Award recipients

PIHE: 12th Annual Cornell Hospitality Icon and Innovator Awards

The Cornell University School of Hotel Administration has selected Randell A. Smith, chairman and co-founder of STR, to receive the 2020 Cornell Hospitality Icon of the Industry Award, and Elizabeth Blau MS ’97, Chief Executive Officer, Blau & Associates to receive the 2020 Cornell Hospitality Innovator Award. We look forward to celebrating with Randell and […]


PIHE- Hospitality Business Plan Competition Registration Deadline

It’s time to register for the 2021 Hospitality Business Plan Competition! If you are looking to join a team or are looking for members to join your team, please contact Michelle Ciaschi at mlc296@cornell.edu or fill out this SURVEY so we can help you! Full details about this year’s competition can be found here. Team […]


PIHE- Hospitality Pitch Deck Competition (PDC)

The Pillsbury Institute is pleased to announce the Hospitality Pitch Deck Competition (PDC), which will take place during the fall 2020 semester. The PDC is an experiential learning opportunity for student entrepreneurs who are contemplating, starting, or operating an early stage hospitality-based venture, and who are looking to improve their pitching skills, with the potential […]


PIHE: Allison Page, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer, SevenRooms

Key areas of expertise: Restaurants Guest Experience Guest Data B2B SaaS Allison Page is Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer at SevenRooms, a reservation, seating and guest management platform that empowers hospitality operators to create meaningful, direct relationships with guests and deliver exceptional guest experiences. Founded in New York in 2011, SevenRooms is venture-backed by Amazon’s […]


PIHE: Brandon Barton ’03, Chief Executive Officer, Bite

Key areas of expertise: Restaurant Technology Startups SaaS Sales Brandon is a hospitality tech entrepreneur who has used his experience working in operations at the top hospitality groups such as Danny Meyer’s USHG and Patina Restaurant Group to build and scale early stage tech products that help restaurateurs. He is currently CEO of Bite, the […]


PIHE: Nick Bayer ’00, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Saxbys

Key areas of expertise: Social Impact Food & Beverage Culture Nick Bayer has always been in the business of bringing people together, whether it’s as one of Philadelphia Business Journal’s “Most Admired CEOs” or as a consummate team captain since Little League. So when he created Saxbys in 2005, Nick never really considered it to […]


PIHE: Ellen Yui, P ’14 & P ’16 Founding Principal YUI+Company

Key areas of expertise: Communications & Branding Marketing Investor Relations Pitch Coach The entrepreneurial driving force behind YUI+Company, Ellen Yui brings 30 years of experience and a wellspring of passion to her work. Known for her big ideas and razor-sharp strategies, Yui guides clients to see their own potential, identify their unique space, and put […]


CIHLER/PIHE/CHR: Employee Oriented Tech: Even More Relevant in the New Normal

Event Overview Introducing new employee-oriented tech solutions can be a double-edged sword for the hospitality industry. Technology meant to enhance the employee experience offers certain benefits, including increased efficiency, but it can also carry with it legal risks, especially if the technology is not properly implemented. As technology becomes increasingly relevant for both employers and […]


PIHE: Patrick Bosworth, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Royalton Investment Services

Key areas of expertise: Saas Software Hotel REvenue Fundraising Global Scaling As Co-CEO of Royalton Investment, Patrick focuses on start-up businesses within Royalton related to new business models in yachting, and developing hospitality and wellness projects. Patrick is an advisor to Duetto Research, which is a company he founded in 2012.  He served as CEO, […]


PIHE: Danny Stein ’92, Managing Partner, Volery Capital Partners

Key areas of expertise: Media & Tech Startups Investing Operating Investing in impact & Sustainability Danny Stein is a seasoned, growth-oriented executive with over 27 years of operating and investment experience across media, technology and consumer businesses. Stein has managed across the full life-cycle of deal origination through exit for small and mid-cap public and […]