The New York State Hospitality and Tourism Association selected Rick Adie ’75 as this year’s Outstanding General Manager for hotels with more than 150 rooms. Surrounded by his longtime managers from Cornell’s Statler Hotel, Adie received …
By Charles McKenzie
Peter Thurston Carrera ’16 has always been an early planner. In just the second grade, the young entrepreneur got an official peddler’s license for his drink stand, and just four years after that, he decided that it was time to get serious about …
Where will an SHA degree take you?
For many students, a degree from the School of Hotel Administration is about hospitality operations, as it’s always been. For others, it’s a gateway to a wide array of possible business careers.
Counting among its staff of 300 a number of SHA alums in leadership positions – notably its co-founder, president, and CEO, Rob Rush ’77 – LRA Worldwide is a case study in both the practical value of an SHA education, and the doors it opens to a world of professional opportunity.
LRA Worldwide started in 1980 as Lashner, Rush & Associates, a research, consulting, and auditing firm striving to be “the best at helping great companies and brands measure and deliver exceptionally satisfying customer experiences,” according to Rush. “We look for a hospitality DNA, this common element that infuses different brands and experiences.”
LRA has grown internationally in the past decade, now boasting offices in Austria and Singapore in addition to corporate headquarters near Philadelphia, PA, hometown for both Rush and co-founder/COO Stan Lashner.
We sat down with Rush and several fellow SHA alums on his team, all of whom echoed a common theme, regardless of the path each has taken to get where (s)he is now: the SHA experience is a rock-solid foundation upon which to build a business career.
If you’ve stayed in a hotel, you’ve seen them—the signs of sustainability. Often they literally are signs—placards asking you to help save water by reusing towels and foregoing daily linen changes. Perhaps there is a recycling bin in your room.
But hotels are big places with lots of moving parts, and green initiatives in the guest rooms are just one piece. Hotels’ sustainability efforts must extend to many different areas of operations to have a real positive impact. Over the last few years, the Statler Hotel has made environmentally-friendly changes within its housekeeping, facilities, and food-and-beverage departments, and the New York State Hospitality and Tourism Association recently recognized the Statler’s robust sustainability program with the 2014 Good Earthkeeping Award.