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Hilton Lecture Series

In 1989 at the National Restaurant Show in Chicago, a $100,000 check was presented by Carl T. Motteck (BA ’51), president of Hilton Hotels Corporation, to what was then called the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management. This represented the first installment in a $500,000 commitment by Hilton Hotels Corporation to create the Hilton Hotels Professor of Hospitality Financial Management. Dr. Ray Schmidgall was selected as the first Hilton Hotels Professor of Hospitality Financial Management in 1989. He is still the only MSU professor to serve as the Hilton Hotels Professor.  Dr. Schmidgall conceived of the idea of a “Hilton Lecture Series” which each year would address a single, topical issue facing the hospitality industry from both the hospitality industry’s and the hospitality academy’s perspectives.  This innovative lecture series began in 1991 and continues today to bring leading hospitality experts to campus each fall.

Hilton Lecture Series XXVIII

Date: October 18-19, 2018
Topic: Women in Financial Leadership
Academic & Industry Speakers:
  • Agnes L. DeFranco, Professor, Conrad N. Hilton Distinguished Chair
  • Cindy Braak (BA ’78), Senior Vice President, Finance Business Partner, Marriott International, Inc.
  • Peggy Berg (BA ’78), Director, The Castell Project, Inc.

Hilton Lecture Series XXVII

Date: October 12-13, 2017
Topic: Print Media
Industry Speakers:
  • Eliza Selig, Director of Communication at Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals.  As the Director of Communications for Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP), a non-profit, international association, she manages and produces a wide-variety of communication, educational and marketing projects. Eliza is the in-house editor, author, manager, consultant and designer for all communications projects, helping the organization produce successful publications that meet the organization’s goals.
  • Atul Sheel, Ph.D., Graduate Program Director and Associate Professor of Finance at University of Massachusetts (Isenberg School of Management).  Atul received his Ph.D. in Business Administration (Finance) from the University of Massachusetts. He has several years of quality executive experience in the hospitality industry. He has published several refereed papers in national and international refereed journals including the Cornell Hotel and Restaurant Administration Quarterly, Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research, Journal of Hospitality Financial Management, Journal of Quality Assurance in Hospitality and Tourism, and Hospitality Research Journal. He is the editor of the Journal of Hospitality Financial Management and serves on the editorial review board of several important refereed journals including the Cornell Hospitality Quarterly, International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, International Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Administration, the Journal of Food Service Business Research, and the UNLV Journal of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Science.

Hilton Lecture Series XXVI

Date: October 8-9, 2015
Topic: The “Art” of the Deal
Industry Speakers: This year Matthew Sparks (BA ’94) spoke to undergraduates on the sale of the Waldorf Astoria New York in early 2015. Sparks is the senior vice president of luxury, lifestyle, and full-service development for Hilton Worldwide, leading the company’s corporate and luxury brand growth and development in North America. Hilton’s luxury brands include both the Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts and Conrad Hotels & Resorts brands. The academic speaker was Dr. John O’Neill, professor and director of the Center for Hospitality Real Estate Strategy at Penn State University. He addressed graduate students, faculty, and staff, sharing a paper on the sale of hotels, exploring when and why investors sell.

Hilton Lecture Series XXV

Date: September 18-19, 2014
Topic: Globalization Revisited
Industry Speakers: Industry expert, Fred Kleisner (BA ’66), independent director of publicly held companies including Kindred Healthcare and Apollo Residential Mortgage, as well as Caesars Entertainment and Academic expert, Dr. Chekitan S. Dev, associate professor of strategic marketing and brand management in the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University

Hilton Lecture Series XXIV

Date: October 17-18, 2013
Topic: Think Like The Owner
Industry Speakers: HP Rama, chairman and CEO of JHM Hotels and past chairman of the American Hotel & Lodging Association and Dr. Barry Bloom, COO of Inland American Lodging Advisor, Inc.

Hilton Lecture Series XXIII

Date: October 4-5, 2012
Topic: The Evolution of the Uniform System of Accounts for the Lodging Industry
Industry Speakers: John Baldante, PKF and Robert Mandelbaum, PKF

Hilton Lecture Series XXII

Date: September 29-30, 2011
Topic: International Financial Reporting Standards
Industry Speaker: Arlene Ramirez, Controller of The Woodlands, shared her vast knowledge of IFRS with students.
Academic Speaker: Dr. Ersem Karadag, Robert Morris University, discussed his research regarding this soon to be required financial reporting system for U.S. public companies.

Hilton Lecture Series XXI

Date: September 30 – October 1, 2010
Topic:  Research perspective on the hospitality accounting profession
Industry Speaker:  Lucinda Hart, COO of HFTP
Academic Speaker: Dr. Gordon Potter, Professor at Cornell, brought research perspective on the hospitality accounting profession.

Hilton Lecture Series XX

Date: November 2009
Topic: Club Management
Industry Speaker: James B. Singerling, CCM, CEO of Club Managers Association of America (CMAA)
Academic Speaker: Dr. Jason P. Koenigsfeld, senior vice president of professional development of CMAA
Two panels of industry experts addressed what they viewed as pressing issues facing their industry. One panel of COOs/GMs covered “Revenue Growth Strategies for the Future,” with Rick Bayliss (BA ’85), CCM, CCE, chief operating officer of The Lost Tree Club inNorth Palm Beach,FLand national director on the Board of the CMAA, serving as moderator. Panel members included Jeff Anderson (BA ’90), CCM, general manager of the Traverse City Golf & Country Club; Todd Beals, chief operating officer of the Detroit Golf Club; and Richard Bruner, general manager of the University Club of MSU.
The panel of controllers discussed “Cost Control Strategies for Tough Times” with Tom Smith, CHAE, chief financial officer of the Westmoor Country Club, serving as moderator. Panel members included Frank Agnello (BA ’80), controller of The Wyndgate Country Club; Cheryl Brennan, controller of the Bloomfield Hills Country Club; and Rosemarie Harmon, controller of The University Club of MSU. Both groups presented creative ideas, and both concluded that early student involvement in the CMAA is critical to the future of the club industry.

Hilton Lecture Series XIX

Date: September 2008
Topic: Revenue Management
Industry Speakers: JoAnn Cordary Bundock, senior vice president of International Revenue Management, Marriott Lodging, Inc.; Gregory J. Cross, senior vice president, Revenue Management, Hilton Hotels Corporation; Bill Winzer, vice president, Pricing & Analysis, International Revenue Management, Marriott Lodging, Inc.; John F. Luke, general manager, Hilton Minneapolis, Hilton Hotel Corporation; and William Ninivaggi, area general manager, Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.
Academic Speakers: Dr. Stowe Shoemaker, associate dean of research and Donald Hubbs professor, Conrad N. Hilton College, University of Houston.

Hilton Lecture Series XVIII

Date: September 2007
Topic: Statistical Research Methodology
Academic Speakers: Dr. Seung Hyun Kim, assistant professor, Hospitality and Tourism Department, Buffalo State – State University of New York Dr. Anna Mattila, associate professor, Department of Hotel, Restaurant and Recreation Management, Penn State University Dr. Connie Page, director, Center for Statistical Training and Consulting, Michigan State University

Hilton Lecture Series XVII

Date: October 2006
Topic: Hospitality Executive Development Summit
Participants: Tony Alexander, director of merchandising, Chartwells School Dining Services Steve Bauman, vice president of talent acquisition and HR research, Marriott International Inc. Jeff A. Beck, assistant professor, The School of Hospitality Business John Bernier, director of human resources, Hilton Hotels Carl Borchgrevink, associate professor, The School of Hospitality Business Ronald F. Cichy (BA ’72, MBA ’77), director and professor, The School of Hospitality Business Authella Collins Hawks, SIRC director, The School of Hospitality Business Billy Downs (BA ’88), president & CEO, bd’s Mongolian Barbeque Restaurants Jeffery D Elsworth, assistant professor, The School of Hospitality Business David Frayer, director, Broad College Executive Development Programs Samir Gupte, vice president of human resources, Bahama Breeze Sherri G. Henry, coordinator of academic student services, The School of Hospitality Business Michael L. Kasavana, The National Automatic Merchandising Association Professor in Hospitality Business, The School of Hospitality Business Bonnie J. Knutson, professor, The School of Hospitality Business Lena Loeffler, assistant to The School director, The School of Hospitality Business Michael L. Minor, director of culinary services, Custom Culinary, Inc. Jack D. Ninemeier, professor, The  School of Hospitality Business Jim Phelps, president, Northcrest Corporation Mark Prince, general manager, Marriott Hotel Indianapolis, White Lodging Services James F. Rainey, associate dean emeritus and graduate programs coordinator, The  School of Hospitality Business Michael H. Rice (BA ’76), director, Auxiliary Services, MSU Housing and Foodservice Mike Rice (BA ’91), general manager, Quality Suites Hotel Raymond S. Schmidgall, Hilton Hotels Professor of Hospitality Financial Management, The  School of Hospitality Business Allan L. Sherwin, Dr. Lewis J. and Mrs. Ruth E. Minor Chef – Professor of Culinary Management, The  School of Hospitality Business Arjun Singh, associate professor, The  School of Hospitality Business John Theuer (BA ’82, MBA ’83), CFO, Panda Restaurant Group, LLC Jim Wardlow, principal, Publicom, Inc.

Hilton Lecture Series XVI

Date: September 2005
Topic: Global Real Estate Development
Industry Speaker: Hugh A. Andrews (BA ’71, MBA ’72), founder and president International Hospitality Enterprises, Inc.
Academic Speaker: Allen Toman, professor of real estate & finance Ecole Hotelier de Lausanne

Hilton Lecture Series XV

Date: October 2004
Topic: Foodservice Leadership
Industry Speaker: Philip J. Hickey, Jr. (BA ’77), chairman and CEO RARE Hospitality International, Inc.
Academic Speaker: Dr. William Fisher Darden Eminent Scholar in Restaurant Management Rosen School of Hospitality Management University of Central Florida

Hilton Lecture Series XIV

Date: October 2003
Topic: Asset Management
Industry Speaker: David Johnstone (BA ’79), senior vice president Millerglobal Properties LLC
Academic Speaker: Dr. Jack Corgil, professor School of Hotel Administration Cornell University

Hilton Lecture Series XIII

Date: November 2002
Topic: Financial Management Education
Industry Speaker: Jim Burba (BA ’77), Vice President/Worldwide Director of Advising services Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo
Academic Speaker: Dr. Agnes DeFranco, interim dean Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management University of Houston Attendees: Dr. Raymond Schmidgall, The  School of Hospitality Business, MSU Authella Collins Hawks, The  School of Hospitality Business, MSU Dr. Bonnie Knutson, The School of Hospitality Business, MSU Dr. Ronald F. Cichy (BA ’72, MBA ’77), The School of Hospitality Business, MSU Daniel Daniele (BA ’77), Baymont Franchises International, Inc. Stuart Turner (BA ’97), Secured Capital Corporation Peggy Berg (BA ’78), Hotel Investment Advisement, Inc. Blair Wills (BA ’02), Hotel Asset Value Enhancement, LLC Richard Conti (MBA ’76), Boykin Lodging Company Sherri Henry, The School of Hospitality Business, MSU Dr. Alan Grunewald, Department of Finance, MSU David Johnstone (BA ’79), Millerglobal Properties LLC Michael Damitio (BA ’96), Department of Accounting, Central Michigan University Kristin St. Marie (BA ’87, MS ’99), Michigan State University Charles Goffnett (BA ’03), Houston’s Restaurants Joel Hiser (BA ’73), Horwath Hospitality Investment Advisors James Anhut (MBA ’85), Six Continents Hotels Katherine Hooper, (BA ’03), MSU Frank Agnello, Jr. (BA ’80), The Wyndgate Club Tierney Orfgen (MS ’02), MSU John Weeman, Jr. (MBA ’79), Weeman Partners in Development Dr. Jeff Elsworth, The School of Hospitality Business, MSU James Burba (BA ’77), Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo Dr. Michael Kasavana, The School of Hospitality Business, MSU Dr. Jeff Beck, The School of Hospitality Business, MSU Richard Bruner, General Manager, University Club of MSU Dr. AJ Singh, The School of Hospitality Business, MSU Dr. Carl Borchgrevink, The School of Hospitality Business, MSU

Hilton Lecture Series XII

Date: September 2001
Topic: The Future of Hospitality Education
Dean of theSummit: W. Terry Umbreit (BA ’63) Director – Hotel and Restaurant Administration Washington State University
Industry Speaker: Professor Donald I. Smith, formerly CEO of Shakey’s Pizza, and former director of MSU’s School of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management (HRIM)
Academic Speaker: Dr. William Lazer, professor emeritus of Michigan State University and distinguished research Scholar and Sensormatic chair in marketing at Florida Atlantic University

Hilton Lecture Series XI

Date: October 2000
Topic: Quality and Ethics
Industry Speaker: Patrick Mene, vice president of quality The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.
Academic Speaker: Steve Hall (MBA ’66), founder and director International Institute of Quality & Ethics in Service and Tourism

Hilton Lecture Series X

Date: October 1999
Topic: Hospitality Technology
Industry Speaker: Francis J. Durocher, senior vice president and CIO Hilton Hotels Corporation
Academic Speaker: Mr. Mark Hamilton, associate professor Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management University of Houston

Hilton Lecture Series IX

Date: October 1998
Topic: Hotel Industry Statistics
Industry Speakers: Richard C. Conti (MBA ’76), chief operating officer, Boykin Lodging Company Chuck Ross (MBA ’76), vice president, Smith Travel Research
Academic Speaker: Dr. Jan DeRoos, assistant professor, School of Hotel Administration Cornell University

Hilton Lecture Series VIII

Date: October 1997
Topic: Strategic Planning
Industry Speaker: Morris Lasky, president of Lodging Unlimited, Inc.
Academic Speaker: Dr. Michael D. Olsen (BA ’67, MBA ’73), professor, Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Hilton Lecture Series VII

Date: March 1997
Topic: Mergers and Acquisitions
Industry Speaker: Steven N. Kisielica (BA ’92), director of development for Geller and Co.
Academic Speaker: Dr. Francis A. Kwansa, associate professor, School of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management University of Delaware

Hilton Lecture Series VI

Date: October 1995
Topic: Consulting
Industry Speaker: Peggy A. Berg (BA ’78), president of the Highland Group
Academic Speaker: Dr. Paul Beals, director and professor, Statler Hotel Management Program Canisius College

Hilton Lecture Series V

Date: October 1994
Topic: Hospitality Valuation
Industry Speaker: Stephen Rushmore, president of Hospitality Valuation Services
Academic Speaker: Dr. Rick Andrew, associate professor of hospitality finance Penn State University

Hilton Lecture Series IV

Date: October 1993
Topic: Trends in Franchising
Industry Speakers: Donald L. Harrill, executive vice president of Hilton Inns, Inc. Dan Hannah, executive director of franchising, TGI Friday’s
Academic Speaker: Dr. Mahmood Kahn, professor and head, Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Hilton Lecture Series III

Date: October 1992
Topic: Leadership
Industry Speakers: Carl T. Mottek (BA ’51), president of Hilton Hotels Division
Academic Speaker: Dr. Florence Berger, professor, School of Hotel Administration Cornell University

Hilton Lecture Series II

Date: April 1992
Topic: Ethics
Industry Speakers: William C. Lebo, senior vice president and general counsel of Hilton Hotels Corporation
Academic Speaker: Dr. David L. Whitney, associate professor, Department of Marketing and Hospitality Services Administration Central Michigan University

Hilton Lecture Series I

Date: October 1991
Topic: Globalization
Industry Speakers: Eric M. Hilton, president of Conrad Hotels International
Academic Speaker: Dr. Robert Wilson, professor, Department of Hotel, Restaurant and Travel Administration, University of Massachusetts-Amherst


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