Previous Distinguished Speaker Series Speakers

Spring 2014

  • Bill McCormick, Chairman, McCormick & Schmick’s
  • Mark Keiser, Vice President, Development, Starwood Hotels & Resorts
  • Belinda Mazarello-Kracunas, Chief Operating Officer, Longwood Venues & Destinations
  • Rajesh Khubchandani, General Manager, Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common & Ritz Carlton Residences
  • Steve DiFillippo, Owner, Author, Entrepreneur, Davio’s
  • Rachel Roginsky, Principle, Pinnacle Advisory Group
  • Jim Kauffman, President, US and Canada Division for Full Service Hotels, The Americas Marriott International
  • Ian Carter, President, Global Development, Hilton Worldwide
  • Richard Szymanski, Chief Financial Officer, Morgans Hotel Group
  • Rosamond Cosentino, Director & Chief Administrative Officer of Executive Services, Citi Global Executive Services
  • Edwin Fuller, Former President & Managing Director, Marriott Lodging International; President, Laguna Strategic Advisors, LLC

    Spring 2013

    • Francis X. Acunzo, CEO, Acara Partners
    • Abigail A. Charpentier, HR Vice President, Sports & Entertainment, Stadiums & Arenas, ARAMARK
    • Stan Frankenthaler, Vice President Innovation, Executive Chef, Dunkin Brands
    • Paul Sacco, President and CEO, Massachusetts Lodging Association
    • Javier Goizueta, Vice President, The Coca-Cola Company; President, Global McDonald’s Division
    • Kevin Mallory, Global Head, CBRE Hotels
    • John Martin, President, The Capital Grille
    • Beth Steucek, CEO, New England Inns and Resorts Association
    • Barbara Lang, Founder, The Etiquette Factor
    • James Rooney and Milt Herbert, Executive Director and Marketing Director, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA)
    • Michelle Russo, President & Founder, hotelAVE

    Spring 2012

    • Chef Brian Halloran, Executive Chef, Locke-Ober
    • Jan Freitag, SVP, Global Development, Smith Travel Research
    • Punit Shah, SHA’02, President & COO, Liberty Group of Companies
    • Susan Moon & Robert Levine, New England Business Travel Association
    • Dennis Lombardi, SVP Strategy, WD Partners
    • Javier Rosenberg, SHA’94, VP, Owned & Managed Operations, Carlson Hotels Worldwide
    • Eric Danziger, President and Chief Executive Officer, Wyndham Hotel Group
    • Denise Coll, Advisory Board, President, North America, Starwood Hotels & Resorts
    • Morris Moinian, President, Fortuna Realty Group
    • Ben Pollinger, Executive Chef, Oceana Restaurant
    • Maureen Downey, SHA’94, Owner, Chai Consulting

    Spring 2011

    • Peter Christie, President CEO, Massachusetts Restaurant Association
    • Robert Earl, President & CEO, Planet Hollywood
    • Thomas Engel, Advisory Board Vice-Chair, President, T.R. Engel Group, LLC
    • Christine Wynne, CAS’94 , Director, Presidential Functions, Boston University
    • Jim Abrahamson, President, The Americas, InterContinental Hotels Group
    • Ed Fuller, SMG’68, Advisory Board Chair, President & Managing Director, Marriott International
    • Ian Carter, President of Global Operations, Hilton Hotels Worldwide
    • Robb Webb, Advisory Board, Chief Human Resources Officer, Global Hyatt Corporation
    • George Poll, SHA’84, Owner, Poll Hospitality Group
    • Marc Bruno, President, Stadiums, Arenas & Convention Centers, ARAMARK
    • Manny Costa, CAS’74, Advisory Board, President, Costa Fruit & Produce
    • Denise Coll, Advisory Board, President, North America, Starwood Hotels

    Spring 2010

    • Rachel Roginsky, Principal, Pinnacle Advisory Group
    • Richard Carbone, CEO & Owner, Collegiate Hospitality
    • Seth Greenberg, Owner, Ames Hotel, Paradise, M-80 Mistral, Woodward Restaurant
    • Andrew Holden, General Manager, Eastern Standard
    • Anthony Valletta, General Manager, Tavolino
    • Steven Jermanok, Author/writer, Activetravel.com
    • Scott Cutaneo, Chef & Owner, Le Petit Chateau
    • Bill Taylor, General Manager, Four Seasons Hotel Boston
    • Richard Kelleher, CEO, Pyramid Advisors
    • Ed Fuller, President, Marriott Lodging-International
    • Larry Broughton, President, Broughton Hospitality
    • Robert Wilkinson, Executive VP, Hillstone Restaurant Group

    Spring 2009

    • Jodi Smith. Partner, Mannersmith Etiquette Consulting 
    • Rachel Roginsky, Principal, Pinnacle Advisory Group 
    • Thomas Engel, Owner, T.R. Engel Group
    • Kevin Kearney, EVP, International Hotel Development, Marriott International
    • Barbara Lynch, Chef & Owner, Barbara Lynch Gruppo & Eli Feldman, Director of Operations, Barbara Lynch Gruppo & SHA Graduate 
    • Paul Sacco, President, Massachusetts Lodging Association and former Director of Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism
    • Robin Brown, Principal, CWB Boylston LLC, Developer of Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Boston and former General Manager, Four Seasons Hotel Boston 
    • Ted Ratcliff, Senior Vice President, Operations East, Hilton Hotels
    • J. Alan Hayman, Principal, Hayman Consulting Group & former EVP, Micros Systems
    • Denise Coll, President, Starwood Hotels North America
    • Robb Webb, Chief Human Resources Officer, Global Hyatt

    Spring 2008

    • Stuart Meyerson, General Manager, Liberty Hotel, Boston
    • Rachel Roginsky, Principal, Pinnacle Advisory Group
    • Michael Doyle, EVP, Asset Management, Capital Hotel Management & SHA Parent
    • Maureen O’Hanlon, Senior Consultant, The Prism Partnership
    • Robin Brown, Principal, CWB Boylston LLC, Developer of Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Boston and ex-General Manager, Four Seasons Hotel, Boston
    • Denise Coll, President, North America Division, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Inc.
    • Edwin Fuller, President & Managing Director, Marriott International
    • John Shigley, EVP-Operations, MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
    • Jeffrey Selden, Director, Food & Beverage, New York Palace Hotel & SHA Alumnus
    • Barbara Talbott, EVP, Marketing, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts
    • Christopher Collins, Restaurant General Manager, Hillstone Restaurant Group, SHA Alumnus & Anthony Valletta, Managing Partner, LongHorn Restaurant Group, SHA Alumnus
    • Larry Broughton, President, Broughton Hospitality (Boutique Hotel Company)

    Spring 2007

    • James Rooney, Executive Director, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority
    • Bjorn Hanson, Managing Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers Hospitality Practice
    • Gregory Vickowski, EVP & CFO, Procaccianti Hotel Group
    • Ryan Cole, Manager, Clio, SHA Alumnus
    • Eli Feldman, Manager, No. 9 Park Street Restaurant, SHA Alumnus
    • Andrew Holden, Manager, Eastern Standard Restaurant, SHA Alumnus
    • Richard Colangelo, Director of Operations for Boston/Cambridge, Kimpton Hotel Group
    • George Berkowitz, Founder and Chairman, Legal Sea Foods
    • Stevan Porter, Chairman & CEO, USA InterContinental Hotels
    • Harold Theran, Owner & Developer, Regency Boston Hotel and SHA Parent
    • Jacqueline Sonnabend, EVP, Sonesta Hotels and Resorts
    • Geoff Gardner, Executive Chef and Partner, Sel de la Terre Restaurant and SHA Alumnus
    • David Marr, VP, Sales and Field Marketing, Starwood Hotels and Resorts
    • Richard Ade, CFO and Executive Vice President, Ocean Properties and SHA Parent
    • Josh Lesnick, Founder & CEO, imin.com (travel website) and former VP, Marketing, North American Division, Starwood Hotels and Resorts

    Spring 2006

    • Tim Kirwan, General Manager and Vice President, InterContinental Boston and ex-Managing Director, Hotel Commonwealth
    • Rachel Roginsky, Principal, Pinnacle Advisory Group
    • Pat Moscaritolo, President & CEO, Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau
    • Stefanie Gerken, Director of Operations, Finale Desserts
    • Ronald Shaih, CEO, Panera Bread Company
    • Jim Apteker, Owner, State Room, SHA Alumnus
    • Jeffrey Selden, Director, Food & Beverage, New York Palace Hotel, SHA Alumnus
    • Paul Pinto, Corporate Director of Labor Relations, Omni Hotels, SHA Alumnus
    • Ted Ratcliffe, SVPOperations East, Hilton Hotels
    • Simon Cooper, President & COO, Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company
    • John Shigley, CFO, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas
    • Larry Broughton, President, Broughton Hospitality (Boutique Hotel Company)

    Spring 2005

    • Bjorn Hanson, Global Hospitality Industry Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers
    • James Rooney, Executive Director, Massachusetts Convention & Exhibition Center
    • Timothy Kirwan, General Manager, Commonwealth Hotel
    • Paul MacPhail, President & COO, Uno Restaurant Holdings
    • Keith Clancy, Executive Recruiter, Houston’s Restaurants
    • Gary Leopold, President & CEO, ISM Strategic Marketing
    • Skip Sack, Major Stockholder, Applebee’s Restaurants; Owner, Several Irish Pubs
    • Edwin Fuller, President and Managing Director, Marriott Lodging International
    • Jan Shrem, Proprietor, Clos Pegase Wine Company
    • Fred Kleisner, Chairman, President & CEO, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
    • Michael Leven, President & CEO, US Franchising Systems, Inc.
    • Gary Loveman, Chairman & CEO, Harrah’s

    Spring 2004

    • James Rooney, Executive Director, Mass. Convention Center Authority
    • Rachel Roginsky, Managing Principal, Pinnacle Advisory Group
    • George Poll, Owner, Bryant & Cooper Steak House, SHA Alumnus
    • George Berkowitz, Chairman, Legal Sea Foods
    • Denise Coll, Chief Operating Officer, World Trade Center & Seaport Hotel
    • John Murtha, General Manager, Cambridge Royal Sonesta Hotel
    • Bill McCormick, Owner, McCormick & Schmick Restaurants
    • Jim Apteker, Owner, Veronique and Bay Tower Restaurants, SHA Alumnus
    • Jeffrey Selden, Director, Food & Beverage, New York Palace Hotel, SHA Alumnus
    • David Keamy, Area Director of Marketing, Ritz-Carlton Hotels of Boston
    • Harold Theran, Developer, Regent Hotel, Battery Wharf – Boston, SHA Parent
    • Josh Lesnick, Vice President, Marketing, North America Division, Starwood Hotels & Resorts
    • Douglas Geoga, President, Hyatt Hotel Corporation

    Spring 2003

    Theme: Hospitality Industry: Emerging From Difficult Times

    • Timothy Kirwan, Managing Director, The Hotel Commonwealth
    • Thomas Engel, Chairman & CEO, T.R. Engel Group, Inc.
    • Lydia Shire, Owner & Chef, Locke-Ober Restaurant
    • Jeffrey Saunders, President & CEO, Saunders Hotels Group
    • Bjorn Hanson, Managing Partner, Pricewaterhouse Coopers Hospitality Practice
    • Karen Waltuck, Owner & Chef, Chanterelle and LeZinc Restaurants
    • William McCormick, Owner, McCormick & Schmick Restaurants
    • Richard Bartell, Owner, Seven San Diego Hotels
    • Michael Leven, Chairman & CEO, U.S. Franchising Systems
    • Wolf Hengst, President, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts
    • Edwin Fuller, President & Managing Director, Marriott Lodging – International

    Spring 2002

    Theme: Hospitality Management During Difficult Times

    • Rachel Roginsky, Principal, Pinnacle Advisory Group
    • Gloria Larson, Chairman, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority
    • Timothy Kirwan, Sy Mintz & Peter NessenDevelopers, Hotel Commonwealth
    • Denise Coll, Chief Operating Officer, World Trade Center & Seaport Hotel, Boston
    • Rick Kelleher, Ex-President, Promus and Doubletree Hotel Corporations
    • Joe McInerney, President, American Hotel & Lodging Association
    • George Berkowitz, Founder & Chairman, Legal Sea Foods
    • Dave Keamy, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau
    • Rocco Dispirito, Owner, Union Pacific Restaurant, SHA Alumnus
    • Richard Bartell, Owner, Bartell Hotels (both independent & franchised hotels)
    • Bob Cotter, Chief Operating Officer, Starwood Hotels & Resorts
    • Carol Beggs, Vice President, Technology, Sonesta Hotels
    • Javier Rosenberg, SHA Graduate & General Manager, Atlanta Swissotel

    Spring 2001

    • Robyn Brown, General Manager, Boston Four Seasons Hotel
    • Susan Brush, Vice President, Westin Brand Manager, Starwood Hotels and Resorts
    • Jon Cahill, President & CEO, planetbistro.com
    • Keith Clancy, Executive Recruiter, Houston’s Restaurants
    • Roger Cline, Director, Hospitality Consulting Services Arthur Andersen
    • Sid Feltenstein, Chairman & CEO, Yorkshire Global Restaurants
    • Laurence Geller, Chairman & CEO, Strategic Hotel Capital Incorporated
    • Tim Healy, CEO, planetbistro.com
    • Dr. Robert Krim, Executive Director, Boston History Collaborative
    • Jim Pilarsk, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Marriott International
    • Armando Rodriguez, Director, Environmental Affairs – Disney
    • John Russell, Chairman, American Hotel & Lodging Association
    • Raxit Shah, President, Liberty Group of Companies
    • George Vizar, Vice President, Food & Beverage, Hyatt Hotel Corporation

    Spring 2000

    • Richard Bartlett, President, Bart-Rich Enterprises (major Burger King licensee)
    • George Berkowitz, Founder & Chairman, Legal Sea Foods, Inc.
    • Robert Cumings, Partner, Cumings / McNulty
    • Ira Goldklang, Vice President & Group Director, Strategic Marketing, Inc.
    • Bjorn Hanson, Global Hospitality Industry Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers
    • Robert Huntington, Vice President, Strategic Planning, Allied Domecq
    • Gloria Larson, Chair, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority
    • Charles Ledsinger, President & COO, Strategic Marketing, Inc.
    • Michael Leven, President & CEO, U.S. Franchising Systems
    • Stephanie Seacord, Independent Consultant, Hospitality Public Relations
    • Marc Shapiro, Director of Hospitality Services, Pinnacle One
    • Gordon Stevenson, Chief Marketing Officer, Millennium Hotels and Resorts
    • Bruce Wolff, Senior Vice President, Distribution, Sales & Marketing, Marriott International

    Spring 1999

    • Hugh Andrews, President, International Hospitality Enterprise
    • Jim Apteker, Owner, Veronique Restaurant, SHA Alumnus
    • David Chag, General Manager, Country Club of Brookline, MA
    • Denise Coll, Chief Operating Officer, World Trade Center Boston and Seaport Hotel
    • Thomas Engel, President, T. R. Engel Group, LLC
    • Edwin Fuller, President and Managing Director, Marriott Lodging – International
    • Donald Landry, Vice Chairman & CEO, Sunburst Hospitality Corporation
    • Gary Leopold, President & COO, Strategic Marketing, Inc.
    • Stuart Meyerson, General Manager, Hyatt Regency Cambridge
    • John Russell, Vice Chairman, Cendant Travel Division; President & CEO, RCI Global Operations
    • “Skip” Sack, Former owner of Pub Ventures of New England & currently a major shareholder of Applebee’s International
    • Robert Sage, President, Sage Hotel Corporation
    • John Wilhelm, President, Hotel Employees & Restaurant Employees International Union

    Spring 1998

    • Nicholas Athanasiou, Vice President, Arthur D. Little International
    • George Berkowitz, Founder & Chairman, Legal Sea Foods, Inc.
    • Thomas Engel, Executive Vice President, ERE Yarmouth & Head, Lodging & Leisure Group
    • Laurence Geller, Chairman & CEO, Strategic Hotel Capital Incorporated
    • Leslie Hogan, Vice President, Marketing, Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau
    • Thomas Kershaw, Chairman, National Restaurant Association; Owner, Hampshire House and Bull & Finch Pub (“Cheers”)
    • Michael A. Leven, President & CEO, US Franchise Systems, Inc.
    • Irma S. Mann, Founder, CEO & Chairman, Strategic Marketing Inc.
    • Roderick McLeod, Senior Vice President – Marketing, Carnival Corporation
    • Scott Miller, Executive Vice President, Hyatt Development Corporation
    • Bruce A. Rogal, Co-Founder, Rogal Associates (now a division of McGettigan Partners)
    • Marc Shapiro, Vice President – Facilities, Loews Hotels
    • Jacqueline Sonnabend, Executive Vice President, Sonesta International Hotels
    • Gordon Stevenson, President & CEO, Interactive Entertainment Limited