A. L. (Tom) Giannopoulos Named 2007 Hospitality Executive of the Year by Penn State Hotel and Restaurant Society
October 29, 2007
MICROS Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MCRS), a leading provider of information technology solutions for the hospitality and retail industries, is pleased to announce that A. L. (Tom) Giannopoulos, Chairman, President, & CEO, MICROS Systems, Inc., has been named the 2007 Hospitality Executive of the Year by the Penn State Hotel and Restaurant Society. Mr. Giannopoulos will receive the award during the 46th Hospitality Executive of the Year Award Dinner on Sunday, November 11, at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers. As part of the honor, Mr. Giannopoulos will also be inducted into the Penn State Hospitality Hall of Fame, located at the Nittany Lion Inn on the University Park campus.
The Penn State Hotel and Restaurant Society (PSHRS) was created in 1948 by alumni and friends of the School of Hospitality Management (SHM) in Penn State’s College of Health and Human Development. PSHRS and the school created the Hospitality Executive of the Year Award in 1960 to honor individuals who exemplify the successful leadership characteristics that the School of Hospitality Management strives to both instill in students and convey to alumni and colleagues.
“It is rare that we are able to recognize an executive who has had a profound effect on both the hotel and restaurant industries,” stated David Scypinski, Senior Vice President, Industry Relations, for Starwood Hotels and Resorts and President of the PSHRS. “Tom’s leadership of MICROS Systems, has served to continuously provide the entire hospitality industry with innovative technologies that allow our businesses to operate with greater efficiency and we are delighted to have Tom become a member of the Penn State Hospitality Hall of Fame.”
“I am extremely honored to be recognized by the prestigious Penn State Hotel and Restaurant Society,” stated Tom Giannopoulos. “MICROS and its employees strive for excellence everyday. I share this recognition with the dedicated employees who continue to make MICROS a leader in the industry.”
“Mr. Giannopoulos joins an impressive list of Hospitality Executives at Penn State's School of Hospitality Management,” said Bert Van Hoof, Director of the School of Hospitality Management. Last year’s award recipient was Richard J. Schnieders, chairman, chief executive officer, and president of SYSCO Corporation, Houston, Texas. Previous winners include: James S. Broadhurst, chairman and chief executive officer, Eat’n Park Hospitality Group; Robert F. Cotter, president and chief operating officer of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.; Allan L. Schuman, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Ecolab, Inc.; Michel Landel, president and chief executive officer of Sodexho; Marilyn Carlson Nelson, chairman and CEO of Carlson Companies, Inc.; Joseph Neubauer, chairman and CEO, ARAMARK; Henry R. Silverman, chairman and CEO, HFS Incorporated; Herman Cain, former president, Godfather’s Pizza; Raymond Schultz, former president and CEO, Promus Hotel Corporation; J.W. Marriott, Jr., chairman and president, Marriott Corporation; Barron Hilton, chairman and president, Hilton Hotels Corporation; and Walter J. Conti, a member of the Penn State Board of Trustees, retired owner of Conti’s Cross Keys Inn and Pipersville Inn in Doylestown (Pennsylvania), and creator of the distinguished Conti Professorship in the School of Hospitality Management.
About The Penn State Hotel and Restaurant Society (PSHRS)
The Penn State Hotel and Restaurant Society has been active in the life of the University since 1942, when it was founded as the Junior Charter of the Penn State Greeters. The name of the organization was changed to the Penn State Hotel and Restaurant Society in 1948 in order to enhance the reputation of the hotel, restaurant and institutional management program at Penn State and to strengthen the organization’s links to the hospitality profession.
PSHRS started as a student organization and is still a powerful student organization on campus. Today, the group is recognized as the “umbrella organization” of the school, shaping and protecting its individual members and expanding its influence into other group organizations within the Penn State School of Hospitality Management. Today, PSHRS sponsors numerous activities and programs throughout the year, including the “Benefield Bash,” the Hospitality Executive of the Year Award Dinner, and an awards program honoring outstanding alumni of the School. At the same time, members of the student chapter engage in many fundraising, networking, and educational activities that have been at the core of the PSHRS mission since its founding more than 60 years ago.
About MICROS Systems, Inc.
MICROS Systems, Inc. provides enterprise applications for the hospitality and retail industries worldwide. Over 220,000 MICROS systems are currently installed in table and quick service restaurants, hotels, motels, casinos, leisure and entertainment, and retail operations in more than 130 countries, and on all seven continents. In addition, MICROS provides property management systems, central reservation and customer information solutions under the brand MICROS-Fidelio for more than 20,000 hotels worldwide, as well as point-of-sale and loss prevention products through its subsidiary Datavantage for more than 50,000 specialty retail stores worldwide. MICROS stock is traded through NASDAQ under the symbol MCRS.
For more information on MICROS and its advanced information technology solutions for the hospitality industry, please contact Louise Casamento, Vice President of Marketing at (443) 285-8144 or (866) 287-4736. You can also visit the MICROS website at www.micros.com or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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