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PSHRS Honors 2021 Alumni Award Recipients icon-olus-circle

Ken Young ’72
Executive Chairman, Spectra Food Services and Hospitality

Ken Young graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Foodservice and Housing Administration in 1972. He immediately joined Aramark in its recreational foodservice division serving stadiums, arenas, and other recreation venues. He joined Volume Services (Centerplate) in 1975 and continued with them until 1985 when he started his own business, also in the recreation business.  Young eventually founded Ovations Food Services (now Spectra Food and Hospitality) in 1996 and it grew to annual gross sales of $375M with 140 clients until he sold it in 2015. He is still associated with Spectra as the Executive Chairman. Some of the accounts were the Oakland A’s, Portland Trailblazers, Orange County (CA) Fair, and Jacksonville Jaguars. 

In 1993 Young put together a group to purchase the Norfolk Tides, the AAA affiliate of the New York Mets and presided over the team. In the next 20 years he purchased five more baseball and hockey teams and currently still has 5 teams that are affiliated with the Baltimore Orioles, Milwaukee Brewers and Colorado Rockies. He has been named Minor League’s “Executive of the Year” by Baseball Americas. His dedication to superb food service earned him the Mickey Warner Award from the National Association of Concessionaires in 2009. 

Young used his sports food and merchandise knowledge volunteering  to raise almost $1M for charity by overseeing program sales at Super Bowls and other National Events. 

Ken was provided the Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Health and Human Development in 2002 and also received the Penn State Alumni Fellow Award in 2005 which is awarded to alumni who are deemed outstanding in their chosen field. He continues to serve on College committees. 

He has lived in Tampa, Florida for 40 years and today he continues in the foodservice and baseball business. 



Joe Bocherer ’96
Chief Commercial Officer, George World Congress Center

Joe Bocherer has more than 25 years of hotel, destination marketing and convention center experience. He is currently the Chief Commercial Officer at Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) where he is responsible for overall revenues of the facility with direct oversight of Sales & Revenue Management, Guest & Event Services, BI and Process Improvement, Food & Beverage, Parking and all tenant and vendor contracts on campus.  

 Prior to joining the team at GWCC, he served as Head of Franchise Sales for North America and Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for IHG Hotels & Resorts company managed full-service division which included direct oversight of all Intercontinental Hotels on the East Coast from Boston to Miami. Prior to IHG, Joe was Vice President of Sales for Experience Columbus (CVB), a destination marketing organization. He also worked as the Corporate Director of Sales and Marketing for White Lodging’s full-service hotel division where he was responsible for the opening of the 980 room JW Marriott Indianapolis among several other urban, full-service hotel developments during his four years with the company. He spent 10 years with Hyatt Hotels holding key positions including Regional Vice President of Sales for the Southeast and Midwest where he launched and opened the Hyatt Place Brand from four hotels to 130 during his tenure, and several Director/Associate Director of Sales and Marketing roles within the company. 

Joe earned a Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management from The Pennsylvania State University in 1996 and was a recipient of the Hotel and Restaurant Management School’s Emerging Professional Award. Joe is also active in many industry associations including PCMA, ASAE, IAEE and IAVM.  

Jill Ferguson ’98
Associate Vice President-Conference and Registration, Mortgage Bankers Association

Jill Ferguson is an accomplished strategic programming leader with over 23 years in the event and hospitality industry. She is driven by the purpose of creating experiences that enable participants to enjoy why they are drawn together. Her current role as Associate Vice President, Conferences and Registration at Mortgage Bankers Association, gives her opportunities to lead in a variety of areas from technology innovation and strategic planning to negotiations and business development. She oversees 18 annual meetings with a net revenue of $20M. As a leader of high-performing, cross-functional teams, her motto is #getcurious. She coaches her staff and colleagues to put on their lab coats and seek the answers they wish to find…from themselves, each other, customers, vendors, and competition. By helping others be more curious, she empowers them to create great experiences…together.  

She graduated from Penn State’s School of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management in 1998 and holds the Certificate in Meeting Management (CMM) from Meeting Professionals International (MPI). She is currently completing the Executive Women in Leadership Program at George Washington University.  Together with her husband, Bill Ferguson, School of Music alumnus and Schreyer Scholar (’99 B.M. Music) established the Lynne D. Ferguson Memorial Scholarship in honor of Bill’s mother which recognizes students who have achieved excellence in either piano or wind instrument performance and have demonstrated financial need.  

Dan Stone ’99
Chief Operating and Development Officer, Front Burner Brands

As Chief Operating & Development Officer, Dan is responsible for Front Burner’s operating business unit at the franchisor Restaurant Support Center. In his role, Stone focuses on developing Front Burners’ most valuable assets – its people, and the growth of its brands, namely in the following verticals: new concept development, real estate, strategic planning, learning & communications, and HR.

Front Burner is a restaurant management company headquartered in Tampa, Fla. It is affiliated with dynamic and niche-specific brands including The Melting Pot® - the premier fondue restaurant franchise with more than 95 locations in 31 states; Oronzo® - a fast-casual authentic Italian restaurant concept; and Melting Pot Social® - a new whimsical, bar-centric, cheese forward lively meetup spot.

Stone has held various leadership roles in franchise development with Front Burner Brands prior to his current role. Prior to joining Front Burner, Stone was an Assistant General Manager and Director of Human Resources for Winegardner & Hammons.

A graduate of Penn State University with Distinction, Stone earned his bachelor’s degree in Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management in 1999. He received his Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) certification from the International Franchise Association (IFA) in 2010 and VUCA Leadership Certificate from Cornell University in 2019. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Blossom Montessori School for the Deaf in Clearwater, FL, since 2008.


Alei Fan, Ph.D, ‘16g
Assistant Professor, School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, Purdue University

Dr. Alei Fan (Aileen) is an Assistant Professor at Purdue University’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. Fan holds a Ph.D. in Hospitality Management from The Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Management in Hospitality from Cornell University. As a service marketing researcher, Fan’s research interests include consumer behavior, services marketing, service innovation, and cross-cultural study, particularly focusing on how various forms of service innovation and technology impact on consumers. Her research work has been well recognized and published on top-tier academic journals. Fan has served on the editorial board, review committee, and/or as a reviewer for numerous hospitality and tourism journals, conferences, and grant committees.  

Before moving into academia, Fan had a decade of management experience in the hotel industry, working at major hotel chains such as Hilton, Kimpton and Shangri-La in Asia and North America. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her dog, reading science fiction novels, and practicing kickboxing.   


Aidan Aktouf ’12
Area Manager, Expedia Group

Aidan Aktouf is the Area Manager for Account Management at Expedia Group, overseeing the Los Angeles markets.  He leads a team of Market Managers who are responsible for helping hotel partners maximize sales and exposure through the Expedia Group brands.  Aktouf also works alongside various point of sale leaders and industry executives to help drive and support initiatives for our hotel partners.  Aktouf also was the Vice President of Programming and Education for Hospitality Sales and Marketing International (HSMAI) Los Angeles. 

Aktouf graduated from Penn State University in Hospitality Management and started his career in 2012 with Expedia as a Market Associate and has since worked in several California markets and roles within the company. While a student at Penn State, he was active in THON, PSHRS and the Blue and White Society. As an alumnus, he attends alumni networking events including International PSHRS Day. He lives in Redondo Beach with his partner Kristina and fur baby, Barkley. He is passionate about travel and makes time to explore new destinations with his family.” 

Dan Paolella ’12
Director of National Marketing, Aria Casino and Resort (MGM Resorts)

Dan Paolella is currently the Director of National Marketing at ARIA Resort and Casino (MGM Resorts) in Las Vegas, NV. Paolella oversees both the Table Game and Slot Marketing efforts for the property. He has been with the company for nine years, starting his career in the Management Associate Program in 2012 at Bellagio Hotel & Casino. Originally born in New Jersey, he attended Penn State University and graduated in 2012 with a degree in Hospitality Management with a minor in Casino Operations. He has spent his entire career with MGM Resorts with positions as a National Marketing Analyst, National Marketing Administrator, National Marketing Manager, and moved to ARIA Resort & Casino in 2017 to become the Director.  

While a student at Penn State, he was a student officer in the Casino Management Club. Paolella has participated in alumni networking events in Las Vegas and participated as a guest speaker in the School of Hospitality Management. 

Jose Preza ’14
University Recruiting Technology & Operations Lead, Danaher Corporation

Jose Preza is the University Recruiting Technology & Operations Lead for Danaher Corporation. In this role, he recruits operations talent for all early career opportunities, oversees UR technology and provides insights through people analytics to the Diversity & Inclusion Talent Attraction team. Preza is a 2014 graduate from Penn State University with a degree in Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management and a minor in Labor & Employment Relations (LER). During his time as a student, Preza also held leadership roles with The National Society of Minorities in Hospitality. 

Preza has worked for Aramark in operations roles with various NFL & MLB organizations. He lead and managed 1000+ associates, generating over $1M in revenue per event, daily. With the foundational education in LER as well as the relationships forged with the associates over the years, Preza found a desire to not only improve the operation but also help improve people and their career aspirations. He found a role in campus recruiting that allowed him to connect candidates to the best opportunities and provide insights in a personal and professional development capacity. 

Preza participates in alumni events including Alumni in the Classroom and PSHRS geographic networking events. 

Megan Taylor ’13
General Manager, The Kinney San Luis Obispo (Pacifica Hotels), Tapestry Collection by Hilton

A 2013 graduate of the School of Hospitality Management, Megan Taylor started her career as a Management Trainee with Hilton at The Fess Parker DoubleTree hotel in Santa Barbara, CA. Following the program, Taylor found her home in the food & beverage department overseeing restaurant operations. In 2014, Taylor was awarded Manager of The Year for The Fess Parker DoubleTree. Her dedication & leadership skills led her to multiple promotions including Senior Food & Beverage Manager for DoubleTree to Hilton where she was part of a restaurant remodel and wine tasting room opening and Senior Food & Beverage Manager for The Hilton Anatole in Dallas, In late 2020, Taylor joined Pacifica Hotels as the General Manager of The Kinney, a Tapestry Collection by Hilton hotel.  

In addition to career accomplishments, Taylor prides herself on staying connected with Penn State hospitality program as well as the close friends she made during her time in the program. Taylor and her friends travel the globe together each year and can’t wait to be back together post pandemic! Next trip on the list is Japan, where they will be running the Tokyo marathon.   

MJ Worsham ’11
Director of Restaurant Technology, Five Guys Enterprises

After graduating from the Penn State School of Hospitality Management in 2011, MJ Worsham held several key positions in the hospitality industry, including roles at MICROS Systems and NCR Corporation, ConStrata Tech Consulting, and operating companies including The Plamondon Companies and Five Guys Enterprises. In his current role as Director of Restaurant Technology, Worsham is responsible for all in-store technology including integration partners and POS vendor relationships, and global strategic technology projects. 

While working in the hospitality industry, Worsham has continued to support his Penn State roots as a founding member of the Penn State Altoona Alumni Advisory Council, an Alumni Mentor of the College of Health and Human Development from 2016-2017, and a member of various Alumni Interest Groups.  

Worsham is also an active member of the International Food and Beverage Technology Association (IFBTA) – acting as a resource to industry professionals and contributing to various networking and brainstorming discussions. Additionally, Worsham is a regular participant in many other industry events and study groups to both stay current on trends and help move the industry forward. 


PSHRS Awards Criteria

Alumni of the Year Award icon-olus-circle


  • Graduate of any Penn State program and received a degree more than ten years ago
  • Current Member of PSHRS
  • Actively participates in various activities, with Penn State and PSHRS
  • Demonstrates consistent career progression and leadership in their job in the hospitality industry
  • Had a leadership role in a community service organization through company-sponsored events or personal pursuits

Past Recipients

2021: Ken Young, ’72, Executive Chairman, Spectra Food Services and Hospitality

2020: Tom Neely '87, General Manager, Nittany Lion Inn

2019: George Dabney, '88, Thayer Lodging, Brookfield Hotel Properties

2018: Hugh Roth, '87, PepsiCo Global Food Service

2017 : John Metz, Jr. '90, Sterling Hospitality

2016: Tom Martini '88, Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh Hotel

2015: Bill Kohl ’85, Greenwood Hospitality Group

2014: Tom Smith ’82, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

2013: Debbie Ulrich ’77, Sysco Central Pennsylvania

2012: Ted Farrand ’71, Cini-Little International, Inc.

2011: Bruce Thomas ’80, Geisinger Health Systems

2010: Dave Scypinski ’77, Conference Direct

2009: Lea Ann Kish ’87, Milestone Hospitality

2008: Ed Book, Jr. ’79, Marriott

2007: Bill Kidd ’87, Host Hotels and Resorts

2006: Joe McCann ’78, Optimum Hotel Brokerage

2005: Bart Bartlett ’76, Penn State School of Hospitality Management

2004: Jim Purdum ’75, Penn State Hospitality Services

2003: Tom Ruff ’77, Biltmore Resort

2002: Ed Brown ‘58

2001: Franco Harris ’72 Super Bakery

2000: Harvey Kamp ‘70

1999: Darlene Brady ’75, Disney

1998:  Jim Moore ‘57


Alumni Industry Achievement Award icon-olus-circle


  • Graduate of any Penn State hospitality program and received a degree more than ten years ago
  • Demonstrates consistent career progression and leadership in their job in the hospitality industry
  • Had a leadership role in a community service organization through company-sponsored events or personal pursuits

Past Recipients


Joe Bocherer, ‘96, Chief Commercial Officer, George World Congress Center

Jill Ferguson, ‘98, Associate Vice President - Conference and Registration, Mortgage Bankers Association

Dan Stone, ‘99, Chief Operating and Development Officer, Front Burner Brands


Sarah Cannon-Foster '86, Vice President, HR, Global Business Transformation, Walgreens Boots Alliance

Gregg Caren '84, President and CEO, Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau

Gail Frazer '91, Vice President, Global Sales, Corporate Accounts, Marriott International


Tim Colligan ‘86, Oracle Hospitality
Glenn Lewis ‘77, Marriott International
Jay Lynn ‘89


Jamie Moore, '96, Eat'n Park Hospitality Group
Jack Moyer, '89, 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa
John Rubino, '86, Interstate Hotels and Resorts


Bart Berkey '89, Marriott International
Doug Gehret '92, Hilton Worldwide
Marc Goldberg '84, Compass Organization


Rob Carl `85, Felcor Lodging Trust, Inc.
Nina Doumani `89, Marriott International
Heather Seasholtz `98, Talley Management Group


Richard Budney '85, Sodexo
Daniel Entenberg '01, Gramercy Park Hotel
Rob Tannenbaum '89, DiamondRock Hospitality Group

Emerging Professional Undergraduate Award icon-olus-circle


  • Graduated within the last 10 years from Penn State from a hospitality bachelor’s degree program
  • Actively participates in various activities, either with Penn State or PSHRS
  • Demonstrates consistent career progression and leadership in their job in the hospitality industry
  • Documented community service through company-sponsored events or personal pursuits

Past Recipients


Aidan Aktouf, ‘12, Area Manager, Expedia Group

Dan Palella, ‘12, Director of National Marketing, Aria Casino and Resort (MGM Resorts)

Jose Preza, ‘14, University Recruiting Technology and Operations Lead, Danaher Corp.

Megan Taylor, ‘13, General Manager, The Kinney San Luis Obispo (Pacifica Hotels), Tapestry Collection by Hilton

MJ Worsham, ‘11, Director of Restaurant Technology, Five Guys Enterprises


Abby Estevez '13, Senior Luxury Travel Sales Manager, Conrad New York Midtown

Justin George '10, Director of Operations, Peak Beverage

Felicia Kelly '15, Food & Beverage Manager, Operations Support Services, Marriott International

Yaheng Li '16, Product Design and Brand Standards Director, Radisson RED (China), Jinjiang International

Samantha Moore '12, Senior Director, Meetings and Education, American Bakers Association

Juliana Titon '14, Chief Operating Officer and Owner, Spedini Trattoria and It's Grill, Brazil


Daniel Brauer, ‘14, Marriott International

Megan Kehler ‘10, Hilton

Meredith Ortals, ‘13, Great American Restaurants

Kayla Shull ’11, Ecolab

John Ventura, ‘13, Convene


Patrick Keenan, '08, B.F. Saul Company Hospitality Group
Danielle Marulla, '12, The Club at Park Avenue by Convene
Micah Smith, '08, Courtyard by Marriott Arlington Rosslyn (Marriott International)
Sara Quinteros-Fernandez, '09, University of Maryland Medical Center
Tim Vogelbacker, '12, Marriott International


Melissa Navarro '12, Expedia Inc.
Don Pearse '11, Ecolab
Maci Schau '12, Hilton Revenue Management Consolidated Center
Allison Stuebing '10, Hillstone Restaurant Group


Jessica Byars `10, Potbelly Sandwich Shop
Emily Johnson `06, Korman Communities
Aparna Kuckreja `10, Marriott International
Rudy Lasher `06, CulinArt Group


Chris Talley '09, Aramark
Deborah Surden '05, Expedia
Dana Katz '09, Host Hotels & Resorts
April Judy '08, Candlewood Suites (IHG)


Ashley Akright '09, Gaylord Hotels ( Marriott International)
Catherine Kruegler '09, Shack Shake (Union Square Hospitality Group)
Jack Lindemuth '04, Kimpton Hotels
Justine Schmider '07, Pappas Restaurants


Dant Hirsch '03, St. Regis (Starwood Hotels & Resorts)
Alexandra Barton '06, Spiaggia (Levy Restaurants)
Katy Goldin '09, Vista Host


Chris Edwards '06, Potbelly Sandwich Works
Leighan Blaede '03, IHG
Ryan Spear Ritz '02, Carlton


Leigh Silkunas '08, Kimpton Hotels
Michael Pajak '06, Hilton Worldwide


Shannon Egan '07, Marriott International
Marcello Khattar '04, Four Seasons
Chris Schubert '05, W Hotel
Shawn Smith '02, JBG Companies


Jason Bayona '05, W Hotel
Ed Buttacavoli '03, ARAMARK
Amy Miller '04, Restaurant Associates
Julie Muchoney '99, Doubletree


Lawrence Hartman '98, Micros
Ryan Chrissis '99, Pinnacle Entertainment
Anna Berdel '00, ARAMARK
Jonathon Zottola '03, Vista Host


Steve Morgan '04, Interstate Hotels & Resorts
Josh Crandall '99, Cura Hospitality
Samantha Shaeffer '98, Marriott Hotels
Ryan Spear '02, Ritz Carlton


Leon Rimmey '02, Marriott Hotels
Jamie Moore '96, Eat'n Park
Amber Hartman '04, Hillstone Restaurant Group
Julius Ridgley '03, Eat'n Park


Eudora Wu '96, Ritz Carlton
Allison Menges '96, ARAMARK
Ben Shank '00, Four Seasons
William Yahr '01, Ritz Carlton


Matt Hummer Sheraton '01, Manhattan Hotel
Jennifer Leonard '94, Marriott Hotels
William McClintock '99, Marriott Hotels
Jessica Park '96, ARAMARK


Trevor Clark '98, Marriott Hotels
Aden King '97, Phillips Foods and Seafood Restaurant
Jennifer Tracy '95, ARAMARK


Carrie Jankowski '98, Marriott


Jamie Decker '97, NBC Universal, Orlando
Elizabeth Winstanley '97, Waldorf Astoria

Emerging Professional Graduate Award icon-olus-circle


  • Graduated within the last 10 years from Penn State from a hospitality graduate degree program
  • Actively participates in various activities, either with Penn State or PSHRS
  • Demonstrates consistent career progression and leadership in their job in the hospitality industry
  • Documented community service through company-sponsored events or personal pursuits

Past Recipients


Alei Fan, Ph.D., ’16, Assistant Professor, School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, Purdue University


Choongbeom(CB) Choi '15, Assistant Professor, Sejong University


Landie Qiu, ‘13, Revenue Management Systems an Accelya Group Company


Sean McGinley, '15, Florida State University


Lydia Hanks '12 , Hospitality Management, Florida State University


Nan Hua `07, Rosen College of Hospitality Management, University of Central Florida


Qu Xiao ’07, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University


Li Miao ’08, Purdue University


Amrik Singh ’04, University of Denver


Coren Burton ’04, Hershey

Seoki Lee ’06, Penn State


Suksan Ruanpattana ’04, Cozy Thai

Peeranee Musigchai ’04, Cozy Thai


Jeff Heim ’99, Penn State


Hae Moon Oh ’97, UMASS


Andrew Hale Feinstein ’99, UNLV


Ki Joon Bak ’01, Univ. of Houston


William Frye ’01, Niagara University


Dr. John Williams ’98, University of New Orleans


Adam Golomb ’99, Eat n Park

Hospitality Executive of the Year icon-olus-circle


  • Must be part of the Executive Team of the Company Regardless of Size of Company.   
  • Nominee has participated, led or executed a merger, acquisition, New Concept within the Hospitality Industry or in some way contributed to the evolution of the industry. Nominee has shaped the industry in some meaningful way, enhancing the industry’s profile & reputation, providing exemplary leadership, achieving performance (service/guest satisfaction, profitability) that transcends the ordinary, responsible for innovations that transform an organization and/or industry segment and gives back to their communities.
  • Actively participates in various activities either with their alma mater or via their company’s activities at Universities or Colleges.

Past Recipients

2020/21: Chris Nassetta, President and CEO, Hilton
2019: Dawn Sweeney, National Restaurant Association, President and Chief Executive Officer
2018:  Arne M. Sorenson, Marriott International, Inc., President and Chief Executive Officer
2017:  Leland C. Pillsbury, Thayer Lodging Group, Co-Founder and Chairman
2015: Jon Luther, Arby's Restaurant Group, Chairman
2014: Michael Leven, Las Vegas Sands Corporation, President & COO
2013: Jim Abrahamson, Interstate Hotels & Resorts, CEO
2012: Steve Rushmore, HVS, Chairman and Founder
2011: Randy Smith, STR, Chairman & co-Founder
2010: Roger Dow, U.S. Travel Association, President and CEO
2009: Niki Leondakis, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, President and COO
2008: Andrew Kerin, ARAMARK, President
2007: Tom Giannopoulos, Micros, Chairman and CEO
2006: Richard Schnieders, Sysco, CEO
2005: Jim Broadhurst, Eat'n Park, Chairman and CEO
2004: Robert Cotter, Starwood Hotels and Resort, President and COO
2003: Denise Fugo, Sammy's, Chairman and CEO
2002: Al Schuman, Ecolab, Chairman and CEO
2001: Michael Landel, Sodexo, President and CEO
2000: Mariyln Carlson Nelson, Carlson Worldwide, CEO
1999: Skip Hartman, Loews, Vice President and Managing Director
1997: Joseph Neubauer, ARAMARK, CEO
1996: Henry Silverman, Cendant Corporation, CEO
1995: Herman Cain, Godfather's Pizza, CEO
1994: Ray Schultz, Promus Hotel Corporation, Chairman and CEO
1993: John Farquharson, The International Food Safety Council, President
1992: Elaine Etess, Elaine G. Etess Associates, President
1991: Michael Hurst, 15th Street Fisheries and Boathouse, Owner
1990: Steven Reinemund, Pizza Hut Worldwide, President and CEO
1989: Carl Mottek, Hilton Hotels Corporation, President
1988: William Hulett, Stouffer Hotel Company, President
1987: J.W. Marriott, Jr., Marriott International, Chairman and CEO
1986: Michael Rose, Darden, Director
1985: Robert Richards, Seabreeze Restaurant, Owner
1984: Edward Book, Hershey Entertainment and Resorts, Chairman and CEO
1983: Richard Holtzman
1982: Howard James, Sheraton Corporation, President and CEO
1981: Walter Conti, Conti Cross Keys Inn, Owner
1980: Richard Benefield, Hotel Magee, General Manager
1979: Grace Buscher, Coco Palms Resort Hotel, General Manager
1978: Alphonse Salomone, Hilton Hotels Corporation, Senior Vice President
1977: Thomas Lennon, The Homestead, President
1976: Chef Louis Szathmary, The Bakery, Chef & Restaurant Owner
1975: James McLamore, Burger King Corporation, Board Chairman
1975: Harry Mullikin, Western International Hotels (Westin Hotels & Resorts), Chairman and CEO
1974: James Bobb, Hershey Estates, President
1973: William Fishman, ARA Services, Inc., President
1972: Howard Johnson, Howard Johnson CO., Chairman of the Board
1971: George Washko, Marriott Hotels, Inc., Regional Vice President
1970: Edmond Leach
1969: Barron Hilton, Hilton Hotels , President and Chairman of the Board
1968: Preston Robert Tisch, Loews Hotel Corporation, President
1967: J.W. Marriott, Jr., Marriott Corporation, President
1966: Stuart Kines, Marriott Motor Inn, Rochester, NY, General Manager
1965: James Johnson
1964: Charles A.B. Heinze, Allenberry Resort Inn and Playhouse, President
1961: Milton Fritsche, Horn and Hardart, President
1960: M.C. Matty Mateer, Hotel State College, Managing Partner
Lifetime Achievement Award icon-olus-circle


Hospitality executives who have been pioneers in the hospitality industry, individuals who have enjoyed long and successful careers. The award pays tribute to individuals who have had an impact on the hospitality industry, on their community and have achieved national recognition for their endeavors. Recipients are persons of great moral character and individuals of high integrity and have made significant contributions to professional hospitality education.


2017:  Ray Schultz
2012: Ned Book
2005: Walter Conti
1998: Kemmons Wilson
1997: Chef Louis Szathmary
1995: Richard Benefield
1992: Frank Wangeman
Honorary Lifetime Members icon-olus-circle

Joanne Budge

Melanie Miles

Maggie Crispell

For more information about PSHRS Alumni Awards, please contact:

Pat Howley, Director of Industry & Alumni Relations |