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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

Javid Baig
Senior Vice President and Chief Client Officer, North America

Marjorie Beasle (retired)
Bloomington Hospital

Thelma Becker (deceased)
Food Service Consultant
TV Journal, Inc.

Debi Benedetti
Principal Owner
Beyond the Possible

Marilyn A. Benson
Twelve PalL.L.C.

Peggy Berg
Castell Project

Michael Berry
Michael P. Berry Consulting and Investments

Barry Bloom
President and COO
Xenia Hotels & Resorts

Edward R. Book (retired)
Hershey Resorts

Ray Blanchette
President and CEO
Au Bon Pain

Norman Brinker (deceased)

James Broadhurst
Eat’n Park Hospitality Group

Stanley Bromley (retired)
Four Seasons

Richard Brown (deceased)

Herman Cain (deceased)
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 (deceased)
Conti Cross Keys Inn

Ralph Cryder (retired)
City of Long Beach, California

Michael DeLuca
Meister Media Worldwide

Fred J. DeMicco, Ph.D (retired)
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
The Angus Barn, Ltd.

James P. Evans
Chief Executive Officer
Brand USA

Ralph Evans (retired)
Evans Farm Inn

John Farquharson (deceased)
International Food Safety Council

Joseph Fassler
Viad Corp

Gerald "Gerry" A. Fernandez
President and Founder

Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance (MFHA)

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

Julie Flik
Flik International

Bill Fortier
Senior Vice President, Development
Hilton Worldwide

Denise Fugo
Chairman & CEO
Sammy’s Restaurant

Plato Ghinos
Shaner Hotel Group

Rob Grimes
Chairman,CEO & President
Constrata Tech Consulting

Joe Guzzo (retired)
Marriott International

Robin Hamm
Vice President of Social Impact
MOD Pizza

Dieter Hannig (retired)
Disney Theme Parks

Franco Harris
President and Owner
Super Bakery, Inc.

Bjorn Hanson
Global Industry Chairman, Hospitality and Leisure
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Ankie Hoefnagels, Ph.D.
Global Minds
Zuyd 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
Kerr Corporation

Lendal Kotschevar (deceased)

Daniel Lesser
President and CEO
LWHA Hospitality Advisors

Mark Lomanno
Executive Board Member

Katherine Lugar
President and CEO
American Hotel & Lodging Association

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
Ted’s Montana Grill

Ferdinand Metz
President Emeritus
Culinary Institute of America

John C. Metz (deceased)
Executive Chairman
Metz Culinary Management

Danny Meyer
Chief Executive Officer
Union Square Hospitality Group

Stephen Michaelides
Words Ink

John Miles
President and CEO
Steelite International

Susan Morelli
Former President and CEO
Au Bon Pain

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

Michael Olsen

Lawrence A. Pande, Jr.

Georges Perrier
Le Bec Fin

Leland C. Pillsbury
Thayer Lodging Group

Hasmukh P. Rama
Chairman and CEO
JHM Hotels

Neil S. Reyer (retired)
JPMorgan Chase

Robert E. Rich, Jr.
Rich Products Corporation

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

Timothy Ryan
Culinary Institute of America

Steve Rushmore
President and Founder
HVS Global Hospitality Services

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

Allan Schuman
Chairman Emeritus

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
Rod Stoner, L.L.C.

James Sullivan
Sullivision, Inc.

Dawn Sweeney
President and CEO
National Restaurant Association

Louis Szathmary (deceased)

Jackie Trujillo
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 (deceased)
SYSCO Corporation

Richard Ysmael
Food Works Division of Compass North America