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
Jennie Benzon
Vice President, Franchising
Marriott International
Carl Berquist
Former 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
Block 292
Joseph Crimmins
Executive Director
Penn State Hospitality Services
Ron Deis
Food Science Consultant
Atlas Point Technical Services, LLC
Robert DeSalvio
Wynn Resort MA, LLC
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
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
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
Chief Operating Officer/Head of Hospitality
Olshan Properties
Paul Rigazzi
Worldwide Sales Director
Best Western Hotels & Resorts
Peter Rogers
Executive Vice President
MICROS Systems, Inc.
Hugh Roth
Senior Vice President, Business Development
PepsiCo Food Service
Stephen Rushmore, Jr.
Chief Executive Officer
Jay Schultz
Senior Vice President, Hospitality Group
Hotel Business/ Hotel Business Design
Matthew Schuyler
Chief Human Resources Officer
Hilton Worldwide
James Schweppe
President and Chief Executive Officer
Elite Cuisine L.L.C.
Brian Sparacino
Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing
Interstate Hotels and Resorts
Collin Urgo
Principal/Senior Vice President, Operations
Urgo Hotels
Edward Watkins
Freelance Writer and Group Moderator/Manager
Hotel Revenue Strategy Leaders