HEC 88

The 88th Annual Hotel Ezra Cornell

HEC 88 Board

HEC 88 put renewed focus on the cornerstone of the program—experiential hospitality leadership—as opposed to a specific theme, with the goal of extending HEC from just a weekend conference to a yearlong experience engaging the entire SHA student body. In addition to the conference itself, HEC organized additional events throughout the year, inaugurating the “Mocktail” reception for new Hotelies, which continues to this day.

HEC 88 Board of Directors

  • Chad Wemischner ’13
    Managing director
  • Sam Eisenman ’13
    Conference director
  • Peter Biechler ’13
    Food and beverage director
  • Gorka Amian ’13
    IT director
  • Levi Austin ’14
    Executive chef
  • Matt Bernard ’14
    Guest experience director
  • Michael Jurgielewicz ’13
    Program director
  • Margalit Kohanim ’14
    Design director
  • Mackenzie Muller ’14
    Human resources director
  • Dana Ocher ’13
    Food and beverage service director
  • Matt Rubin ’13
    Donor relations and finance director
  • Aanchal Suri ’14
    Communications director
  • Kelsie Taylor ’14
    Rooms director
  • Matt Tong ’13
    Beverage director
  • Rachel Towne ’14
    Marketing director

The Program

Dean’s Welcome

Speaker: Dean Michael D. Johnson, School of Hotel Administration

Ted’s Talk: Ted Teng ’79, The Leading Hotels of the World

Speaker: Ted Teng ’79, president and CEO, The Leading Hotels of the World

Women in Hospitality Leadership Panel

Speakers: Kate Walsh, MPS ’90, associate professor, (co-moderator); Susan Fleming, senior lecturer, (co-moderator); Cathy Enz, Lewis G. Schaeneman, Jr. Professor of Innovation and Dynamic Management (co-moderator); Lisa Holladay, vice president of brand and guest experience, Ritz-Carlton; Stacy Fischer Rosenthal, president, Fischer Travel Enterprise; Toni Knorr ’77, general manager, The St. Regis San Francisco

Land/Air/Sea: Where the Travel Industry is Going

Moderator: Sean Tolkin, MMH ’13

Speakers: Mark Joseph, CEO, Veolia Transportation; Brad Tolkin ’80, CEO, co-founder, World Travel Holdings; Frank Del Rio, CEO, chairman, Prestige Cruise Holdings; Suzanne Boda, senior vice president, Airport Customer Service, International and Cargo, US Airways

Nate Silver: Powerful Predictions

Speaker: Nate Silver, founder, FiveThirtyEight Blog and New York Times writer

The Dangerous Mess of Hospitality

Speaker: Brian Canlis, owner, Canlis Restaurant

The World of Extra Virgin Olive Oil: A Tasting Adventure

Speaker: Penelope Pankow MMH ’07, proprietor, F. Oliver’s Oils and Vinegars

Emerging Markets Development: Building Business Deals Abroad

Moderator: Jan deRoos ’78, executive director, Center for Real Estate and Finance and HVS Professor of Hotel Finance and Real Estate

Speakers: Jim Abrahamson, CEO, Interstate Hotels & Resorts; Neera Chanani ’02, South Asia head, Caesar’s India Development; Phillip Ho, vice president, Asia Pacific, The Leading Hotels of the World

Wine Tasting and Research Seminars 1 and 2

Speakers: Professors Ben Lawrence and Kathy LaTour, School of Hotel Administration

Locavore Farm Tour

Host: Nancy Taber Richards, owner, Finger Lakes Farmstead Cheeses

Craft Beer Tour and Tasting

Hosted by Ithaca Beer Company