The Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series (DDLS) brings prominent industry professionals to speak at SHA most Fridays during the fall semester. For 2015, students worked in groups each week to research, meet, and profile featured speakers, and then guest-blog here about the experience.
This week’s student authors are Colton Haney ’17 and Max Rosenthal ’16.
On October 23, we had the honor of having not just one industry leader for the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series (DDLS), but two, in the form of Andrew Tisch ’71 and Jonathan Tisch. While both of these cousins and executives of the Loews Corporation have spoken individually in the DDLS in the past, this was their first time doing the lecture as a joint venture.
The night preceding the lecture, we had the opportunity to meet both of the Tisches over dinner. During the meal, they both talked about an array of different topics from next steps after graduating to a day in the life of the Tisch family. One anecdote that stuck out was Mr. Andrew Tisch’s story about his role in the Cornell parade in New York City, portraying the role of “Andrew” Dickson White alongside Ezra Cornell, direct descendant of the university founder.
Mr. Andrew Tisch, a Class of 1971 alumnus, has a love of Cornell that was was evident when he mentioned he celebrated one of his milestone birthdays at Cornell, which included getting his favorite sandwich at the Hot Truck. He also recounted his days as an undergrad, referencing tough classes that used to be in the curriculum, including Meats and Food Chemistry.
On the other side of the table, Mr. Jonathan Tisch talked of his love for his alma mater, Tufts, as well as his love for living in New York. Interested in learning what the seniors at the dinner were planning on doing after college, Mr. Jonathan Tisch prompted a discussion with them about next steps, providing the advice not to take a job with the end goal of getting to another position, but rather to pick a job that is the best fit at every stage.
The next day, the two Tisch cousins stood together on stage and told us the story behind the Loews brand and their family history. Mr. Andrew Tisch started off the lecture discussing his life “back in the day,” including a picture of himself during his time at Cornell. He then continued through his timeline to present day at Loews, as well as going through the timeline of the company starting from the Laurel in the Pines Lakewood. He continued talking about the early stages of the company and transitioned to talking about the other companies Loews owns.
Then Mr. Jonathan Tisch shared his insight on Loews Hotels and Resorts. He shared the plan for Loews to almost double their hotel properties to 50, and highlighted some of their properties and their partnership with Universal Studios. The cousins ended their presentation with their Ten Rules of Business and a video of Mr. Jonathan Tisch working at their Miami property.
After the lecture, the students of HADM 4100 were able to sit and talk to the two speakers. Both of the Tisches answered questions in more detail regarding the operation of Loews, new business endeavors, and other life advice for those going into the hospitality industry. Mr. Jonathan Tisch talked at length about their up-and-coming boutique brand that is set to open in Toronto.
Overall, it was on honor to spend time with two incredible industry leaders; their insights, knowledge, and advice made it a memorable and thought-provoking two days.