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2014 Hall of Fame Inductees

Bill Edmundson

Bruce EdmundsonMr. Bill Edmundson is a 1962 Purdue graduate in Institutional Management (now HTM).  Bill has spent over fifty years in all aspects of the food and beverage industry starting with serving in the Navy as an Officer’s Club manager.  He then managed food service operations for the Fred Harvey Company in Las Vegas, St. Louis and Cleveland. He has also worked in contract food services and served as a Vice President of Operations for both Greyhound Food Management and the Ogden Corporation. He spent fifteen years at ARAMARK where he served as President of three different operating Divisions. He left ARAMARK to join The Wood Company, a regional food service contract company, as President and Chief Executive Officer. Later he became a Partner at Tenacity Incorporated, a consulting firm specializing in client retention management processes for large service companies where he retired in 2010.  Bill has spoken numerous times over the last twenty-five years to the HTM classes at Purdue and has served as a member of the Department’s Strategic Alliance Committee since its inception.  In 1986 he was honored as a Purdue Old Master and in 2008 as a Distinguished Alumni of the College of Consumer and Family Sciences. He served on the Steering Committee for the Chicago Campaign as part of The Campaign for Purdue and was very active in fund raising for the new Marriott Hall.


Dann Finn

Dann FinnMr. Dan Finn is a 1972 Purdue Grad in BS Industrial Management. Dan was with Marriott International for 26 years; his last position was that of Vice President of Global Human Resources Business Process Management. In that role, he supported the outsourced Human Resource Help Desk and technology. He has been a Guest Lecturer at Purdue University for over 25 years, and has received the “Recipient of Friend of Purdue University Award.” He also supported the effort to secure $100k in funding for Marriott Hall along with Roy Beaumont and created Friends of Marriott - Marriott employees with ties to Purdue University. Since March 2011, Dan Finn has been the Executive Director of Human Resources for the Archdiocese of Washington.



Bill Marriott

Bill MarriottMr. Bill Marriott, Chairman and CEO of Marriott Hotel, has taken the Marriott Company to 3700 hotels located in 73 countries and territories with over 300,000 employees. His contributions to the hospitality industry are legendary. He is considered a lodging innovator and was responsible for shifting the company’s business model from hotel ownership to property management and franchising. Marriott Intl is consistently named to the list of Forbes most admired companies. He served on the Board of Trustees of the National Geographic Society, as director of the United States Naval Academy Foundation, chairman of the President’s Export Council (PEC) and a member of the Secure Borders Open Doors Advisory Committee (SBODAC) and the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board (TTAB). Mr. Marriott attended St. Albans School in Washington, D.C., earned a B.S. degree in banking and finance from the University of Utah and served as an officer in the United States Navy. Mr. Marriott also holds an honorary doctorate from Purdue University.


Bruce White

Bruce WhiteMr. Bruce White is the founder, Chairman, & Chief Executive Officer of White Lodging, a fully integrated developer, owner and manager of premium brand hotels. The portfolio of the company has grown to over 160 hotels in 20 states. In 2006 Mr. White was the catalyst on a 1.7 billion dollar portfolio sale to RLJ Development. The company currently employs 9,000 associates who deliver industry leading results for affiliated hotel company brand partners, including: Marriott International, Inc., Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt Global, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Preferred Hotel Group and InterContinental Hotel Group. Mr. White is an active and highly regarded leader and advocate for numerous hospitality, business, and civic organizations. He is a member of the Purdue University Board of Trustees and was recently honored with a lifetime achievement award by the Indiana Hotel and Lodging Association. He is a graduate of Purdue University, the Harvard Graduate School of Business O.P.M. Program and is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration in Hospitality Management from Johnson & Wales. He serves on the advisory council for Starwood Hotels and is part Charter President of the Courtyard by Marriott Advisory Board.