Hotel and Restaurant Society gala to honor Hilton president and CEO

October 07, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Penn State Hotel and Restaurant Society Hospitality Executive of the Year event will be held on Oct. 12 at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center on the University Park campus.

The event will include the presentation of the Hospitality Executive of the Year Award to Chris Nassetta, president and CEO of Hilton.

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

Old Main Sponsor

  • Hilton

Nittany Lion Sponsor

  • Host Hotels & Resorts
  • Marriott International Inc.
  • Park Hotels & Resorts

Blue Sponsors

  • Ernst and Young LLP
  • First American Title Insurance Company
  • The Penn Stater Hotel & Conference Center

White Sponsors

  • Accenture
  • Ecolab
  • Guest Supply
  • Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL)
  • mroads
  • PepsiCo Foodservice
  • PwC
  • U.S. Travel Association


  • American Hotel & Lodging Association
  • Apple Hospitality REIT
  • Ashford
  • Crescent Hotels & Resorts
  • Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
  • IHG
  • KM Development Works LLC
  • McNeil Hotel Company LLC
  • Oracle Hospitality
  • Shiji Group
  • Urgo Hotels & Resorts

About the Penn State Hotel & Restaurant Society

The Penn State Hotel and 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.

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Last Updated October 07, 2021