November 26, 2014

Keith Barr ’92: IHG executive, and cultural brand ambassador

The Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series (DDLS) brings prominent industry professionals to speak at SHA most Fridays during the fall semester. For 2014, students work in pairs each week to research, meet, and profile featured speakers, and then guest-blog here about the experience.

This week’s student authors are Nikol Limaduran ’15 and Patrick Tan ’16.

Mr. Keith Barr ’92 is chief commercial officer of InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG).

Mr. Barr’s visit as a DDLS speaker was comprehensive and overall extremely positive. His extensive experience as a global hotelier has given him a broad perspective on the hospitality industry, and framed his forward-thinking mindset.

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November 19, 2014

The Turano brothers: Alumni and leaders in the family business

The Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series (DDLS) brings prominent industry professionals to speak at SHA most Fridays during the fall semester. For 2014, students work in pairs each week to research, meet, and profile featured speakers, and then guest-blog here about the experience.

This week’s student authors are Gabby Maurer ’16 and Ben Peters ’15.

This past week we had the pleasure of welcoming the Turano brothers from the Turano Baking Company to Cornell. From the dinner Thursday night to the post-lecture discussion Friday afternoon, the Turano brothers made us feel like we were part of their family—a tribute to how great they are at building the brand of their family business. The dinner featured–of course!–a bountiful variety of fresh-baked Turano breads, all of which we had the luxury of trying!

Each brother offered great insight into what has made the family business so strong through the years.

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November 13, 2014

Maribeth Bisienere: Behind the magic of Disney

The Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series (DDLS) brings prominent industry professionals to speak at SHA most Fridays during the fall semester. For 2014, students work in pairs each week to research, meet, and profile featured speakers, and then guest-blog here about the experience.

This week’s student authors are Gabrielle Maurer ’16 and Maguire Parsons ’15.

The School of Hotel Administration welcomed Ms. Maribeth Bisienere back to campus recently to speak about her career path, as well as her long-standing tenure with the Disney company. Currently, she is senior vice president of Downtown Disney, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, and Water Parks & Mini Golf Walt Disney Parks & Resorts.

We prepared a research packet about our guest to enlighten other students as to her accomplishments, both in and outside of Disney, mainly focusing on her most recent efforts as the senior vice president of the massive Disney Springs project as well as previous achievements that helped advance her career. It was a pleasure to research and eventually hear firsthand stories about her adventures within the Disney empire.

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November 5, 2014

Kevin Jacobs ’94: An accomplished professional and inspiration to fellow Cornellians

The Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series (DDLS) brings prominent industry professionals to speak at SHA most Fridays during the fall semester. For 2014, students work in pairs each week to research, meet, and profile featured speakers, and then guest-blog here about the experience.

This week’s student authors are Tucker Iida ’16 and Tripp Plamondon ’15.

It was a busy and exciting week overall, as Mr. Kevin Jacobs ’94 returned to Cornell to speak in the 87th Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series. Mr. Jacobs, now executive vice president and CFO of Hilton Worldwide, said he had been looking forward to this weekend ever since Dean Johnson invited him to speak back in December of 2013.

Mr. Jacobs arrived in Ithaca on Thursday, accompanied by his family, and excited to speak with current students at his alma mater. Before he arrived, we prepared a research packet to help other students understand his background more fully. We enjoyed researching and reading about all of the exciting ventures he has pursued throughout his career.

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October 29, 2014

Teddy Zhang and Da Dong Ma: Two of China’s most prominent industry leaders

The Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series (DDLS) brings prominent industry professionals to speak at SHA most Fridays during the fall semester. For 2014, students work in pairs each week to research, meet, and profile featured speakers, and then guest-blog here about the experience.

This week’s student authors are Sean Lee ’15 and Robert Wie ’15.

As class assistants in HADM 4100: Hospitality Management Seminar, we had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Teddy Zhang and Mr. Da Dong Ma — two of China’s most famous industry leaders — and learning from their experiences.

Mr. Zhang is chairman and CEO of HUBS1 Interactive Corporation, the leading global distribution system (GDS) in China, and is regarded as one of the most successful School of Hotel Administration alumni in his country.

Mr. Ma, president of the Shanghai Gui Yin Real Estate Company, has dedicated his life to preserving and upholding ancient Chinese culture through the relocation of thousand-year-old trees and dynastic homes.

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October 22, 2014

Stacy Fischer-Rosenthal: Upholding the family legacy with a passion for service

The Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series (DDLS) brings prominent industry professionals to speak at SHA most Fridays during the fall semester. For 2014, students work in pairs each week to research, meet, and profile featured speakers, and then guest-blog here about the experience.

This week’s student authors are Cathy Aronin ’15 and Leigh Heidelberger ’16.

When we started our first semester at the School of Hotel Administration, we met Max Rosenthal in many of our classes. As time went on, other students would mention his mother’s job. They explained how it was “the coolest job ever.” We had the privilege of meeting this mystery woman just last week, when she was a featured speaker in the 2014 Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series.

From doing the research, we knew some basic facts. We knew Ms. Stacy Fischer-Rosenthal had a high-end travel service. We also knew there was a very high fee to join the service and then an additional fee to continue the membership every year. Ms. Fischer-Rosenthal leads an extraordinary lifestyle business for a very prestigious and wealthy clientele. The business started with her father, Mr. Bill Fischer, and Ms. Fischer-Rosenthal worked her way up the ladder, knowing that nothing would be handed to her.

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October 15, 2014

SHA earns AACSB business-unit accreditation

We are delighted to announce that AACSB International (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) has granted inaugural, unit-level accreditation to the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell. We are the only stand-alone hospitality school in the world—one not attached to or accredited under another school or college—to earn this designation.

While our Master of Management in Hospitality (MMH) program has been included previously as part of AACSB’s accreditation of Cornell University, the movement from university- to academic-unit-level accreditation marks the first time that our preeminent Bachelor of Science program was included in the accreditation. The unit-level accreditation is based on the school’s level of independence in the areas of branding, external market perception, financial relationship with Cornell, and autonomy as an academic unit.

Our decision to include our undergraduate and MMH degree programs in an application for business-unit accreditation came at the strong recommendation of the AACSB reviewers following their last visit to Cornell. “This opportunity came to us as a result of our previous AACSB accreditations,” explained our dean, Michael Johnson. “It’s a testament to how much we’ve evolved, how far we’ve come. The reviewers came here to look at our MMH program, but they couldn’t help but notice the high quality of our 900 undergraduates, 60 faculty members, and overall curriculum and educational experience.”

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