NAU’s School of Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRM) was founded in 1986 and since grown to offer one of the largest and most respected hospitality programs in the world. The outstanding curriculum and experiential learning activities are supported by amazing faculty, dedicated alumni, and passionate industry partners.
HRM’s National Advisory Board brings together these different groups to ensure that the school’s curriculum stays on target with industry trends and that the extra-curricular and pre-professional programs are effective at assisting students in their career paths.
The National Advisory Board serves as the primary link between HRM and our alumni, friends, and the business communities by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and information between those engaged in the hospitality industry and the HRM. In this way the curriculum, research, and service activities of the School will be informed by those engaged in the industry, and our industry partners will understand the HRM’s teaching, research, and service mission and accomplishments.
The goals and responsibilities of the National Advisory Board include raising community awareness of the need for private financial support within the School, advising the Dean and Executive Director on matters of concern to business and the community, and developing opportunities for business partnerships.
The National Advisory Board is comprised of the Advisory Board and our Industry Partners and Friends. Advisory board members commit to a high level of engagement with students, faculty, and staff, and bring experience with both the School and industry. Industry Partners and Friends are tremendous supporters of the School and give of their time and talents to ensure our students have a great experience and education.
General Manager / COO, Forest Highlands
CEO, Hale Collective
Associate Executive Director and Asst. Professor of Teaching, NAU School of Hotel & Restaurant Mgnt
Chief Operating Officer, MHG Hotels
President/COO, Lumberjack Hospitality LLC.
Board Chair, MoonshotAZ NACET
General Manager, Hyatt Regency Phoenix
Director of Human Resources, Enchantment Resort
General Manager, Shamrock Foods Arizona
Vice President of Human Resources, Fox Restaurant Concepts
Director, Marketing, Best Western Hotels & Resorts
District Manager, Sodexo
Director of Operations, BJ’s Restaurant’s Inc.
Vice President, Montage Hotels & Resorts
Scottsdale Community College, Program Director, Professor & Advisor
Director of Hotels, Drury Southwest, Inc.
President & CEO, Capital Solutions & Advisory Corporation
State Director, Arizona Department of Education – AZ FCCLA
Founder & Partner, O.H.S.O. Brewery
General Manager , JW Marriott Desert Ridge
Founder, CEO, Chairman of the Board, Mother Road Brewing
Franchise Owner & Operator, EventPrep
Hotel Director, CASINO ARIZONA/TALKING STICK RESORT
Interim Executive Director and Assoc. Professor of Teaching, NAU School of Hotel & Restaurant Mgnt
VP, Business Development and Sales Practice Lead, Dragonfly Strategists
Chef and Operating Partner, Virtu Honest Craft, Pizzeria Virtu, Piccolo Virtu
General Manager, Little America Hotel – Flagstaff
Director of Human Resources, Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa
President & CEO, CULT Artisan Beverage Company
Managing Director, CHM Warnick
Board Member, Phoenix Beer Company
Foodservice Sales Director , PepsiCo
Business Systems Project Manager, M Culinary Concepts
CEO, Kind Hospitality
Director of Purchasing, The Maggiore Group
We honor NAU’s late President Emeritus Eugene Hughes, the master architect of the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management Program, for his tireless service and contributions to the School and its National Advisory Board. His continuous support of the School changed the lives of countless students. While we will miss his spirit and dedication to the School dearly, his legacy gives cause to celebrate.