Industry Advisory Board

Industry Advisory Board

About the Board

The purposes of the industry advisory board include providing the school with strategic advice and helping strengthen our industry links for such things as career placement, education, and research, as well as to help faculty remain current about industry trends.


Current members of the School of Hospitality Management Industry Advisory Board are:

Javid Baig
Senior Vice President, Strategy and Planning
Jack Belk
Senior Regional Vice President of Operations
Cheesecake Factory
Carl Berquist
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Marriott International, Inc.
Brian Black
Director of Hospitality Industry Relations
Penn State School of Hospitality Management
Brooks Broadhurst
Senior Vice President, Food and Beverage
Eat'n Park Hospitality Group
Joseph Crimmins
General Manager
Penn State Hospitality Services
Ronald Deis
Director, Global Sweetener Development
Ingredion Incorporated
Robert DeSalvio
Senior Vice President, Development
Wynn Resorts
Daniel Flannery
Senior Vice President and Managing Director
Plato Ghinos
Shaner Hotel Group
David Gingher
Director, Retail Campus Dining
Penn State Auxiliary & Business Services
Steve Hood
Senior Vice President
Pam Inman
National Tour Association
Josh Josephson
Director,Transactions and Asset Management
Naveen Kakarla
President and Chief Executive Officer
Hersha Hospitality Management
Daniel Lesser
President and Chief Executive Officer
LW Hospitality Advisors
John Longstreet
President and Chief Executive Officer
Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association
Mark Lomanno
Executive Board Member
Kathie Long
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Vista Host
Doug McBrearty
Gulph Creek Hotels
Brian McGuire
Vice President, Hotel Operations and Six Sigma
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
John Metz
CEO, Executive Chef, Partner and Co-Founder
Sterling Hospitality
Jeff Metz
President and Chief Executive Officer
Metz Culinary Management
William Minnock
Managing Director, Asia
Marriott Vacations Worldwide
John O'Neill
Penn State School of Hospitality Management
Doug Patrick
Senior Vice President, Human Resources, The Americas
Hyatt Hotels and Resorts
Donna Quadri-Felitti
Associate Professor and Marvin Ashner Director
Penn State School of Hospitality Management
John Randall
Regional Vice President, Full Service Division
White Lodging
Peter Rogers
Executive Vice President
MICROS Systems, Inc.
Hugh Roth
Senior Vice President, Business Development
PepsiCo Food Service
Peggy Rubenzer
Vice President of People Resources
Shake Shack
Stephen Rushmore, Jr.
Chief Executive Officer
Matthew Schuyler
Chief Human Resources Officer
Hilton Worldwide
James Schweppe
President and Chief Executive Officer
Elite Cuisine L.L.C.
Thomas Smith
Area Vice President and General Manager
Hyatt Hotels and Resorts
Brian Sparacino
Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing
Interstate Hotels and Resorts
Collin Urgo
Principal/Senior Vice President, Operations
Urgo Hotels
Charlie Vizoso
Vice President and General Manager
The Brickman Group
Edward Watkins
Freelance Writer and Group Moderator/Manager
Hotel Revenue Strategy Leaders