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PSHRS 2017 Industry Awards- Hospitality Executive of the Year & Lifetime Ac...

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Nittany Lion Inn

200 West Park Avenue

State College, PA 16803

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Commemorating its 80th year of service and leadership in the hospitality industry, the Penn State University School of Hospitality Management’s alumni association, the Penn State Hotel & Restaurant Society (PSHRS) will honor hotel industry legends and innovators Leland Pillsbury and Ray Schultz with the Hospitality Industry Executive of the Year Award at a Gala Reception at the historic Nittany Lion Inn on April 20, 2017. The award and events coincide with the university’s 2017 Blue-White football game and weekend.

About the Honorees

Leland (Lee) Pillsbury is co-founder and co-chairman of Thayer Lodging Group, a Brookfield Company; founder of the Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship at the Cornell School of Hospitality Administration; and Chairman of the Board of Interstate Hotels and founder of numerous other companies. He joined Thayer Ventures recently in the role of managing director, and is a pioneer in supporting industry education and innovation at all levels. Among other businesses, Pillsbury co-founded Thayer Lodging Group, where he spent more than 15 years overseeing strategic expansion and a successful sale to Brookfield Asset Management. He is now a senior advisor to Brookfield Global Lodging. He began his career with a 19-year tenure with Marriott Hotels, where he rose to the position of EVP, revamping the group’s pricing strategies, creating the industry’s first revenue and yield management systems and more. Pillsbury has launched and directed close to 20 companies since that time.

Raymond E. Schultz, also known as Ray, has been the Chairman and President of RES Investments LLC since January 1999. Schultz served as the Chief Executive Officer of Promus Hotel Corporation, as the Chief Executive Officer and President of the Hotel Division of Promus Companies Incorporated and as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Hampton Inn/Homewood Suites Hotel Division. He began his career in hospitality with Holiday Inns, Inc., then owned by Promus Hotel Corporation and founded the Hampton Inn brand. He has been a Director of TBC Corp. since 1998 and Equity Inns Inc. since December 1998. He has been a Member of the Advisory Board at Scottsdale Lodging Investors, LLC since 2011 and a Member of the Advisory Board at North Central Group. He served as a Director of Choice Hotels International Inc., and Promus Hotel Corporation. He served the U.S. Air Force and was an F-89 pilot. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Labor Management Relations from Penn State and has been active with the University for several decades.


What are my parking options for the event?

The closest parking is the Nittany parking deck located next to the Nittany Lion Inn.

Visitors parking at the East, HUB, and Nittany decks will be required to take their entry ticket with them after parking their vehicle, as payment will be due before returning to the vehicle to exit. Entry tickets will still be issued from stations at the entrance to each facility, and the standard hourly parking rate will remain $1 per hour, with the exception of the East Deck, where the fee for the first hour of parking will be prorated at $0.25 for each 15-minute period.

When ready to exit, visitors will pay for parking by walking to one of the new pay stations located within each facility before returning to their vehicle. Nittany deck has three stations on ground level near each elevator and near pedestrian exit along west side of deck. These machines allow payment with a major credit or debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover), as well as with U.S. currency (cash or coin). Once payment has been received, visitors will return to their vehicle to exit the facility, submitting the paid ticket into any of the exit lane machines to open the exit gate.

Where can I stay?

There is a small room block available at the Nittany Lion Inn. Call 1-800-233-7505 and reference block code: SHMH17A. Rates: Wed., 4/19 and Thur., 4/20 = $135 per night, Fri., 4/21 and Sat., 4/22 = $309 per night. NOTE: The cut-off date for these reservations is Monday, March 27.

For additional accommodation options visit: http://www.visitpennstate.org/sleep/hotels-motels-&-inns/

What should I wear?

Attire is business professional.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Jackie Golas

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, as long as the registered name(s) match the person(s) attending.

What's the refund policy?

We understand that circumstances may change which have an effect on your ability to attend events that have been booked and paid for.

Should your attendance plans change the following will apply:

Name change:

Your registration is transferable to another attendee. There is no fee for a change in attendee name. Please email name change to shmevents@psu.edu.


Should you be unable to find a replacement and seek a refund, the following applies:

Once PSHRS has confirmed final minimum numbers with the venue and the cost is committed, no refund will be given. PSHRS must pass on this cost to the attendee who is cancelling.

  • Cancellations received by April 14, 2017 will receive a full refund.
  • Cancellations received after April 14, 2017 no refund will be given.

All cancellations must be advised via email to shmevents@psu.edu or requested via this event registration site.

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