Cornell Hospitality Icon & Innovator Awards


11th annual Cornell Hospitality Icon and Innovator awards

June 4, 2019
The Pierre Hotel
New York, NY

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Congratulations to the 2019 Cornell Icon of the Industry:

Christopher J. Nassetta President and CEO of Hilton

Christopher J. Nassetta

President and CEO, Hilton

Congratulations to the 2019 Cornell Hospitality Innovators:

Roger G. Hill ‘87

Chairman/CEO, The Gettys Group

Andrew J. Fay ‘87

President, The Gettys Group

Thank you to our 2019 corporate supporters


HIlton Logo


DLA Piper Logo
Local 6 Logo
Northwood Investors logo
Paul Hastings Logo
Sweet Street Logo
Watermark Logo


Aethos Logo
TBC Logo
BPG Logo
CHS Logo
Crescent Heights Logo
Flag Logo
The Gettys Group
Hersha Logo
HGV Logo
IHG Logo
Marriott Logo
Park Hotels Logo
Questex Logo
Stonebridge Logo
Venable Logo


Atish Shah Logo

AURO Hotels Logo

Deloitte Logo

GEM Realty Logo
JLL Logo
PwC Logo
Pyramid Logo
Ropes and Gray logo
Spencer Stuart Logo

Thank you to the above companies for your support for the tenacious pursuit of excellence and innovation. To learn about opportunities to support this prestigious celebration of achievement, please contact Jennifer Mayo '13 (CALS), senior director of external relations, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, at or 607.255.3101.

About the Cornell Icon of the Industry Award

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

Arne Sorenson

Arne Sorenson (2018)

President and CEO
Marriott International

Isadore Sharp

Isadore Sharp (2016)

Founder and Chairman
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

Barry S. Sternlicht

Barry S. Sternlicht (2015)

Chairman and CEO
Starwood Capital Group

The Mariani Family

The Mariani Family (2014)

The Mariani Family & 
Banfi Vintners (2014)

James Mariani MBA '91
Virginia Mariani-Kitt '82
Harry Mariani
Cristina Mariani-May
John Mariani '54 (not pictured)

Tom Pritzker

Tom Pritzker (2013)

Executive Chairman
Hyatt Hotels Corporation

The Tisch Family

The Tisch Familiy (2012)

The Tisch Family (2012)
James S. Tisch '75 
Andrew H. Tisch '71 
Jonathan M. Tisch

Charles F. Feeney '56

Charles F. Feeney '56 (2010)

Co-Founder, Duty Free Shoppers;
Founding Chairman,
The Atlantic Philanthropies

J.W. Marriott, Jr.

J.W. Marriott, Jr. (2009)

Chairman & CEO
Marriott International, Inc.

About the Cornell Hospitality Innovator Award

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.