Conti Professorship

The Conti Professorship Program was established by alumni and friends of the Penn State School of Hospitality Management in 1987 to honor Walter J. Conti for his contributions to the School, to Penn State, and to the hospitality profession.

Those who are named Conti Professors—themselves recognized leaders within the hospitality industry—visit the school on a regular basis to interact with students and faculty, present guest lectures in hospitality and foodservice management, and speak at graduate and undergraduate colloquia.

Conti Professors

Marjorie Beasle (retired)
Bloomington Hospital

Thelma Becker
Food Service Consultant
TV Journal, Inc.

Debi Benedetti
Principal Owner
Beyond the Possible

Marilyn A. Benson
Principal
Twelve PalL.L.C.

Michael Berry
President
Michael P. Berry Consulting and Investments

Edward R. Book (retired)
Hershey Resorts

Norman Brinker (deceased)

James Broadhurst
Chairman
Eatín Park Hospitality Group

Stanley Bromley (retired)
Four Seasons

Richard Brown (deceased)

Herman Cain
President and CEO
T.H.E. New Voice, Inc.

Robert Cannard
Organic Farmer

Richard Cattani
Chief Executive Officer
Premier Catering Division, Compass Group

Leslie Christon
Vice President Foodservice
Flying J Inc.

Walter Conti (retired)
Conti Cross Keys Inn

Ralph Cryder (retired)
City of Long Beach, California

Michael DeLuca
President
Meister Media Worldwide

Fred J. DeMicco, Ph.D
Professor and ARAMARK Chair
University of Delaware
Department of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management

Bob Dickinson (retired)
Carnival Cruise Lines

Wallace B. Doolin
Chairman and Founder
Black Box Intelligence

Van Eure
Owner
The Angus Barn, Ltd.

James P. Evans
Chief Executive Officer
Brand USA

Ralph Evans (retired)
Evans Farm Inn

John Farquharson
President
International Food Safety Council

Joseph Fassler
Consultant
Viad Corp

William Fisher
Professor and Darden Eminent Scholar in Restaurant Management
University of Central Florida

Julie Flik
Co-Founder
Flik International

Bill Fortier
Senior Vice President, Development
Hilton Worldwide

Denise Fugo
Chairman & CEO
Sammyís Restaurant

Plato Ghinos
President
Shaner Hotel Group

Rob Grimes
Chairman,CEO & President
Constrata Tech Consulting

Joe Guzzo (retired)
Marriott International

Dieter Hannig (retired)
Disney Theme Parks

Franco Harris
President and Owner
Super Bakery, Inc.

Bjorn Hanson
Dean
Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality
New York University

Bob Honson (retired)
Portland Public Schools

Michael Hurst (deceased)

Everette James
Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Policy and Planning
University of Pittsburgh

Nancy Johnson
Executive Vice President, Industry Relations
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group

Raphael R. Kavanaugh, Ed.D. (deceased)

Michael Kay (retired)
Magnatrax Corporation

Graham Kerr
President
Kerr Corporation

Lendal Kotschevar (deceased)

Mark Lomanno
Executive Board Member
NewBrandAnalytics

Ronald Magruder
President and Chief Executive Officer
Carmine’s Restaurant Group

John W. Marriott III
Chief Executive Officer
JWM Family Enterprises, L.P.

Anthony Marshall (deceased)

Thomas McGlinchy (retired)
The School District of Philadelphia

George W. McKerrow Jr.
President and CEO
Tedís Montana Grill

Ferdinand Metz
President Emeritus
Culinary Institute of America

John C. Metz
Executive Chairman
Metz Culinary Management

Danny Meyer
Chief Executive Officer
Union Square Hospitality Group

Stephen Michaelides
Owner
Words Ink

W. W. “Biff” Naylor
Co-Owner and Chairman
Naylor Establishment

Michael Olsen
(deceased)

Lawrence A. Pande, Jr.
(deceased)

Georges Perrier
Owner
Le Bec Fin

Hasmukh P. Rama
Chairman and CEO
JHM Hotels

Neil S. Reyer (retired)
JPMorgan Chase

Robert E. Rich, Jr.
Chairman
Rich Products Corporation

Richard Rivera
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Rubicon Enterprises, L.L.C.

Timothy Ryan
President
Culinary Institute of America

Steve Rushmore
President and Founder
HVS Global Hospitality Services

Raymond E. Schultz
Chairman
RES Investments, L.L.C.

Allan Schuman
Chairman Emeritus
Ecolab

Fred Shaner (retired)
Shaner Hotel Group

Lance Shaner
Chairman and CEO
Shaner Hotel Group

William Shaw (retired)
Marriott International

Donald Smith
Professor Emeritus
Washington State University

Rodney Stoner
Owner
Rod Stoner, L.L.C.

James Sullivan
CEO
Sullivision, Inc.

Louis Szathmary (deceased)

Jackie Trujillo
Chairwoman
Harman Management Corporation

Frits van Paasschen
President and Chief Executive Officer
Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Jack Vaughn, CHA (retired)
Gaylord Entertainment Company

Regynald Washington
Vice President and General Manager
Disney Regional Entertainment

Shirley R. Watkins, FCSI
President and Founder
SR Watkins & Associates, L.L.C.

John Woodhouse (retired)
SYSCO Corporation

Richard Ysmael
President
Food Works Division of Compass North America