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Students and alumni engaged at the 2019 PSHRS Hospitality Executive of the Year Award Gala.
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The Penn State School of Hospitality Management in the College of Health and Human Development and the Penn State Hotel & Restaurant Society (PSHRS) honored Dawn Sweeney, president and CEO of the National Restaurant Association, with the 2019 Hospitality Executive of the Year award on April 3, 2019.

Sweeney was recognized for her strategic leadership of the National Restaurant Association, celebrating 100 years of promoting and protecting the industry.  There are more than 1 million restaurant locations in the United States, employing more than 15 million people.

Sweeney has led the National Restaurant Association since 2007, addressing a wide range of policy issues, while offering services and products that promote the industry and help individual operators and large multi-unit companies succeed.

Under her leadership, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, which offers student scholarships, has heightened its focus on developing a strong workforce and building the next generation of industry leaders. Sweeney is an inspirational role model as a female executive and industry leader, especially relevant to the Penn State School of Hospitality Management where over 60% of its students are women.

Save the date for 2020 PSHRS Hospitality Executive of the Year event on April 2, 2020.

 

Thank you to our 2019 Industry Awards Event Sponsors

Nittany Lion Sponsors
Marriott International
PepsiCo

Blue Sponsors
First American Title Insurance Company
Hilton
The Nittany Lion Inn
PSAV

White Sponsors
Ecolab
Four Seasons
Patron Sponsors
Ashford
Constata Tech Consulting
Crescent Hotels & Resorts
Host Hotels & Resorts
Oracle Hospitality
Pappas Restaurants, Inc.
Park Hotels & Resorts
Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association Education Foundation
RSM US LLP
Ted Fowler

Supporters
Ackman-Ziff Real Estate Group LLC
American Hotel & Lodging Association
Arkansas Hospitality Association
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Brandthumb
Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association
Food & Beverage Association of America, Inc.
Georgia Restaurant Association
IHG
Lehigh Valley Restaurant Group, In.c
PJW Restaurant Group
Ralph Evans
SC&H Group
Steelite International
Shaner Hotel Group
Testo
The Food & Beverage Association of America, Inc.
Urgo Hotels

The Penn State Hotel & Restaurant Society (PSHRS) was founded with the purpose of strengthening all hospitality professions and enhancing the reputation of the Hospitality Management program (HM).

PSHRS is an Affiliate Program Group of the College of Health and Human Development Alumni Society and the Penn State Alumni Association . PSHRS provides a means for achieving closer fellowship among alumni, faculty, and students. PSHRS serves those who are currently attending Penn State in HM or who are graduates of the program, as well as those who work within the HM industries and have attended Penn State or are "friends" of the program.

To thrive in this business you must understand the importance of good partnerships. The Penn State Hotel & Restaurant Society and the Penn State Alumni Association are an example of a partnership that is both good for Penn State and good for you. Read on to find out more about the Penn State Hotel & Restaurant Society and why you should be a part of this dynamic partnership.

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