Cornell Hospitality Icon & Innovator Awards
The annual Cornell Hospitality Icon and Innovator Awards is the School of Hotel Administration's premier fundraising event, and a celebration to honor visionary leaders in hospitality, business, and philanthropy. Contributions to the event support the school's annual fund, which provides key funding to scholarships and programs.
Thank you to all in attendance on June 7, 2016.
The 2016 Cornell Hospitality Icon and Innovator Honorees
Founder and chairman, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
Ted Teng '79
President and CEO, The Leading Hotels of the World
Michael D. Johnson
The Bradley H. Stone Dean and E. M. Statler Professor, School of Hotel Administration
Michael D. Johnson became the sixth dean of the Cornell School of Hotel Administration in 2006 after a distinguished 24-year career at the University of Michigan's Stephen M. Ross School of Business. Dean Johnson has focused his efforts on investing in faculty, enhancing students' learning experiences, increasing diversity, building an effective fundraising organization, and growing the school's global platform.
Through a combination of new programs within SHA and cross-college collaboration, Dean Johnson has led the expansion and enrichment of academic programs, learning opportunities, and related-career opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students. This includes the establishment and development of the Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship; the Center for Real Estate and Finance; the Cornell Institute for Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations; the Baker Program in Real Estate with the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning; and the Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures with the College of Human Ecology.
In China, SHA has launched a new dual-degree program (MBA and MMH) with the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) of Shanghai and a China Faculty Development Program to train the next generation of hospitality scholars, and is working with developers in China to launch the SHA Shanghai Center as a teaching and retreat center for Cornell students, faculty, and alumni.
The high caliber of SHA's programs, facilities, and leadership was validated in 2014 when it became the only stand-alone hospitality program to be accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
Dean Johnson serves Cornell as chair of the Board of Governors of Entrepreneurship at Cornell; as a member of the Board of Directors of eCornell, Cornell University's online learning company; and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Cornell Alumni Council.
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The Cornell Icon of the Industry
The Cornell Icon of the Industry Award honors the lifetime achievements of hospitality and travel industry visionaries, for their professional and philanthropic contributions that have transformed the global industry and society.
Past Award Recipients
Barry S. Sternlicht (2015)
Chairman and CEO
Starwood Capital Group
The Mariani Family &
Banfi Vintners (2014)
James Mariani MBA '91
Virginia Mariani-Kitt '82
John Mariani '54 (not pictured)
Tom Pritzker (2013)
Hyatt Hotels Corporation
The Tisch Family (2012)
James S. Tisch '75
Andrew H. Tisch '71
Jonathan M. Tisch
|The Hilton Family &
The Conrad N. Hilton
Charles F. Feeney '56 (2010)
Co-Founder, Duty Free Shoppers;
Founding Chairman, The Atlantic Philanthropies
J.W. Marriott, Jr. (2009)
Chairman & CEO
Marriot International, Inc.
The Cornell Hospitality Innovator
The Cornell Hospitality Innovator Award honors extraordinary leaders who have created, built, or sustained contemporary, market-leading innovation in hospitality and travel enterprises. View past Cornell Hospitality Innovator Award recipients.