The Advisory Board for the School of Hotel & Restaurant Management at USF Sarasota-Manatee held its first meeting of 2011. The goal of the Advisory Board is to ensure that the program is meeting industry needs in the community and staying abreast of latest industry standards in order to produce a high caliber student. “The most exciting thing for us is the quality of these board members and their willingness to invest in our program, our students, our faculty,” said Jay Schrock, Dean of the School of Hotel & Restaurant Management. “They are nationally recognized professionals who are helping us to ensure that we are producing the best students in the country.”
Pictured (L to R): John McKibbon, CEO of McKibbon Hotel Group; Jay Schrock, Dean of USFSM’s School of Hotel & Restaurant Management; Burton “Skip” Sack, Former Owner of Applebee’s Restaurants; John Walker, Professor at USFSM; Chip Parmelee, Executive Analyst Relations Director at BethCallans Management Corporation; James McManemon, Jr., General Manager at The Ritz Carlton-Sarasota; Drew Peloubet, Chairman of Restaurant Magic; Tom Tollette; Virginia Haley, Executive Director of the Sarasota Convention and Visitors Bureau; Leslie Power, In.Keeper at Hotel Indigo; Katarina Annaraud, Professor at USFSM; Cihan Cobanoglu, Professor at USFSM; Charles Githler, Chairman of Intershow; and Greg Dunn, Professor at USFSM. Not Pictured: Mark Becker, General Manager at Hyatt Sarasota; C.J. Fishman, President of Fishman & Associates; Judi Gallagher, Restaurant Consultant & Hospitality PR Specialist at Judi Gallagher & Associates; Mohammad Gharavi, General Manager of Holiday Inn Airport; Richard Gonzmart, President of Columbia Restaurant; Sean Murphy, Owner of Beach Bistro & Mangrove Grill Restaurants; and Bob Soran, President & CEO of Jack Graham, Inc.