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School of Hospitality Leadership

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As the world's fastest growing and most dynamic industry, hospitality offers seemingly endless professional opportunities. The School of Hospitality Leadership, located within the prestigious Richard H. Driehaus College of Business, was established with the support of a $7.5 million gift from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.

Beginning in the autumn of 2010, the school began preparing students for leadership roles within the hospitality field by providing them with a depth and breadth of superior business education coupled with the appropriate hospitality industry knowledge sets. In 2015, the School of Hospitality Leadership was named as the most recognized hospitality program in Illinois.

The School of Hospitality Leadership's strategic planning efforts were used to shape the school's vision and values from the very beginning. Those efforts maximized the use of advisory board members, industry leaders, university alumni and academic professionals through focus groups to create a unique and innovative program that will ultimately provide a comprehensive educational experience preparing students for leadership opportunities of today and the industry challenges of tomorrow.

The importance of hospitality is undeniable to many nations and localities. It is the business of travel and tourism. Hospitality is rooted in social engagement and is in alignment with DePaul University's founding principles, which are focused on the goodness and kindness to others.

Students aspiring toward leadership positions in hospitality will enter a dynamic industry filled with endless opportunity, benefits and reward. While there are clear attractions to working in the industry — interacting with people, travel and the satisfaction of working in service — understanding the unique challenges of serving people is critical to success in a competitive environment. Today's hospitality leaders must deal withcomplex factors such as globalization, sustainability, new business and financial models, and rapidly changing consumer demands.


The Marriott Foundation Center for Student Development and Engagement

The center provides personalized career planning and development strategies to all DePaul hospitality students while engaging them with our key industry partners and alumni for career success in our field.

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The DePaul Center for Research and Education in Hospitality Leadership

Drawing on the expertise of our business college faculty, the center engages industry leaders, owners and practitioners in timely research and offers professional development workshops and consultation services to hospitality managers and entrepreneurs.

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The Hospitality Advisory Council

Members of the Hospitality Advisory Council (HAC) represent a wide range of hospitality organizations that operate in the U.S. and internationally with a strong representation in the Chicago hospitality community. These individuals bring a perspective to our program that helps us infuse worldwide trends and priorities, aiding us in keeping our program at the leading edge of the field.

As senior organizational leaders, members are highly visible advocates who champion our program across the industry. Their depth of leadership experience and organizational competence enables them to provide counsel in our preparation of students as future industry leaders and professionals.

Paul Daly
Area Vice President and General Manager
Hyatt Regency O'Hare

Vice Chairman
Jerry Cataldo*
President & Chief Executive Officer
Hostmark Hospitality Group

Past Chairman

oseph McInerney*
President & Chief Executive Officer
McInerney Hospitality International, LLC


An asterisk (*) indicates that a member of the HAC is also a DePaul University alumnus/alumna.

The HAC members serve on two subcommittees and one task force which guide our school in student preparation for successful hospitality careers. These two subcommittees and the task force include academic programs, industry and student engagement, and alumni relations and involvement respectively.

  • Jim Abrahamson
    Chief Executive Officer
    Interstate Hotels & Resort  
  • Thomas F. Aichele
    Vice President, Central Division and Canada, Global Sales American Airlines
  • Daniel Beider*
    Chairman and Senior Managing Director 
    Paramount Lodging Advisors
  • Carlyn Berghoff
    Chief Executive Officer
    Berghoff Catering & Restaurant Group
  • Sarah Bond
    Director of Human Resources
    Four Seasons Hotel Chicago
  • Thomas Caplice*
    Founding Partner
    MacNell Accounting & Consulting, LLP
  • David Causton
    General Manager McCormick Place
  • John Colletti
    Managing Partner
    Gibsons Restaurant Group
  • Anthony Falor*
    Managing Director
    National Hospitality Group Ten-X
  • Michael Feigenbaum
    General Manager
    Westin Lombard Yorktown Center
  • Fran Ferrone*
    Executive Vice President 
    American Sightseeing International
  • Laurence Geller
    Chief Executive Officer & Chairman 
    Geller Investment Company
  • Sheldon Ginsburg*
    Retired Chief Executive Officer & Chairman
    Shell Vacations LLC
  • Ernest Glidden*
    Senior Vice President, Finance Operations
    Caesars Entertainment
  • Marc Gordon
    President & Chief Executive Officer
    Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association
  • Steven Hartenstein 
    Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer
    Phil Stefani Signature Restaurants
  • Marc Jacobs
    President & Executive Partner
    Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises
  • Michael Jacobson
    President & CEO
    Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association
  • Allison Johnson
    General Manager
    The Fortnightly of Chicago Club
  • George Jordan
    Area General Manager
    Godfrey Hotel Group
  • Arnold Karr*
    Karr & Associates
  • Colleen Keating
    Executive Vice President of Operations
    Davidson Hotels & Resorts
  • Anthony Klok
    Rebel Hospitality
  • David Kong
    President & Chief Executive Officer
    Best Western Inc. Corporate Headquarters
  • Phillip Kuhn
    Senior Vice President
    HUB International, Limited
  • Rick Kroner
    General Manager
    The Metropolitan Club
  • Nancy Lally 
    Regional Director of Human Resources
    Hilton Worldwide
  • Mark Lauer
    General Manager
    Sheraton Grand Chicago Hotel
  • Thomas Loughlin
    Area Vice President (North Central Region)
    Hilton Worldwide
  • Steven Marx*
    Founder, Hotel Source, Inc.
  •           Director, Murphy Asset Management
  • Michael McCarthy
    Vice President of Hospitality Brand Management Standard Textile, Inc. 
  • Carrie Meghie*
    Becker Ventures
  • William Moore
    Area Director of Finance
    Four Seasons Hotel Chicago
  • Nancy O'Brien*
    Senior Director, National Accounts
    Garrett Brands, LLC
  • Shreyas "JR" Patel*
    Helix Hospitality
  • Thomas Robertson
    General Manager
    Chicago Marriott Downtown
  • George Ruff*
    Senior Principal
    Trinity Hotel Investors, LLC
  • Glen Ryniewski
    Assistant Commissioner
    Chicago Department of Aviation
  • Bob Sala*
    Retired Founder & Chief Executive Officer
    Distribution Market Advantage, Inc. 
  • Ted Selogie
    General Manager
    Swissotel Chicago
  • Nancy Slatin*
    General Manager
    Valley Lo Club
  • John Spidalette
    General Manager University Club of Chicago
  • Ron Swidler
    The Gettys Group
  • Sam Toia*
    Chairman of the Board
    Illinois Restaurant Association
  • Wayne Urbanek
    Managing Partner
    Lighthouse Consulting, Inc.
  • Bill Vinck*
    Managing Director
    Chapman Associates
  • Ron Vlasic
    Chief Operating Officer 
    Hostmark Hospitality Group
  • Christopher Wehking
    Chief Program Officer
    American Society of Anesthesiologists
  • Matthew Wehling
    Senior Vice President, Development North America
    Hilton Worldwide
  • John Wells
    General Manager
    Hilton Chicago Hotel & Towers
  • Barbara Wendel*
    General Manager
    Doubletree Suites & Conference by Hilton Hotel and Conference Center Downers Grove
  • Jay Williams
    Schiff Hardin, LLP
  • Rehan Zaid*
    Managing Principal  Prominence Hospitality Group

An asterisk (*) indicates that a member of the HAC is also a DePaul University alumnus/alumna.

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School of Hospitality Leadership
14 E. Jackson Blvd., Suite 320
Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: (312) 362-6777
Fax: (312) 362-6773