HEC 90

“…and the rest is history!”

HEC 90 Board

Coinciding with Cornell University’s sesquicentennial celebration, HEC entered its ninth decade with a commemoration of ninety years of past programs and changing styles. Bringing together four current and former deans of the School of Hotel Administration, the conference also included food and beverage events that tracked the progression of the hospitality industry over time–the F&B team lived up to its mission of celebrating the past while also toasting to the future.

HEC 90 Board of Directors

  • Tess Williams ’16  
    Managing director
  • Katie Chan ’15
    Information technology director
  • Clarice Costa ’15
    Operations director
  • Tarina De Rito ’15
    Human resources director
  • Anya Gayvoronskaya ’15
    Procurement director
  • Elizabeth Huston ’15 
    Food and beverage director
  • Taylor Meadows ’16
    Program director
  • Justin Meselsohn ’16
    Food and beverage service director
  • Sandy Park ’15
    Rooms director
  • Alyssa Pizzurro ’15
    Beverage director
  • Alexis Sicklick ’15
    Executive chef
  • Patrick Tan ’16
    Sales director
  • Kelcey Wolff ’15
    Design director
  • Kira West ’15
    Marketing and communications director

The Program

Dean’s Welcome

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

Cornell Goes Global

Speaker: Glenn Altschuler, Cornell University

Deans’ Panel

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

Speakers: Michael D. Johnson, David W. Butler, David Dittman, John Clark

3-D Printing Demonstration

Presenter: Jeff Lipton, Cornell Creative Machines Lab

Big Data: Everything You Always Wanted to Know

Speaker: Juan Miguel Lavista, Microsoft Data Science Team

Wines of Spain

Speaker: Steve Olson, a.k.a. “wine geek”

Disrupting the Industry

Moderator: Bill Carroll, Cornell University

Speakers: Rujul Zaparde, Flight Car; Greg Pesik ’86, MBA ’89, Passkey

How Social Media is Transforming B2B Sales

Moderator: Kelly McGuire, MMH ’01, PhD ’07, SAS

Speaker: Natalie Egan ’02, PeopleLinx

Real Estate Development in Cuba: Risks, Challenges, Upside

Moderator: Art Adler ’78, Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels

LinkedIn Training: How to Use Social to Drive B2B Sales

Presenter: Thomas Brunner, PeopleLinx

Jamon Iberico Demonstration (Iberico Ham)

Sponsored by Foods and Wines from Spain

Olive Oil Tasting

Sponsored by Foods and Wines from Spain