Hotel and Restaurant Society gala to honor National Restaurant Association CEO

March 28, 2019

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Penn State Hotel & Restaurant Society Hospitality Executive of the Year event will be held on April 3 at the Nittany Lion Inn on the University Park campus.

The event will include the presentation of the Hospitality Executive of the Year Award, to be presented to Dawn Sweeney, president and CEO of the National Restaurant Association.

Sponsors of the gala event, based on level of financial participation include:

Nittany Lion Sponsor

  • Marriott International
  • PepsiCo

Blue Sponsors

  • First American Title Insurance Company
  • Hilton
  • PSAV
  • The Nittany Lion Inn
  • PSAV

White Sponsors

  • Ecolab
  • Four Seasons


  • Ashford
  • ConStrata Tech Consulting
  • Crescent Hotels & Resorts
  • Host Hotels & Resorts
  • Oracle Hospitality
  • Pappas Restaurants
  • Park Hotels & Resorts
  • Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association
  • RSM 


  • Ackman-Ziff Real Estate Group LLC
  • Arkansas Hospitality Association
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Brandthumb
  • Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association
  • Food and Beverage Association of America, Inc.
  • Georgia Restaurant Association
  • IHG
  • Lehigh Valley Restaurant Group, Inc.
  • PJW Restaurant Group
  • Ralph Evans
  • SC@H Group
  • Shaner Hotels
  • Steelite International
  • Testo, Inc.
  • Urgo Hotels

About the Penn State Hotel & Restaurant Society

The Penn State Hotel & Restaurant Society (PSHRS) was founded to strengthen all hospitality professions and enhance the reputation of the Hospitality Management (HM) program. PSHRS is an Affiliate Program Group of the Penn State Alumni Association and the College of Health and Human Development Alumni Society. PSHRS provides a means for achieving closer fellowship among alumni, faculty and students. PSHRS serves those who are currently attending Penn State in HM or who are graduates of the program, as well as those who work within the HM industries and have attended Penn State or are "friends" of the program. 

About the School of Hospitality Management

The School of Hospitality Management is home to the third-oldest hospitality management program in the United States. Since its beginning in 1937, the program has grown to now be recognized as one of the most respected and distinguished hospitality management programs in the nation. By combining a broad educational foundation with specific courses designed to build strong leadership, business, and communications skills, and by requiring undergraduate students to accumulate 1,000 hours of real-world experience to graduate, students gain the theoretical, managerial, quantitative, organizational, and technical skills they need to become the next generation of leaders in the hospitality industry. The students’ relationships with faculty members and alumni serve to bolster this learning experience.

Click here to register for the event. 

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Last Updated March 28, 2019