Department of Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Management

Dept Advisory Board

Mr. Robert Ashby
Ashby Management Company, Inc.


Mr. L. Edwin Brown
International Ambassador
American Culinary Federation


Dr. Marvin J. Cetron
Forecasting International, LTD.


Mr. John C. Cini
Chairman Emeritus
Cini-Little International, Inc.


Ms. Julie Coker
Senior Vice President
Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau

Mireille S. Cottle
Area Director, Eastern Region
Marriott International

Dr. Alexander R. Doberenz
Dean and Professor Emeritus
University of Delaware


Lewis Fader
Vice Presidential Operations -- Eastern US & Canada
InterConitnental Hotels & Resorts

George Fiorile
Vice President & General Manager Hotel Operations
Dover Downs Hotel and Casino

Mr. Skip Fox
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar


Mr. Plato Ghinos
Shaner Hospitality Solutions


Mr. Robert Grimes
ConStrata Technology Consulting

Jean Leahy Jakoby
VP Sales Recreation and Retail
PepsiCo Foodservice

Mr. Edgar L. Jaramillo-Vasconez
Talent Acquisition Partner
Darden Restaurants

Dr. Sheryl Kline
Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management


Mr. Reas Kondraschow
CEO, Founding Partner
3R Hospitality Partners, LLC


Mr. Frederick Lankford
Senior Vice President, Distribution Services
Sysco Corporation


Mr. Jerry Leeman
Perk Dynamics, Inc.

Mr. Mark Lomanno
Industry Executive


Mr. Joseph A. McInerney
President & CEO
American Hotel & Lodging Association


Mrs. Michele Metrinko Rollins
Rollins Jamaica, Ltd.


Mr. Gary Price
Corner Baker Cafe 

Mr. Thomas Ruff, CHA
Senior Vice President
The Biltmore Compan


Mr. John J. Russell
Campus Brands


Mr. Amar T. Tailor
General Manager
Garrison's Lake Wine & Spirits


Mr. Xavier Teixido, FMP
Harry's Hospitality Group

John Timmerman
Vice President, Global Guest Experience & Room Operations
Marriott International, Inc.

Mr. Frederick M. Tibbitts, Jr.
President & CEO
Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.


Mr. Ralph O. Williams
Chairman Emeritus
HRIM Advisory Board


Prof. Paul E. Wise, CHA
Chair & Professor Emeritus
University of Delaware


Governor Dale E. Wolf
Former Governor
State of Delaware


Advisory Board Emeritus


Mr. Bill Allen, Outback

Mr. Walter Conti, Restaurateur

Mr. Wallace Doolin, President & CEO, Buca Inc.

Mr. David E. HollowellUniversity of Delaware
Executive Vice President and University Treasurer Emeritus

Mr. Albert Niggli
Executive Representative of the Board of Directors
Swiss School (SSTH)
Arabella Schweiz AG

Mr. Lance Shaner, Shaner Hotels

Mrs. Kathleen Smith,The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company
Senior VP of Human Resources

Mr. Steven Rudnitsky, Dolce Hotels and Resorts
President and CEO

Mr. Rod Stoner(retired) The Greenbrier

Onno Poortier, Hotel Leela Venture Ltd.





The Lerner College is home to a state-of-the-art financial trading facility, the $1.5 million student-led Blue Hen Investment Club, a student-managed restaurant and hotel, a high-technology development center of a global bank and a start-up experience for students with new business ideas.

Undergraduate scholarships, made possible through the generosity of alumni and friends, enable us to support promising scholars. Here, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and his mother, Leni Markell, join recipients of the William Markell Scholarship (center), which benefits students in Accounting and MIS.

The Institute for Financial Services Analytics is a collaboration between the Lerner College, UD's College of Engineering and JPMorgan Chase, and hosts events for academics and the business community designed to address consumer analytics and industry applications.

All Lerner College departments offer discovery learning experiences and emphasize data-based analytics to enrich the student experience. Here, students at Vita Nova, our award-winning restaurant run through HRIM, joined professional chefs and winemakers in hosting a 2014 Mid-Atlantic Wine and Food Festival event.

Lerner College faculty - like Meryl Gardner, whose research on foods and moods was recently published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology - are thought leaders who command attention from influential business audiences, economists and policy makers.

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