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Industry Partner of the Year

Hundreds of hospitality organizations from every segment of the industry actively recruit our students for internships and permanent positions. Over the years, many of these same organizations have forged close partnerships with The School, providing guest speakers, sponsorship of School activities, funding for elective courses, corporate products, tours, accommodations, and student scholarships.

To recognize industry partners that have demonstrated consistent support over many years and commitment at the highest levels, The School names an annual “Industry Partner of the Year” during CAREER EXPO. We are proud to thank them, and again acknowledge the special connection they represent between the hospitality industry and The School.

This year, rather than honoring a corporation, students have elected to honor Billy Downs, one of our “powerful” alumni who epitomizes our 2017 theme, The Power of U! He is an innovative and passionate restaurateur who for many years has gone above and beyond in donating his time, industry knowledge, and charitable support in mentoring MSU Hospitality students.

2017 –  Mentoring Icon – Billy Downs


Past Recipients

2016 – Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants
2015 – InterContinental Hotels Group
2014 – Jones Lang LaSalle
2013 – Hyatt Hotels Corporation
2012 – ARAMARK
2011 – Marriott International
2010 – J. Alexander’s Restaurant
2009 – Las Vegas Sands Corp. and their subsidiaries The Venetian and The Palazzo
2008 – ECOLAB, Inc.
2007 – White Lodging Services Corporation
2006 – RARE Hospitality International, Inc.
2005 – The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel
2004 – Red Lobster
2003 – Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
2002- Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center

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