Pradeep Chintagunta (University of Chicago), accepted for presentation at the INFORMS Society for Marketing Science (ISMS) 42nd Annual Marketing Science Conference being held at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, Durham, North Carolina, in June 2020.