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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.


Marriott Foundation Center

The Marriott Foundation Center for Student Development and Engagement provides personalized career planning and development strategies to all DePaul hospitality students while engaging them with our key industry partners and alumni.

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Center for Research and Education in Hospitality Leadership

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
Senior Vice President, Select Operations
Hyatt Place and Hyatt House Americas

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
    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
    Regional Director of People & Culture, 
    Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts
  • Thomas Caplice*
    Founding Partner,
    MacNell Accounting & Consulting, LLP
  • David Causton
    General Manager,
    McCormick Place
  • John Colletti
    Managing Partner,
    Gibsons Restaurant Group
  • Paul Daly
    Senior Vice President, Select Operations,
    Hyatt Place and Hyatt House Americas
  • 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
  • Mike Fisher
    Director of Strategy, 
    M/A/R/C Research
  • Laurence Geller
    Chief Executive Officer & Chair, 
    Geller Investment Company
  • Sheldon Ginsburg*
    Retired Chief Executive Officer & Chair,
    Shell Vacations LLC
  • Ernest Glidden*
  • Marc Gordon
    Former President and CEO, 
    Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association
  • Steven Hartenstein 
    Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer,
    Phil Stefani Signature Restaurants
  • Marc Jacobs
    Divisional 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
    Oxford Hotels and Resorts, LLC
  • Arnold Karr*
    Karr & Associates
  • Colleen Keating
    Chief Operating Officer,
    The Americas Intercontinental Hotels Group
  • Anthony Klok
    Rebel Hospitality
  • David Kong
    President & CEO,
    Best Western Inc. Corporate Headquarters
  • Phillip Kuhn
    Senior Vice President,
    HUB International, Limited
  • Rick Kroner
    General Manager,
    Mid America Club
  • Nancy Lally 
    Regional Director of Human Resources,
  • 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,
    Hospitality Brand Management Standard Textile, Inc. 
  • Carrie Meghie*
    Becker Ventures
  • William Moore
    Area Director of Finance,
    Four Seasons Hotel Chicago
  • Nancy O'Brien*
    Strategic Solutions Consultants
  • 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 & CEO,
    Distribution Market Advantage, Inc. 
  • Ted Selogie
    General Manager,
    Swissotel Chicago
  • John Spidalette
    General Manager, 
    University Club of Chicago
  • Ron Swidler
    Chief Innovation Officer,
    The Gettys Group
  • Sam Toia*
    Chair 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
  • 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