Hall of Fame Inductees


Tim McEnery (RHI '98)


Tim McEnery graduated from Purdue University in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in Restaurant, Hotel, Institutional, and Tourism Management. Since that time, Tim has built one of the fastest-growing lifestyle brands in the United States.

Tim began his storied career in hospitality at age 11 as a dishwasher, then worked his way up the ranks, holding positions at Lynfred Winery and Aramark before launching Cooper’s Hawk at 29 years old. Cooper’s Hawk, known for its unique Napa-style tasting rooms and upscale casual dining, has now grown to nearly 50 locations in 11 states.

With a mission to enrich lives and create memorable experiences centered around food and wine, Cooper’s Hawk has gained a loyal following of over 500,000 wine club members, the largest in the world. The company’s community-focused culture has made Cooper’s Hawk a competitive operation with more than 6,000 employees.

Tim’s leadership was instrumental in earning Cooper’s Hawk a spot on Wine Business Monthly’s “30 Largest U.S. Wineries” list, as well as features in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, and many other industry and business publications. Tim is best known for making the world of wine approachable and accessible to everyday consumers. Under Tim’s guidance, Cooper’s Hawk crafts 12 limited-edition Wines of the Month each year, along with more than 60 award-winning artisanal wine varietals. The brand has been the official wine partner of the Screen Actors Guild Awards, earning coverage in leading lifestyle publications like Variety, People, Entertainment Tonight, and Access Hollywood. It is this reputation that has allowed the brand to cultivate relationships with iconic winemakers like Francis Ford Coppola and Jean-Charles Boisset; culinary and pop-culture elite such as Zac Brown and John Legend; and renowned chefs including Tyler Florence, Richard Blais, Fabio Viviani, and Tom Colicchio.

Tim has earned a variety of accolades, including Crain’s Chicago Business’ “40 Under 40”, Ernst & Young’s “Midwest Entrepreneur of the Year”, Wine Enthusiast’s “Innovator of the Year” global finalist, HR.com’s LEAD Award for “Outstanding Work in Corporate Leadership”, and FSR’s Reader’s Choice Award for “Founder Extraordinaire”.

A lifelong, learner Tim is a Certified Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers. Tim is constantly scouring books, trade journals, and industry publications to improve and innovate his business. When he’s not busy growing Cooper’s Hawk, he spends his time cooking with his fiancée and kids, enjoying great food with friends, discovering unique wines, staying active, and traveling the globe in search of innovative ideas to bring to Wine Club members.


Ellyn Shook (RHI '85)


Ellyn Shook is Accenture’s chief leadership & human resources officer, responsible for helping nearly 500,000 people of Accenture succeed both professionally and personally. Her global team of HR leaders and experts is re-imagining leadership and talent practices to create the most truly human work environment in the digital age, fueling Accenture’s own digital transformation, differentiation in the market, and ability to improve the way the world works and lives.

A member of Accenture’s Global Management Committee and Investment Committee, Ellyn is a strong advocate for inclusion and diversity and Accenture has been widely recognized externally as an employer of choice and for its diversity efforts.

A recognized thought leader and author on the topics of future of work and inclusion and diversity, Ellyn is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shaper Community Foundation Board, the Women’s Leadership Board of the Women and Public Policy program at Harvard’s Kennedy School, and the steering committee of Paradigm for Parity. She also serves on the HR Policy Association’s Board of Directors and is an active member of the HR50 division of World50.

Ellyn joined Accenture in 1988 and became a partner in 2003. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in RHI (1985) from Purdue University.


Brad Cohen


Brad Cohen is the Executive Vice President and Co-Owener of Arni's Restaurants, with his  brother Kurt.

Cohen has been a resident of West Lafayette for most of his life. He graduated from West Lafayette High School in 1983 and studied mathematics education at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

After graduation in 1988, Cohen worked for a startup computer company and was a sales manager for The Concourse Hotel in Madison, Wisconsin. In 1992, he returned to Lafayette to head up the franchising of Arni’s Restaurants.

Cohen is married to Ann Conkle Cohen, and they have two children, Jake, 23, and Sarah, 21.

Cohen enjoys playing and coaching softball, football, basketball and baseball while also serving on many community boards and organizations. Currently, he serves as president of Temple Israel, is a founding               member of the West Lafayette School Education Foundation, and a long-standing member of North              Central Health Services Board of Directors. He also is on the West Lafayette Police Merit Commission,                  actively involved with Purdue’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, and is on the Board                      of the Indiana Restaurant and Lodging Association.


Barb Frazee

Barb FrazeeBarb Frazee has been a champion for improving the student experience at Purdue University since graduating from the university in 1981 with a degree in restaurant, hotel and institutional management (now Hospitality and Tourism Management). She has spent her entire professional career at the University, impacting students through various positions in Housing and Food Services and the Division of Student Life. She also continues to support the HTM program by serving on its Strategic Alliance Council.

Frazee has been an advocate for the advancement of women students and women’s issues. She received the Helen B. Schleman Gold Medallion from the Barbara Cook Chapter of the Mortar Board at Purdue. She also received the 2013-14 Violet Haas Award, becoming one of the few non-faculty members to earn the distinction. She was recognized with a Special Boilermaker Award from the Purdue Alumni Association in 2008 and is an honorary member of the Order of the Iron Key and Purdue Reamer Club.

Among Frazee's accomplishments as executive director of University Residences are the establishment of UR Global in 2008, a program that promotes an inclusive residential experience for first-year international students; and the founding of the Women’s Leadership Series in 2009 and Men's Leadership Series in 2017, both of which foster leadership opportunities for Purdue students. Creating opportunities for all students to find their own voices and identities is a key component of her University work.

Frazee and her husband, Chris, who works for Information Technology at Purdue, have two children.

Scott Haner

Scott Haner has led a

Scott Haner

 life of excellence in leadership and service ever since he entered Purdue University. He received a bachelor's degree in 1979 from the Department of Restaurant, Hotel and Institutional Management (now the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management). He received the Arthur Packard Hotel Scholarship for two years as well as the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association Scholarship. He was President of the RHI Society, the largest student organization in the department. 

Haner spent 23 years in a variety of positions with KFC and YUM! Brands, Inc. The positions he held were vice president of new franchise recruitment, vice president of emerging concepts, director of marketing and concept development, among others. His recruiting efforts led to Yum! Brands receiving the International Franchise Association's Ronald Harrison Diversity Award in 2013.

Haner also became a certified franchise executive and served on the IFA Board of Directors and the Franchisor Forum Advisory Board.

Before KFC and Yum!, he worked for three years in brand management and new product development for General Mills, and then for five years was director of marketing and international sales for Jobe’s Fertilizer Spikes.

Haner is married to another RHI alum, JoAnn Haas. They have two daughters, Julie and Lauren.

Haner has retired from Yum! but he hasn't retired from an active life. Haner's focus now is to give back to society through active volunteerism and philanthropy. He is a permanent deacon in the Roman Catholic Church and he also serves on multiple nonprofit Boards. 


Cynthia Lett

Cynthia Lett

Cynthia Lett (BS, ‘79) was raised in Bethesda, Maryland, where she learned U.S. and international diplomacy by observation and participation. After earning degrees in hotel and restaurant management and public relations from Purdue University, she earned a master’s degree in legal studies from Antioch School of Law in Washington, D.C. In 1983, she developed an international meeting planning consultancy, which took her to 102 countries planning United States participation in world congresses and other international meetings.

Lett used her knowledge of protocol and etiquette as protocol chief for MCI Telecommunications and as director of The Lett Group. In 2005, she started, and continues to run, the International Society of Protocol and Etiquette Professionals, which is the only international certification provider in the industry. She taught business protocol at The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs for seven years. She continues to teach seminars and speaks on the subjects of business and social etiquette and international protocol

Lett has made a big impact in many different aspects of our industry and continues to do so, according to Joseph Ismail, associate professor of HTM, who has known her for over 30 years.

Lett’s first book was “America’s 50 Best Inns,” followed by “Great Inns of America,” both written while she was director at Great Inns of America. Her current book, “Modern Civility,” is on the Amazon Best Seller List and is also No. 20 on the list of iBooks in the United States.

She lives in the Washington, D.C. area with her husband and son.

Chef Hubert Schmieder

Chef Hubert SchmiederChef Hubert Schmieder began his culinary career in 1944. That’s when his father took him to Stuttgart, Germany, where he started a three-year apprenticeship program. He was 14 at the time. Since this was in the middle of the war, Schmieder’s training lasted less than anticipated because his school was destroyed. In 1946, he had the good fortune to land a job as a cook in an officer’s club in the camps of the American Army of Occupation. While there, he picked up English and learned about managing a kitchen and cooking.

After working in both Germany and Switzerland, he was eventually sponsored by the Marott Hotel (Indianapolis) and came to the United States in 1956 when he was 26.

Prior to becoming the first chef in Purdue’s Restaurant, Hotel and Institutional Management program, Schmieder held numerous culinary positions.

While at Purdue, he cooked for many high-profile events and dignitaries, including Neil Armstrong, Purdue alumnus and the first person to walk on the moon.

Schmieder was also instrumental in working with the ostrich industry to promote new recipes using ostrich meat in the United States.

In 2013, he became a member of the hall of fame of the Indiana Restaurant and Lodging Association. In 2016, the World Association of Chefs Societies honored Schmieder with its President Special Award for his career.

“A chef is craftsman who can take birds from the sky, and fish and crustaceans from the rivers and oceans, and all the eatable goods the good Lord has put on this planet and transform them into innovative, nutritional meals that sustain life,” Schmieder says.


Steve Bauman

Steve Bauman

Steve Bauman had a 20-year career in the U.S. Army, and served in Vietnam as well as in units in Europe. In addition, he taught at West Point and worked with the U.S. Congress on human resources issues before joining Marriott International in 1990. He initially served as director of program development (training) for Marriott Hotels, Resorts and Suites. He developed Total Quality Management programs, executive education programs and the division’s performance management system.

Bauman was promoted in 1994 to director of career management, recruiting and immigration services — a position in which he led efforts in talent management, workforce planning performance management and career management. In 1998 he became vice president of management staffing and development and led teams for the next 14 years that were focused on talent assessment, university relations and college recruiting, global property general managers and area staffing, in addition to others.

Bauman has a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of North Dakota and a master’s degree in English from Indiana University. He retired from Marriott in 2012 and lives with his wife in Woodbridge, Virginia; they have three adult children. When notified of this honor, he said “It has been both professionally and personally rewarding for me to serve and work with Purdue’s internationally renowned School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. It’s rare for anyone to work with one outstanding brand in a lifetime; however, I was blessed by working with two . . . Marriott International and Purdue University."

Richard Eisenbarth

Richard Eisenbarth

Richard Eisenbarth received a Bachelor of Science from Purdue University in Hospitality and Tourism Management when it was RHIT. He joined Cini-Little in 1977 and has spent most of his career with the company. He is now president and COO.  During his career with the company, Eisenbarth has held many senior positions managing complicated design projects in hotels and resorts, sports stadiums, theme parks, corporate dining and other areas. He is known for his design of dynamic, resourceful and efficient food and beverage facilities worldwide. He has received numerous industry awards, such as Life Fellow of Foodservice Research Innovation Network and Distinguished Purdue HTM Alumni, and has served as a judge to the NRA. Eisenbarth has served on the School of Hospitality and Tourism’s Strategic Advisory Council for many years as well as on the board for the University of Central Florida. He resides in Jacksonville, Florida, with his wife, and has two adult children and a granddaughter.



Joseph J. Cioch

Joseph J. CiochJoseph J. Cioch was Head of the Department of Restaurant, Hotel and Institutional Management at Purdue from 1974 to 1986.  When Joe came to Purdue the RHI department had just changed its name. It was previously known as Institutional Administration (IA), and was located in the School of Home Economics.  Joe was charged with making the Purdue community aware of the change and for bringing national prominence to the program.

Dr. Cioch arrived after having earned his Ph.D at Penn State University. When he came to Purdue there were less than 100 students in the RHI department and it was an uphill struggle to gain credibility on a campus known for engineering and agriculture. Joe had a vision to build the department into one of the top programs in the country and set about making it happen.

By the mid 1980’s  RHI enrollment had reached 1,000 students and classes were overflowing.  Dr. Cioch recruited faculty from around the United States and the world to serve the growing number of students. His strongest suit was that he knew how to go after the best people, and to let them do what they do best.  The groundwork that Joe laid eventually led to the department being ranked number 1 in the country.  Dr. Cioch was a tremendous proponent for the industry and helped establish the RHI Management Institute which was engaged in industry studies all over the country.  Also, he helped countless students achieve their career goals and dreams through his contacts.

Dr. Cioch left Purdue in 1986 to become the Dean of the Conrad Hilton College of Hotel Administration in Houston, and later went on to serve as Dean at the California Culinary Academy.  Dr. Cioch passed away in 2008 but his contributions to the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management live on.

Hoyt Jones

Hoy JonesHoyt Jones is President of Jersey Mike’s Subs, a sub sandwich franchise with 1,500 stores open and under development nationwide. Started at the Jersey Shore in 1956, Jersey Mike’s serves authentic fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs on fresh baked bread – the same recipe it started with nearly 60 years ago - and has a long history of community involvement and support.

Since Hoyt joined in late 2007, Jersey Mike’s has more than tripled the amount of restaurants open in the U.S. For two years running, Jersey Mike’s has been the #1 fastest growing chain in the country, according to Nation’s Restaurant News Top 100 (2014 & 2015). 

A recipient of many awards during his career, Hoyt brings a deep understanding of both the franchisor and franchisee perspective. In his more than 30 years in the quick serve restaurant industry, he has done it all from working behind the counter as a past multi-unit Domino’s Pizza franchisee to being responsible for several thousand franchise stores as Executive Vice President of U.S. Franchise Operations for the pizza chain.

Hoyt graduated from Purdue University with a Master’s degree in hospitality and tourism management and, three years later, with a PhD in Education. He was an associate professor at his alma mater, teaching marketing and purchasing. In 2004, Purdue University's School of Consumer and Family Sciences recognized Hoyt and other alumni for their contributions to the school and for leadership within their professions.

Hoyt has been married to his wife, Joni, for more than 32 years, and they have three children, Mallory, Taylor, and Haley. Hoyt lives in Sea Girt, NJ.

Stein Kruse

Stein KruseStein Kruse is Chief Executive Officer for Holland America Group. He has full responsibility for Holland America Line, Princess Cruise lines, Seabourn, and Holland America Princess Tours. He joined Holland America in 1999 as Senior Vice President and in 2003 he was named President and Chief Operating Officer. Stein is responsible for 37 ships, 12 hotels/lodges, and thousands of employees who serve over 2 million guests per year.   Prior to his time with Holland America he held executive positions with Seven Seas Cruises and K Line, a Japanese Global Shipping Line.  

Stein received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the Department of Restaurant, Hotel and Institutional Management at Purdue University and is a graduate of the Harvard Business Schools Advanced Management Program.   He is a native of Oslo, Norway and currently lives in Bellevue, Washington.  Stein currently serves on the boards of the U.S. Coast Guard Foundation and the University Of Washington Foster School Of Business and he is on the advisory board for Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).


Sarah Palisi Chapin

Sarah ChapinMs. Sarah Palisi-Chapin is a 1984 graduate of the RHI Department. Currently, she is the chief executive officer and serves on the board of Hail Merry Snack Foods, a gluten-free, vegan, non-GMO snack and refrigerated dessert company and manufacturer. She has more than three decades of experience in the food service industry, including a comprehensive understanding of strategy, development, private equity enterprise growth, and strategy. Chapin began her career at Pizza Hut and later served as a vice president of worldwide business strategy with Burger King. She then served as CEO of Enersyst Development Center, an intellectual property, development and licensing company touching restaurant, vending, and food production industries. She is also a former officer of GrandMet and Pepsico, and has served on the boards of companies such as Jersey Mike’s, Lakeside Manufacturing, and Caribou Coffee. Chapin is committed to influencing how America eats by helping to make all natural products available on a broad scale. She is currently on her own organic and natural journey in a quest for improved health and wellness. Chapin, along with her partner and Hail Merry’s founder, Susan O’Brien, won the Ernest & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” award in the consumer product category for the Southwest region.

Sarah began her career in food retailing on the boardwalk of the Jersey Shore and fine dining restaurants, beachside. A graduate of Purdue, she managed restaurants while putting herself thru school, interning as a designate for Disney EPCOT and American Airlines, after serving as the GM for a campus Noble Roman’s. Her career hallmark has been innovation and pioneering the creation of the food industry’s first miniature express cooking kiosks to retail in airports, stadiums, offices and universities. In her years of public and private food company board of director work, she has focused on accelerating new product expansion and commercialization, as well as capital sourcing for growth. Sarah was also previously head of food and packaging globally for a $6 billion fast food restaurant chain. She truly understands the food supply chain.

James Dora Sr

James DoraJames Dora Sr is currently Chairman of the Board of General Hotels. He is a 1958 graduate of Purdue University and received an honorary degree from HTM in 2006. James Dora was instrumental in setting up the first endowed professorship in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, the CB Smith Professorship, which was named after one of Mr. Dora’s mentors. In addition, Mr. Dora contributed to the construction of Marriott Hall and the large demonstration classroom is named after him: The Dora Auditorium.

Mr. Dora, along with his late brother Robert, opened the Holiday Inn in Terre Haute, Indiana in 1962 as the first of many Holiday Inns (and other hotels). One of their properties, the Crown Plaza at Union Station, Indianapolis has received numerous awards. Mr. Dora has also been involved in the development and operation of numerous properties under the InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Group, Hilton and Marriott Brands. His properties have consistently garnered top awards for design and/or service excellence. Dora was a past president of the International Association of Holiday Inns Worldwide, and a past member of the Capital Improvement Board of Managers, serving as president from 1985 to 1993.

Mr. Dora remains actively involved in the Indianapolis community and continues to serve on business and civic boards. He was a board member of the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, American United Life Insurance Co. and Educational Choice Charitable Trust. Mr. Dora has volunteered for a variety of organizations over the years and was vice chairman of Vision 21, Purdue University’s $325 million fund-raising campaign, and he is a past chairman of the university’s President Council. He has also been involved with the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee, Indiana State Chamber of Commerce, and the 500 Festival board.

Raphael Kavanaugh

Raphael KavanaughRaphael Kavanaugh was professor and head of the department of Hospitality and Tourism at Purdue University for 11 years. During his time at Purdue, Ray was instrumental in securing the funding which led to the building of the new home for HTM, Marriott Hall. Also, he was head when the department received its first #1 ranking in hospitality programs in the United States. Professor Kavanaugh received a doctorate of educational psychology from Temple Univ., a master's degree from Ball State Univ. and a bachelor's degree from Coe College in Iowa, where he was named an Alumni of Merit.

Before his tenure at Purdue, Dr. Kavanaugh also held academic positions at the Univ. of Central Florida, Florida State and Oklahoma State. He also served as director of human resources for Red Lobster Restaurants Inc. and was the vice president of product development with the Educational Institute of American Hotel and Lodging Assoc. He was a Conti Distinguished Professor at Penn State University and a founding fellow of the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Foundation. Dr. Kavanaugh was named by the National Restaurant Association to be on the Hospitality Educators Advisory Council. He served as President of CHRIE in 1999. He was awarded the Mihael E. Hurst Lifetime Achievement in Education Award, the Anthony G. Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award and multiple other awards for educational contributions. Dr. Kavanaugh was the author of more than 90 publications in the industry. He was a member of Lafayette Rotary Club and was a Captain in the United States Air Force, serving from 1968 to 1972. He is survived by his wife, Judy Rechberger and their two sons, Ryan and Quinn, who followed in their father’s footsteps and have careers in restaurant management.

Lee M. Kruel

Lee KruelLee M. Kreul joined the Purdue faculty as an Assistant Professor in RHI in 1975, was promoted to Associate Professor in 1979 and Professor in 1984. Lee served as Department Head of RHI from 1987-1997. During that time RHI became RHIT. In total, he served on the faculty from 1975-2002. In 2005 he retired as Professor Emeritus. Lee and his wife, Carol, now reside on Lake Freeman in Monticello, IN.

At Purdue, Lee taught financial management and accounting. He is the author of five books, three book chapters, seventeen professional articles, and many research publications on hospitality and tourism management. His research was quoted or featured in such popular media as the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio (NPR), and the Chicago Tribune. His tenure at Purdue also included yearlong service as a visiting professor at colleges in Malaysia and New Zealand. He served on advisory and examining boards for HTM programs in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Nepal and India. During his time as Head of the Department, RHI gained national prominence and moved into the ranks of one of the most highly respected hospitality programs in the country.

Prior to coming to Purdue University, Professor Kreul was the General Manager at a resort in West Virginia, a controller with Hilton Hotels, worked for Merrill Lynch for five years and was in the US Navy for four years. Professor Kreul received his MBA from Michigan State University in Hospitality and Tourism Management, and his Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from Wayne State University.

During his tenure at Purdue, Professor Kreul instigated the implementation of a new Ph.D. program. Professor Kreul served as a consultant for major hospitality industry companies such as Sea World, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and the American Hotel & Motel Association. Professor Kreul was also a major proponent of internationalizing the department through development of the department’s Study Abroad program and Exchange programs with schools in Malaysia.

He is presently serving as a Board member and Immediate Past President of the Rotary Club of Monticello. He is also currently Public Relations Director and Past President of the non-profit Shafer and Freeman Lakes Environmental Conservation Corporation (SFLECC). His past community service experience also includes serving as West Lafayette Community Development Committee Chairman, and Redevelopment Commissioner.

Lee currently enjoys serving his community, golfing, boating, traveling internationally, and visiting his family. Lee and Carol have three grandchildren. His daughter Stacey Rowland and son Jason Kreul both graduated from Purdue in HTM and are successful hospitality industry executives in Las Vegas (Mandalay Bay) and Cincinnati (Winegardner and Hammons Inc.) respectively.


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.

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