HEC 83

A Weekend of Hospitality, Education, and Collaboration

HEC 83 Board

When discussing possible themes for HEC 83, the board of directors felt that the primary reason people attend HEC was exactly that: H.E.C., or our three core values—Hospitality, Education, and Collaboration. Keeping in mind the organization’s then-new (and current) mission statement, “Showcasing Hospitality Education Through Student Leadership,” the goal for the weekend was to provide all guests with an educational, enjoyable experience and solidify the perception of HEC as the pinnacle of hospitality education.

Among the highlights of the weekend, experts addressed equity in the hospitality industry, presented leisure activities including yoga and wine and honey tastings, and explored the power of sleep.

HEC 83 Board of Directors

  • Geoffrey Gray ’08
    Managing director
  • Alison Harrigan ’10
    Guest services director
  • Brett Rubin ’08
    Operations director
  • Cathy Popp ’10
    Executive chef
  • Grace Juan ’08
    Design director
  • Gregory Mezey ’09
    Guest experience director
  • Jessica Powell ’10
    Public relations director
  • Jessica Rubin ’10
    Marketing director
  • Kira Gailey ’09
    Human resources director
  • Liz Longstreet ’08
    Food and beverage director
  • Michelle Hyjek ’09
    Program and conference service director
  • Natalie Ho ’09
    Food and beverage service director
  • Peter Bowen ’09
    Program and procurement director
  • Tanya Wong ’09
    Program director

The Program

Setting the Scene: Industry Update

Speakers: Mark Lomanno, president, Smith Travel Research; Mark Woodworth ’77, MPS ’78, executive vice president, PKF Consulting; Peter Yesawich ’72, chairman and CEO, Y Partnership

The Continual Evolution of Equity

Speakers: Michael Cahill ’84, president and founder, Hospitality Real Estate Counselors; Robert Kline ’84, president and co-founder, Chartres Lodging Group Inc.; Joy Hou ’98, director, Barclays Capital; Allen Smith ’80, managing director and senior portfolio manager, Prudential Real Estate Investors; Simon Turner ’83, principal, Hotel Capital Advisors

Lodging Derivatives: What’s That?

Speaker: Professor Daniel Quan, School of Hotel Administration

The Olympic Impact

Speakers: Ira Cohn, president, Aramark Business and Industry Group; Marc Bruno ’93, vice president, Aramark Business and Industry Group

Power Sleep

Speaker: James Maas, psychology professor and Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, Cornell College of Arts and Sciences

Hospitality in Emerging Markets

Speakers: Brian Ferguson, senior vice president planning and analysis, Expedia, Inc.; Vincent Joyner, CEO, ACCOR Southern Africa; Paul Sistare, CEO and president, Atlantica International Hotels; Adnan Shamim, director of development, Dubai Infinity Holdings

Wine Tasting

Speaker: Courtney Cochran, owner and founder, Your Personal Sommelier

Honey Tasting

Speaker: Glenn Card, professional beekeeper, Merrimack Valley Apiaries